Young visitor brings museum masterpiece to life

The Oxford Times: Rhiannon Lee, nine, dresses up as Mademoiselle Claus in front of Manet's 1868 painting at the Ashmolean, lit up by mum Sharon Rhiannon Lee, nine, dresses up as Mademoiselle Claus in front of Manet's 1868 painting at the Ashmolean, lit up by mum Sharon

CHILDREN recreated a famous portrait at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum on Bank Holiday Monday.

They were photographed sitting in front of Edward Manet’s 1868 Portait of Mademoiselle Claus while wearing a similar dress and hat to that worn by the woman in the painting.

It was part of a Manet-themed children’s activity day, which also included making jigsaws of paintings and then trying to find the artwork in the gallery.

Nine-year-old Rhiannon Lee dressed up for a photograph after travelling from Camberley in Surrey with parents Jason and Sharon and 11-year-old brother Theo.

She said: “I hadn’t been expecting to dress up in white but it was fun.

“It felt a bit weird because everyone was staring at me.”

Mrs Lee said: “It brought the portrait to life – it was fabulous and Rhiannon loved it.

“We came to the museum to give her a view of the artists from the past and didn’t know this was going on.”

The museum raised £7.83m to buy the painting in 2012.

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