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Recommended Quarantine Routine Inspired by Art

Maya M. Tola 24 April 2020 min Read

Are you looking for activities to pass your time as you patiently (or not so patiently) wait for the Coronavirus pandemic to subside? Here are some ideas from the art world for how to spend your time!

Quarantine Routine Inspired by Art


This is a good time to read all the books you have been meaning to get to!

Quarantine Routine Inspired by Art
Nicolaas Van Der Waay, Amsterdam Orphan Girl, ca. 1890-1910. © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

You may be interested in reading more about the Rijksmuseum here.


If you fall asleep reading, embrace it! This is a perfectly acceptable quarantine activity.

Quarantine Routine Inspired by Art
Frederic Lord Leighton, Flaming June, ca. 1895, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

You can read more about the Flaming June here!

Practicing Music

Generally, a good idea… however, if you happen to be exceptionally tone-deaf, don’t punish your family and neighbors who are trapped along with you. Instead try one of the other (quieter) suggestions below.

Gustave Léonard de Jonghe, Practising, ca. 19th Century. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

If you are more of a listener, here you will find various Theatre Plays, Opera and online music to keep you entertained during the lockdown.


Cooking or learning how to cook is a highly recommended activity as well as an extremely productive use of your time!

Quarantine Routine Inspired by Art
Vincent van Gogh, Peasant Woman Cooking by a Fireplace, ca. 1885 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Here are seven extraordinary paintings by Van Gogh that you’ve probably never seen.


If you prefer to just eat instead, that’s okay too. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Annibale Carracci, The Bean Eater, ca. 1584 – 1585. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

You may wish to read more about Annibale Carracci here!

Feeding Your Pets

Though you may not need to be reminded – don’t forget to feed your pets. In fact, go ahead and give them extra treats! They (probably) deserve it!

Quarantine Routine Inspired by Art
Giuseppe Rambelli, Hebe Feeding Jupiter’s Eagle, ca. 1841. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Just in case you don’t have a pet eagle, you can read more about cats and dogs in art here.


We know you haven’t left your house in days, but you may need to change into clean pajamas (and wash the dirty ones) from time to time.

Jean-Baptiste Greuze, The Laundress, ca. 1761 © The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles CA.

Have a look at other masterpieces from the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles here.

Ironing Your Clothes

Now that you have done all your laundry, you might as well iron all your clothes too!

Quarantine Routine Inspired by Art
Edgar Degas, A Woman Ironing, ca. 1873 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.

Did you know Edgar Degas was an avid art collector? Read more about his private collection here!


If you have a green thumb (or a garden as beautiful as this) you should be out there tending to your plants right now!

Victor Gabriel Gilbert, Gardening, England. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Claude Monet was well-known for his renditions of gardens and nature, here is a brief story of Monet’s garden in Giverny.

Relaxing Baths

After all the cooking, cleaning, and gardening, we bet you would love a long relaxing bath before your next nap!

Quarantine Routine Inspired by Art
Auguste Rodin, Bathing Woman, ca. 1900 -1902, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic.

Don’t miss this great article about Auguste Rodin’s scandalous imagery!

Napping (Some More)

We can’t stress this enough! We recommend several naps a day – the more, the better!

John Collier, The Sleeping Beauty, ca. 1921, private collection. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Read more on bed stories here, the comfiest genre scenes in paintings!

Day Dream

You know what? If you want to just stare out of the window and wait for all of this to be over, that’s okay too!

Quarantine Routine Inspired by Art
Winslow Homer, At the Window, ca. 1872, Princeton University Art Museum, NJ, USA © Bruce M. White/ Princeton University.

This activity appears to rank high among artists of the 17th and 18th centuries. Check out more beautiful renditions of women waiting by their windows here!

Hang in there and stay safe!

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