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People Stuck at Home are Recreating Famous Paintings and Its Awesome

During this time of isolation, art lovers around the world have found a way to unite and stay creative: by recreating classic artworks using whatever they can find at home. Several social media ‘challenges’ have gone viral online by institutions like the Getty Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Tussen Kunst & Quarantaine on Instagram. I’ve compiled some of my personal favorites below. But you can find many more submission on Twitter, Instagram (here too), Facebook, and reddit! 1. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci Recreation via Krlmhl on reddit 2. Arnolfini Wedding…

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The Smithsonian Puts 2.8 Million Images in the Public Domain

A Charlie Parker alto sax. The original patent model for the Singer sewing machine. Around 75,000 specimens of bees. All of these live in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution, the sprawling cultural organization that comprises 19 museums, nine research centers, and one 163-acre zoo. As of this week, images of these artifacts, part of a trove of 2.8 million digital pictures and 3-D models, will be in the public domain for the first time under the Smithsonian's new Open Access program. The Smithsonian is not the first organization to…

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