Michelangelo, "The Creation of Adam"

Michelangelo, “The Creation of Adam” (circa 1512) (all images via Tumblr)

When most people are bored at work, they surf Facebook. Not so with Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick, two employees at the website creation startup Squarespace. On a particularly slow day at the company’s Midtown Manhattan office last month, they funneled their creative energy into a photographic homage to Michelangelo’s fresco “The Creation of Adam.”

Pleased with the wonderfully awkward result, they have embarked on a series of photographs taken with a cell phone and dubbed Fools Do Art. Using props found around the office and allegedly only working during breaks from their actual work, Fragomeni, Limbrick, and their fellow employees are taking on the masters of the Western canon. From Rembrandt to Frida Kahlo, no artist is too sacred to escape their tribute.

Rembrandt, “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” (circa 1632)

Leonardo da Vinci, “Mona Lisa” (1503–06)

Johannes Vermeer, “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (1665)

Elisabetta Sirani, “Timoclea uccide il capitano di Alessandro Magno” (1659)

Jan van Eyck, “Portrait of a Man in a Turban” (1433)

Unknown, “The Lady and the Unicorn: Sight” (circa 1500)

Hans Memling, “Tommaso di Folco Portinari” (1470)

René Magritte, “The Son of Man” (1964)

Andrew Wyeth, “Christina’s World” (1948)

Frida Kahlo, “Thinking About Death” (1943)

Edgar Degas, “Two Ballet Dancers” (circa 1879)

Walt Otto, “Blonde Beauty” (circa 1950s)

Jacques-Louis David, “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” (1801–05)

h/t Demilked

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Laura C. Mallonee is a Brooklyn-based writer. She holds an M.A. in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from NYU and a B.F.A. in painting from Missouri State University. She enjoys exploring new cities and...