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What Famous Artworks Have To Look At All Day

It's a tough life being a world-famous piece of art. You don't get to move, you have no privacy, and every day thousands of strangers gather round to stare at you and criticise.

A piece of art gets looked at constantly, yet we never consider what it would be like were the roles reversed; that is, until this extremely clever Tumblr was founded.

It's called What They See, and has only been running for a few days, yet has already posted an excellent selection of 'painting-eye-view' photographs, all taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Take a look at a selection below - some have been luckier than others with their vantage points.

[via Gizmodo]

Herakles the Archer by Émile-Antoine Bourdelle

The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer by Edgar Degas

The Vine by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth

Night by Aristide Maillol

Reclining Nude by Amedeo Modigliani

Marsyas by Balthasar Permoser

Portrait of a Man Holding Gloves by Rembrandt van Rijn

Marble bust of a youth by Unknown

Study of a Young Woman by Johannes Vermeer