Bring the Blanton to Animal Crossing!

Bring the Blanton to Animal Crossing!

April 27, 2020 by Shelby Lakins

Screenshot from the Nintendo video game Animal Crossing New Horizons. A character shows off three pieces of art on display outside in the virtual game world. The pieces of art are virtual recreations of real life paintings. The paintings are; Simon Vouet's St. Cecilia, Fernando Botero's Santa Rosa de Lima según Vásquez and Paolo Veronese, Head of Saint Michael.

Imagine escaping to an island where you create your own paradise, where natural resources can become crafted into everyday tools, and friendly locals in the form of cute animals assist you in establishing your new life. You can even share your new found community with friends and family, perhaps even celebrities that you might not otherwise meet in real life. Nintendo have made this a virtual reality for gamers by releasing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as part of the family-friendly Animal Crossing video game series.

We were inspired by the Getty’s Animal Crossing Art Generator project to make our own virtual gallery of Blanton artworks available for our fellow villagers. If you have ever wished you could take the Blanton’s artworks home with you in your pockets, now it’s possible! Scan the QR codes in our gallery below to upload a selection of our favorite paintings to hang in your island home.

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Follow the Getty’s step-by-step instructions here to download art into your game, then design your own deserted-island gallery. Create your own shirts, hats, posters, or find more ways to display any of these miniature artworks!

We selected some of our collection favorites to share with you and we hope you create your own galleries to enjoy from home while we are all missing exploring the Blanton’s galleries. Sonya Clark’s portrait of Madam C.J. Walker made of plastic combs is a staff and visitor favorite and we hope you will enjoy this miniature version. The black and white grid of 3,840 combs creates a stunning likeness of America’s first self-made female millionaire. Display her alongside some of our favorite portraits of other famous ladies like George Romney’s Lady Hamilton and Andy Warhol’s screenprint of star and icon Farrah Fawcett.

You can also select some of our knockouts of twentieth century American paintings like Thomas Hart Benton’s Romance and Jerry Bywater’s Oil Field Girls. We also hope you enjoy these abstracted miniatures of mid-century abstract paintings like Joan Mitchell’s Rock Bottom and Dorothy Hood’s Zeus Weeps.

Share your galleries and your best looks with us online by tagging @blantonmuseum and #ACArtGenerator – we can’t wait to see what you create!

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