Endearing depictions of OAPs recreated as famous works of art lift spirits after winning awards

Top prize went to an interpretation of Johannes Vermeer’s 17th century painting The Milkmaid. ZDDP

A Poznań-based day care organization has delighted internet users with a series of endearing photos of elderly visitors recreated as famous works of art.

Authorities at the Zespół Dziennych Domów Pomocy (ZDDP) came up with the idea in a bid to raise the spirits of their visitors after seeing similar initiatives take place during the COVID-19 lockdown.

This hilarious image depicting a caped man with a chain of toilet paper strung around his neck (Portrait of a Young Gentleman by El Greco) took joint 2nd place.ZDDP

The submitted works were assessed by a specially selected competition commission comprised of the organizers as well as a panel of independent judges gleaned from institutions that cooperate with ZDDP.

After collecting the votes, the winners were announced with the top prize going to an interpretation of Johannes Vermeer’s 17th century painting The Milkmaid.

A pair of scantily-clad, fun-loving women (The Sistine Madonna by Rafael Santi) also took 2nd place.ZDDP

Tied for second were hilarious images depicting a caped man with a chain of toilet paper strung around his neck (Portrait of a Young Gentleman by El Greco) and a pair of scantily-clad, fun-loving women (The Sistine Madonna by Rafael Santi).

In a nod to Poland’s own rich artistic heritage, third place went to Leon Wyczółkowski’s Girl With Flowers.

In a nod to Poland’s own rich artistic heritage, third place went to Leon Wyczółkowski’s Girl With Flowers.ZDDP

Distinctions, meanwhile, were earned by depictions of Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait With A Straw Hat, Tamara Lempicka’s Kizette in Pink, Da Vinci’s Lady With An Ermine, and Gierymski’s Jewish Woman With Oranges.

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Aneta Kustal-Toporek, the manager of the ZDDP’s Winogrady branch, said:  “It took us some time to match the right works of art to the right people so that they reflected their character and looked coherent.

“We were also concerned that there wouldn’t be too much interest but we made it and organized a final. The seniors themselves were of great help.

Staff at the Zespół Dziennych Domów Pomocy (ZDDP) came up with the idea in a bid to raise the spirits of their visitors after seeing similar initiatives take place during the COVID-19 lockdown.ZDDP

“Many of the costumes came from their own wardrobes, though of course our own facilities also have lots of resources when it comes to art materials and theatre props.”

Overseen by Kustal-Toporek’s Winogrady branch, the project was run online. Undertaken in mid-July, entries closed in mid-September with the winners announced last week.

The submitted works were assessed by a specially selected competition commission comprised of the organizers as well as a panel of independent judges gleaned from institutions that cooperate with ZDDP.  ZDDP

In a statement published on Facebook, the city’s Mayor, Jacek Jaśkowiak wrote: “Huge applause to all of the participants.

“Above all to their creativity, their distancing and the sense of humour with which they approached this task.”

Many of the costumes came from the visitors’ own wardrobes as well as the centres’ theatre props.ZDDP

Founded in 2012, the ZDDP was established as a support centre for people who, due to illness, disability or age, require partial care and assistance in satisfying necessary life needs.

Among their miscellaneous duties, the centres provide basic care benefits, meals, recreational and cultural services, rehabilitation activities and assistance to the elderly and those with reduced mobility.