Discover Art in a Whole New Way

written by Anna on May 15, 2014 in Europeana Art and Inspired by Europeana and News with 3 comments

Tired of just looking at paintings? Now it’s time to get inside them and to discover art in a whole new way with VanGoYourself. Ever wanted to recreate a version of Vermeer’s Milkmaid in your own kitchen or get together with your friends on a Saturday night out and recreate the scene in Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper? You can now recreate classic scenes from some of the world’s most famous paintings in a contemporary setting, and share your masterpiece online.

How does it work?

First, channel your inner artist. Now pick a classic painting from the selection on the VanGoYourself website. Get together with friends and recreate the famous scene, take a snap and upload it to VanGoYourself. Your master will be twinned with the original artwork, after which it will be ready share online, thus immortalising your artistic talent for all to see!

Boy Blowing Soap Bubbles by Karel Dujardin (1628-1678) – vanGo’d by Jem

Boy Blowing Soap Bubbles by Karel Dujardin (1628-1678) – vanGo’d by Jem | CC-BY-SA. Painting: Statens Museum for Kunst / National Gallery of Denmark – CC-BY

VanGoYourself features works from Masters such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt – with over 50 paintings from more than 10 collections in seven European countries. Below we highlight some of the beautiful paintings that were selected. Visit VanGoYourself to explore the whole collection and get started. Need some inspiration? Watch this video on BBC.

VanGoYourself is a Europeana Innovation created as a pilot for the Europeana Creative challenges by Culture24 in the UK and in Luxembourg, both non-profit, independent art entrepreneurs.  The participating collections are the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels, the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen, the Herbert Gallery in Coventry, the Royal Pavilion and Museum in Brighton, the Compton Verney Museum (UK), the Villa Vauban in Luxembourg, the Saarlandmuseum in Saarbrücken and the Stadtmuseum Simeonstift in Trier, Germany.

Images: Public Domain, Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Museum