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'Tonight it's the Klimt clinch': restaging great art in lockdown Dublin

A National Theatre designer stuck in Ireland is re-creating historic portraits using her parents as willing victims * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage Lockdown is producing all kinds of diversions. Molly O’Cathain, a theatre designer, was home in Dublin for a few days’ break from a year working at the National Theatre in London when the shutters came down. To start with, she says, “I got really bored living in my parents’ house – sleeping behind the sofa – as a 27-year-old.” She decided they all needed a distraction. “I’d seen a tweet from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, aimed at kids, asking them to re-create Old Masters with three items from their cupboards. So that was how it started.” Each day since then, she has conjured a portrait that casts her mother, Liz, and father, Brian, both 60, as leads in famous paintings. Continue reading...

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