From digital art galleries to nostalgic DIY crafts, people are finding ways to embrace the creativity near and far. Many museums–including Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Los Angeles’ Getty Museum, and New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art–have encouraged their social media audiences to engage with their collections by challenging followers to recreate their favorite paintings. Knowing art enthusiasts cannot gallery hop for an unknown period of time, these institutions are instead building virtual galleries of self-made art viewable by anyone, anywhere. Thanks to dogs as models and wine bottles as buildings, people are doing everything they can to keep the passion and deep-rooted history of art alive throughout these trying times. While inventive, this viral Instagram challenge isn’t the first time creatives have looked to past works to fashion a modern masterpiece.
For years, photographers and fashion publications have dabbled with reinvigorating the cultural significance classic paintings hold. In CR’s third issue, photographer Anthony Maule reimagined Frida Kahlo’s “The Two Fridas” with model Cara Emmanuel posing as the painter, pictured above. The original double self-portrait expresses the duality of the artist and her simultaneous interconnectedness, which is reflected in Maule’s image through the contrast of the black and white dresses and the vines wrapping around the model.
Candice Huffine is another fashion figure that participated in a fine art adaptation. In a tantalizing, painting-like photo, Huffine embodied the goddess Venus arriving at the shore in a recreation of Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.” As for its significance, it stemmed far past the artwork’s Renaissance-based roots for the model. Combining today’s beauty standards with the ideals of the past, the body-positive advocate and plus-sized model chose to flaunt her bare body just like the curvy-shaped goddess in the original. “I have a body like Venus, and people wanted to use her as their muse,” Huffine said. “It’s well past time we acknowledge this is a body type that’s always been beautiful.”
For her female-powered clothing brand Inamorata Woman, Emily Ratajkowski superimposed her face on Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” for an accessories campaigns. Instead of the classic jewel flaunted in the original piece, Ratajkowski cleverly traded the muses’ pearl for Inamorata’s own figure-shaped earring. She aptly retitled her rendition of the Dutch oil painting “Girl with a Figure Earring.”
One of the most thought-provoking artworks of all time has to be Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” With the exact identity and origins of the woman in the painting remaining unknown, the muse has been exposed to assumptions throughout the artwork’s lifetime. That’s why supermodel Winnie Harlow was the perfect choice to reenact the half-length portrait. Diagnosed with the rare skin condition vitiligo from a young age, Harlow expressed that, similar to the “Mona Lisa,“ she has gone her whole life subjected to rumors and gossip. Finding parallels between the mysterious woman in the painting and her own story, the model embraced the narrative and made her modern day “Mona Lisa” an empowering statement.END
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