Woman Decides To Recreate One Classical Painting Per Day, Does An Awesome Job (30 Pics)

Art might imitate life, but there are some people who absolutely adore doing the opposite and decide to imitate art. In astonishing detail! One of these incredibly creative individuals is Liza Yukhnyova, an artist from Saint Petersburg in Russia, who has recreated famous paintings daily for an entire year.

She takes the high road and does things the hard, old-fashioned way, without any digital mumbo-jumbo. Liza does everything by herself, from the gorgeous and realistic costumes to the makeup and historic hairstyles.

Check out some of the artist’s latest intricate art recreations below, upvote your favorite ones, and be sure to let us know which ones you loved the most and why. If you love Liza’s recreations as much as we do, then be sure to follow her Instagram for her latest updates.And when you’re done with this list, check out Liza’s earlier feature on Bored Panda right here.

Liza told Bored Panda all about her project and how she juggled it with a full-time job and volunteering, so be sure to read on for our in-depth interview with her.#1 

Frederick Sandys “Cassandra” (1860)

Frederick Sandys "Cassandra" (1860)

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the annoying theatre kid1 day ago

ITS SO ACCURATE5ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#2 

Frederic Bazille “Young Woman With Lowered Eyes” (1869)

Frederic Bazille "Young Woman With Lowered Eyes" (1869)

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Mons Ole Bertilsen1 day ago

Wow, the makeup is spot on!7ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

Albert Lynch “A Girl In A White Bonnet” (~1918)

Albert Lynch "A Girl In A White Bonnet" (~1918)

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Fricsmom1 day ago

I had to double check for the original. Spot on!5ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

Artist Liza revealed to Bored Panda that she was born into a family of history professors and herself studied art, so her fascination with classic paintings seems natural. Because of her background, she saw that humanity has lots and lots of creativity during different time periods and in many cultural traditions.

Liza told Bored Panda that she herself was surprised that she could keep the daily posts up for such a long time. “I think the reason is that I see meaning and value in it. It’s a big honor to serve art. At the same time, it’s a great possibility to check [the limits of] my own possibilities and discipline. And I am proud that I can do this!”

If that weren’t enough, the artist kept the project up while also working full-time and also regularly volunteering for the Red Cross and the Red Crescent, as well as at a hospital charity for the homeless.#4 

William Holman Hunt “The Bride Of Bethlehem” (1884)

William Holman Hunt "The Bride Of Bethlehem" (1884)

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Ivan Kulikov “Wildflowers” (1913)

Ivan Kulikov "Wildflowers" (1913)

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Justin G22 hours ago

I love the title of the painting4ReplyView more comments#6 

Tito Conti “A Demure Beauty” (19th Century)

Tito Conti "A Demure Beauty" (19th Century)

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Lila Launehase1 day ago

If looks could kill 😀 great work, though!3ReplyView more comments

Because Liza focuses on the details of each recreation, each photo takes around 3 to 4 hours to get right. And that’s not even counting the time taken to find the painting in the first place! According to the artist, the research can take an even longer time to do, though that depends on a case-by-case basis.

Bored Panda wanted to find out which of Liza’s recent recreations she’s proud of the most. The artist was candid that she loves them all. “Each one of the recreations contains a piece of my soul, energy, and time. In some of the paintings, you can find people whom I love and admire, in some others—my state of mind. In other still—high ideals and patterns. So it’s difficult to choose one or even a few,” the artist shared.

However, Liza did add that some of the most special recreations for her include the recreations of Turkish artist Osman Hamdi Bey’s ‘Girl Reciting Quran,’ American artist Julius Gari Melchers’ ‘The Bride of Brabant,’ and Virginie Demont-Breton’s ‘Fisherman Woman Bathing Her Children.’ Liza plans to continue her amazing recreations after taking a short rest. It’s been a year, after all. “I still have a lot of ideas and pieces of art in my mind,” she said, adding that she’s thinking about other things besides recreations, too.#7 

Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky “Portrait Of A Nurse” (1910)

Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky "Portrait Of A Nurse" (1910)

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Suzanne Haigh18 hours ago

Yes, good this one it is spot on0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#8 

Firs Zhuravlev “After The Marriage” (1874)

Firs Zhuravlev "After The Marriage" (1874)

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the annoying theatre kid1 day ago

looks like her husband didn’t show up on the wedding day4ReplyView More Replies…View more commentshttps://be6e6ab9e14f09058223032666f95c33.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html#9 

Saturnino Herrán “Creole With Shawls” (1915)

Saturnino Herrán "Creole With Shawls" (1915)

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Fricsmom1 day ago

Perfect!0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

For Liza, art is a true, all-encompassing passion. Earlier, she explained that she loves admiring beauty and talent, so she wanted to bring well-known paintings into people’s lives so that they can feel the same way that she does.

What’s more, she hopes that her detailed recreations will inspire people to take a closer peek at paintings and notice all the small but important details hidden throughout. Not to mention the fact that Liza can make art seem like a lot of fun to some people who aren’t big on going to galleries and museums.

Originally, what inspired Liza to post her recreations was the LA-based Getty Museum challenge which we’ve written about before. In short, art lovers from all around the globe had a friendly competition to see who’d be best at recreating art masterpieces with the things they found lying around their homes.#10 

Konstantin Makovsky “Tea Drinking” (1914)

Konstantin Makovsky "Tea Drinking" (1914)

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Mons Ole Bertilsen1 day ago

No wonder why old European buildings have such high ceiling with hats like that!5ReplyView more comments#11 

Julio Romero De Torres “Rachel Meller” (1910)

Julio Romero De Torres "Rachel Meller" (1910)

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A Cat Named Dragon13 hours ago

This one is also gorgeous!0Reply#12 

Francisco Laso “Santa Rosa De Lima” (1859)

Francisco Laso "Santa Rosa De Lima" (1859)

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Meanwhile, the Getty challenge itself was inspired by the Dutch Instagram account Tussen Kunst en Quarantaine. So you can see what a long chain of artistic inspiration led Liza to grab the internet’s attention with her own photos.

Two other things that have astonished us a lot are the artist’s incredible discipline and dedication to her project. At first, Liza only intended to do the daily recreations for 30 days.

However, she’s been going strong ever since! Now that’s the kind of sustained passion that any creative would love to have, whether they’re a photographer, painter, or writer. In that time, Liza’s recreated a vast archive of art, from ancient paintings to some of the more exotic art found in regions like the Middle East and India.#13 

Ade Styka “Girl With An Apple” (1900)

Ade Styka "Girl With An Apple" (1900)

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Candace Alagappan1 day ago

Can you do the Mona Lisa?1ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

Virgine Demont-Breton “Fisherman’s Wife Coming To Bath Her Children” (1881)

Virgine Demont-Breton "Fisherman's Wife Coming To Bath Her Children" (1881)

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the annoying theatre kid1 day ago

that mom looks real tired lol5Reply#15 

Cecilio Guzmán De Rojas “Nusta” (1936)

Cecilio Guzmán De Rojas "Nusta" (1936)

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A Cat Named Dragon13 hours ago

This one is gorgeous!2ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

After hearing about the Getty challenge on the internet, Liza first decided to try and push herself to go for an entire month of doing daily recreations. Back then, she wasn’t sure if she’d succeed, she told Bored Panda. However, it turned out that she didn’t give herself enough credit. “When the 30 days were done, I couldn’t stop myself because I really wanted to show or remind other people about artists and artworks from the different epochs and cultural traditions. And I started to do it as series which reflect the ideas and personalities in art,” she said.

The entire project is a one-woman show. Liza does everything by herself, including the costumes and makeup. She styles her hair herself, uses a table lamp for lighting, and takes professional-quality photos using just her phone camera.

She’s also very resourceful in how she uses props. The artist uses everything and anything she finds at home to make the photos come alive. With nearly 6k followers on Instagram at the time of writing and growing, we see great things for the artist in the future.#16 

Vasili Pukirev “The Unequal Marriage” (1862)

Vasili Pukirev "The Unequal Marriage" (1862)

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the annoying theatre kid1 day ago

THE CURLSSSS3ReplyView more comments#17 

Giuseppe Mazza “Suppression Of The Monastery” (1867)

Giuseppe Mazza "Suppression Of The Monastery" (1867)

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Jesus Helguera “Portrait Of A Girl” (1940)

Jesus Helguera "Portrait Of A Girl" (1940)

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Grandma Shark17 hours ago

She has a perfect eye for the details!1ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

Jan Adam Kruseman “The Barted Bride” (1850)

Jan Adam Kruseman "The Barted Bride" (1850)

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A Cat Named Dragon13 hours ago


James Sant “The Artist’s Wife Elizabeth With Their Daughter Mary Edith” (1852)

James Sant "The Artist's Wife Elizabeth With Their Daughter Mary Edith" (1852)

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the annoying theatre kid1 day ago

awwwwww the baby in the original painting is so cute!5Reply#21 

Vasily Surikov “Head Of A Glancing Nun” (~1884)

Vasily Surikov "Head Of A Glancing Nun" (~1884)

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A Cat Named Dragon13 hours ago

She does the nuns really well!1Reply#22 

Anton Ebert “Portrait Of A Young Spanish Woman” (1880)

Anton Ebert "Portrait Of A Young Spanish Woman" (1880)

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A Cat Named Dragon13 hours ago

She must spend a great deal of time putting together these costumes!1Reply#23 

Belmiro De Almeida “The Chatterbox” (1893)

Belmiro De Almeida "The Chatterbox" (1893)

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A Cat Named Dragon13 hours ago

So cute! I want to sit next to her at the next party!1Reply#24 

Robert Henry “Mexican Girl, Maria” (1916)

Robert Henry "Mexican Girl, Maria" (1916)

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Vasily Surikov “The Head Of A Laughing Girl” (1890)

Vasily Surikov "The Head Of A Laughing Girl" (1890)

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Kristian Zahrtmann “Christina In Palazzo Corsini” (1908)

Kristian Zahrtmann "Christina In Palazzo Corsini" (1908)

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Fricsmom1 day ago

Love the spoon.1ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#27 

Edmund Blair Leighton “Maternity” (1917)

Edmund Blair Leighton "Maternity" (1917)

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A Cat Named Dragon13 hours ago

OK, I had to look this one up. A picture of a nun and the name “Maternity” The painting includes a mother and baby sitting to the right of the nun but they’ve been cut out of the frame here : )0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#28 

Conrad Kiesel “Spanish Woman” (1920)

Conrad Kiesel "Spanish Woman" (1920)

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Susan Green1 day ago

Wow! These are all so good.2Reply#29 

Lilla Kabot Perry “Mrs. Joseph Clark Crew” (1904)

 Lilla Kabot Perry "Mrs. Joseph Clark Crew" (1904)

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Easily Excitable Panda23 hours ago

I love Lilla Cabot Perry. Easily my favorite artist. I’ve had a framed print of her “Lady With a Bowl of Violets” for years.2ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

William Powell Frith “Alexandra, Princess Of Wales” (1867)

William Powell Frith "Alexandra, Princess Of Wales" (1867)

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Note: this post originally had 124 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

Follow Bored Panda on Google News!68 FollowJonas GrinevičiusWriter, BoredPanda staff

Jonas is a Bored Panda writer who previously worked as a world news journalist elsewhere. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, he returned home and graduated from Vilnius University with a master’s degree in Comparative Politics. Jonas enjoys writing articles ranging from serious topics like politics and social issues to more lighthearted things like art, pop culture, and nature. In his spare time, Jonas writes books and short stories and likes to draw lighthearted illustrations. A huge fan of literature, films, philosophy, and tabletop games, he also has a special place in his heart for anything related to fantasy or science fiction. Read more »


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