During the last Humanities lecture, Professor Munger gave us an idea for a final project. She presented her amazing attempts at the Getty challenge, a challenge where you try to recreate a painting or work of art with household items. My friends and peers (Olivia Harper, Emily Ezell, and Virginia Adams) and I wanted to attempt this challenge, however, in the midst of social distancing, we could not do it together through any normal means. But, Olivia came up with the brilliant idea of using photoshop as a method of working around social distancing, and so we all dressed up as our respective characters and got some photos to edit together.
I present our recreation of Las Meninas, by painter Diego Velázquez, featuring Olivia’s dog, Lucy
Verses the original painting…
It was an incredibly fun project, something that kept our minds off quarantine and brought us together. I’m so glad that something intended to be just a box to check off ended up being so enjoyable, and now I completely understand why Professor Munger ended up recreating four paintings, not just one.
Furthermore, this connects to my theme because, in our minds, this image no longer is attached to just its beauty. Whenever we see this painting, we will immediately connect it to the story of how we recreated it. Both beauty and story combine with imagery and experience through this project. The story and the image have become forever tied together with our experience.