The artworks at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts have never seemed so lifelike. The MMFA is challenging Montrealers to recreate its collection in their own homes using household items, and the results are too good. Photos shared to the museum's Instagram account show its employees getting extra creative — and a little sassy — with the project.

The idea comes from the Insta account @tussenkunstenquarantaine, which has posted hundreds of images showing crafty individuals doing their best to stage some of the world's most recognizable works.

Museums around the world have followed suit in an effort to engage the public and inject some humour into social media feeds.

The idea has also become a fun way to parody the reverence typically reserved for works of art.

The MMFA encourages would-be-visitors to choose a work from its collection, "get creative in reinterpreting it," and share the final product by tagging the @mbamtl on Instagram.

The museum staff's attempts at recreation, shared with permission below, offer some inspiration.

Trevor Gould, Humboldt Goes to America. Photo by Christine Guest⁣⁣:

Pieter Jansz. Pourbus, Portrait of a young woman aged 18:

Gerrit van Honthorst, Woman tuning a luth:

Mariotto Albertinelli, La Sainte Famille avec l’adoration de l’Enfant:

Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a woman at the virginal:

Eduardo Basualdo, Teoría:

This is the second bath of creative photos from the MMFA staff.

The first showed some hilarious reenactments of Janet Werner's Sisters and Adonis Flores' Oratoria.

In addition to the online challenge, the MMFA has made virtual tours of its collection free through its app so Montrealers can still enjoy one of the city's most popular institutions from the comfort and safety of their homes.

To help with heightened stress and anxiety, it is also hosting weekly art therapy sessions on its Facebook page.

Stay tuned for more.

 
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