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Art Guide to Quarantine by DailyArt

Marta Wiktoria Bryll 17 March 2020 min Read

10 Art-History things you can do without leaving your house!

So, you’re bored in quarantine, or maybe they closed your favorite museum. The COVID-19 outbreak has us all wondering what to do. If, like us, you turn to art history in anxious times, you can use this Art Guide to Quarantine to fill your time with a bit of beauty.

DailyArt’s Art Guide to Quarantine

1. Start your day right with the DailyArt app

It’s basically a small museum in your pocket. This simple app showcases a different artwork each day, and might very soon become your favorite morning notification. Available for Android and iPhone, DailyArt has educational descriptions written by art-historians translated into 13 languages.

Pro tip? Use the “Archive” and “Favourite” option to create your own, personal art gallery.

Screenshot from the DailyArt app on tablet, biography of Vincent van Gogh with description and portrait
Screenshot from the DailyArt app,

2. Subscribe to the DailyArt Magazine

Yours and faithful! There’s so much to read. Discover our Painting of the Week, Women Artists archive… or get lost in WTF Art History (there are cats!).

painting by Pauline Roche, Sidestep at the Portraits; Art Guide to Quarantine
Pauline Roche, Sidestep at the Portraits, 2014, source:

3. Have a walk around MET or visit Taj Mahal… virtually

If you miss visiting a particular place you can use Google’s Streetview option to walk through the halls of your favorite museum. Or you can go to the Taj Mahal. Or Pompeii. The Rijksmuseum? The options are endless and you’ll also even find archives of already closed exhibitions. No queues, no tall people hovering in front of paintings. We could get used to this. 
The recently closed MET Museum has a very similar program, with six immersive videos in the 360° technique
If you have virtual reality equipment you can go for a short trip to Versailles.

painting by Pablo Picasso, Interior with a Girl drawing ; Art Guide to Quarantine
Pablo Picasso, Interior with a Girl Drawing, 1935, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

4. Find your new favorite artworks in an online gallery

Aside from the already mentioned DailyArt App and the Google Arts & Culture project, you can find and curate your favorite pieces in: 

  • Europeana — an amazing source for all European cultural heritage. It might be a useful link to pin for graphics and social media managers as it has a special catalog of Free Re-use images. 
  • Curiator is a collaborative project based on user-contributed art, so it might be a great place to find out about lesser-known names. 
  • And finally, for those crazy about medieval manuscripts, you’ll find a huge digitized collection on DMMapp by Sexy Codicology. 

Picture from the Asmole Bestiary, Manuscript with cats
Ashmole Bestiary, 1511, Oxford Bodleian Library MS., source DMAPP SexyCodicology.

5. Experiment with Art

Shadow art, collage, poem-portraits… Co-created by artists and coders, Google Arts & Culture experiments will be a never-ending source of fun. 
Check out Google Arts Experiments.

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Google Art Palette, search by color, source: Arts Experiments with Google.

6. Listen to podcasts

If you live with your headphones on, you might enjoy some of the more popular art podcasts.

The Art History Babes are basically friends that sip wine and discuss culture, and isn’t that what we all need sometimes? You can find them on Spotify or on their website
If you’re into unique finds, you’ll love ArtCurious and Jennifer Dasal’s commentary on juicy stories in art history. 

Ishibashi Kazonuri, Lady reading poetry, 1906, Shimane Art Museum, source: Shimane Art Museum Collection Online.

7. Study Art History

I especially like Smarthistory’s youtube videos – like this one about Elisabeth Vigee le Brun: (if you like this artist, you might want to check our painting of the week!). Smarthistory works in cooperation with Khan Academy, and is currently one of the best online courses available.

The Stadel Course of Modern Art is more of an appreciation course, where you’ll learn how to look at over 200 modern masterworks. It’s free of charge and based on easy, interactive modules. 

8. Become a critic of AI-art

It’s said to be the newest big genre in art. 9gans is an online art gallery consisting of pieces generated by Artificial Intelligence. It refreshes every hour, which means that every image is unique and most likely won’t appear again. 

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AI-generated image, source: 9gans.

9. Check out some good news-art channels

Some of my personal favorites are be:

  • Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings. I honestly couldn’t describe this website better than the writer did herself — “(…) search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought and feeling.” 
  • Hyperallergic, one of the best sources for contemporary art content. Podcast, reviews, they have it all. 
  • And again, don’t forget about DailyArt Magazine 🙂 

For quick tidbits and lots of visual inspiration, you won’t find a better place than Instagram and Twitter.

10. And if all else fails… Create!

You don’t need a professional canvas to be an artist. Listen to these words of advice by Ralph Waldo Emerson — “Every artist was first an amateur” — and start creating! Find your feelings and your style, and who knows, we might feature you one day.

If you enjoyed reading DailyArt’s Art Guide to Quarantine, here’s a full list of our “Lockdown” home entertainment articles. Stay safe and #Stayhome!

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The Best Art Videos for the Age of Quarantine

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Lockdown Artsy Entertainment Toolkit

Virtual Art Repositories – Explore Endless Artworks from Quarantine

Theatre Plays, Opera and Music Online to Keep you Entertained During Lockdown

15 Artsy Books To Read During Self-Quarantine

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