October 27, 2012 5:12 pm
As Woody Allen said, “Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.” And it seems there’s no day of the year when that’s more true than Halloween. But culture-hounds take heart: Halloween doesn’t have to be all Honey Boo Boos and internet memes. Here are seven timeless costume ideas inspired by great works of art.
Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh:
Whistler’s Mother, James McNeill Whistler:
Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer:
Flower Chucker, Banksy:
Ecce Homo, Elias Garcia Martinez:
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