The Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum, by Fabrizio Verrecchia

Although social distancing and widespread closures of galleries and art venues have made the simple, peaceful act of wandering through an art gallery impossible for many of us, galleries the world over are adapting to this new, post-quarantine landscape. Major art venues are throwing open their digital doors and making both online tours of their establishments and catalogues of their works available to the public! This is an amazing way to continue and expand your love of art, and to see beautiful artworks in far-flung locations, from the comfort of your own home!

Some of the galleries making tours available include The National Gallery in London, known for their huge range of works by the Great Masters, The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home to works by Vermeer and Rembrandt, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, where Botticelli's famed Primavera and The Birth of Venus hang in the same room, the Louvre in Paris, home to the world's most famous face, the Mona Lisa, and the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, dedicated entirely to the works of the cubist and surrealist artist Pablo Picasso! This is by no means a complete list - almost any museum and gallery you can think of is offering some sort of tour or catalogue view online!

For more ways to interact and experience art at home, check out Google's Arts & Culture hub! They've got great ways to enjoy and interact with famous works of art including their Do It At Home-Strike A Pose section, which challenges viewers to replicate famous paintings at home with some incredible results like the Dog With(out) a Pearl Earring pictured below, and their Art Selfie feature, which allows people to have their selfies compared to the faces in famous works of art.

Girl With a Pearl Earring (left) by Johannes Vermeer, 1665, and Dog With(out) a Pearl Earring (right) by Twitter user @BlairBraverman, 2020.

Google Arts & Culture is also showcasing the works of many other galleries including Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and Queensland's own Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art!

Artists like Jose Manuel Ballester are contextualising the strangeness of social distancing and isolation through their art.  Check out his amazing socially distance artworks here, where he's altered famous artworks to show how they'd look if everyone stayed home. 

If you're more into making art than just viewing canvas prints, the New York Academy of Medicine has organised, where hundreds of libraries, museums and galleries have uploaded colour-able versions of artworks, allowing you to break out the colour pencils and kick the quarantine boredom! Color Our Collections is a yearly event that usually ends February 7th, but all the colouring sheets from this and previous years remain online for you to download and decorate to your heart's content! We especially love the Art Nouveau images in Europeana's colouring book, and the British Library's 2019 colouring book featuring Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations of Salome, and one of John Tenniel's famous Alice in Wonderland illustrations!

There are so many ways to interact with art while you're at home, and these are just the tip of the iceberg. Why not take the opportunity to create your own artwork? Engaging in the process of creating art, whether it be painting or drawing, textile arts like knitting, collage, pottery, or any other creative practice is not only relaxing and inspiring, it can also be valuable for both releasing and expressing emotions, and in relieving both the general depression and anxiety that many of us are experiencing in these uncertain times!

Here at The Canvas Art Factory, we're still open, and fulfilling both online and in-store orders! Call us today at +61 7 3383 2880 to learn more or visit our showroom and see what we have in store!