Recreating masterpieces with a COVID-19 theme

As the spring 2020 semester was winding down, art history faculty member Heather McCune Bruhn engaged her students with various pedagogical methods in the new virtual education landscape. However, one of the most successful efforts came from a simple prompt: recreate famous works of art with a COVID-19 theme.

McCune Bruhn extended the challenge to students in all of her classes, and to her delight the results were “remarkable.”

More than one dozen photos from her Art History 111 and 122 courses, most with props such as personal protective equipment and cleaning products, poured into McCune Bruhn’s inbox. Included in the photo gallery are Jan van Eyck’s “Portrait of a Man,” recreated by Gabriel Wierer; “Dying Warrior,” recreated by Sarah Telsey; Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura),” recreated by Janneth Romero; Annibale Carracci’s “The Beaneater,” recreated by Arin Owens; Cariani’s “Portrait of a Venetian Gentleman,” recreated by Danial Desjardin; Da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine,” recreated by Allison Piech; and the “Veiled Dancer,” recreated by Cathleen Scura.