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Want to do more than just look at great paintings? Rediscover art with VanGoYourself.

Hello from VanGoYourself

Spring has sprung and, over the Easter holiday, we really enjoyed seeing people get inspired and impersonate some of the artworks to choose from on our site. We've got news of one museum where people spent the first weekend of the month joyfully messing around with jewellery and costumes, a couple of awards we're chuffed to bits to have received and tales of fruit, vegetables and cats. Read on and give yourself a grin!

VanGoYourself wins two awards

People always seem to have loads of fun with VanGoYourself, but it's nice to get official recognition. We're really thrilled to have won two awards at last weekend's Best of the Web awards in Chicago, run by Museums and the Web. We were proud to have been nominated in such excellent company, and we plan to celebrate winning the Best Digital Exhibition and People's Choice category by getting even more people to pick a painting and have a go. We are also up for the Museums + Heritage Award for Innovation. The winner will be announced on April 29. Check out the rest of the shortlist hereIt's inspiring to see how innovative museums and heritage organisations can be.

Chipper in Chippenham

 
Linda Gordon, at the Chippenham Museum in Wiltshire, helped children create jewellery and head dresses based on artworks from vangoyourself.com. After printing out images on big sheets of paper and making dressing-up stations in front of them, the kids posed next to their recreations, proudly displaying the photos they got to take home. “It’s the kind of event that you can only really put on in a museum or gallery,” says Linda. “It was something that parents could get involved with, too.” They’ve already hosted another VGY event. We love it! Would you like to see this in a museum or gallery near you? Email us to join in.

 

(A veggie) Vertumnus by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

 
This extraordinary portrait depicts the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus, the Roman god of seasons. The painter, Italian Mannerist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, is famous for his whimsical portraits of human faces composed of objects that were related to the person he was painting. 
Try creating your own fruit and vegetable recreation by clicking on the button below!
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Fat Cat creates Purr-fect Masterpieces!

 
We love seeing how people lure their pets into VanGoYourself recreations, so naturally we adore Zarathustra the Cat. With a little help from his owners, he has recreated dozens of famous artworks - including some of our featured paintings! Click the image below and make your furry friend a masterpiece.