Recreations of Famous Paintings of Myths Using Only My Children’s Toys

By a Woman With Small Children and a PhD in Classics

Sarah Scullin
idle musings
Published in
2 min readJan 30, 2019


Francisco de Goya, “Saturn Devouring His Son” (1819–1823) and Sarah Scullin, “Kronos Rex” (2019)
Sandro Botticelli, “The Birth of Venus” (c. 1484) and Sarah Scullin, “Full God and Decapod” (2019)
Giovanni Barbieri (Guercino), “Atlas Holding Up the Celestial Globe” (1646) and “Sarah Scullin, “When the Party Stops” (2019)
Pompeo Batoni, “Aeneas Fleeing from Troy” (c. 1750) and Sarah Scullin, “He-Man Fleeing from Troi” (2019)
Francisco de Zurbarán, “Hercules Fighting with the Nemean Lion” (1634) and Sarah Scullin, “What’s The Matter, Malakili? You Smell Something?” (2019)
Draper Herbert James, “Ulysses and the Sirens” (c. 1909) and Sarah Scullin, “Scooby Doo and The Spooky Case of the Singing Sirens” (1919)
Frederick Sandys, “Medea” (1866–68) and Sarah Scullin, “Medea’s Dream House” (2019)
Giusseppe Cesari, “Perseus and Andromeda” (1602) and Sarah Scullin, “Go Go Perseus” (2019)
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, “Orpheus Leading Eurydice from the Underworld” (1861) and Sarah Scullin, “After 10K Years, I’m Free” (2019)
John William Waterhouse, “Circe Invidiosa” (1891) and Sarah Scullin, “Evil-lynvidiosa” (2019)
George Frederic Watts, “The Minotaur” (1885) and Sarah Scullin, “It *is* moo” (2019)

Sarah Scullin is grateful to her son Isaac for his assistance on this project, for letting her borrow his toys, and for accepting that sometimes her job is weird.



Sarah Scullin
idle musings

Classicist, Writer, Mother. Former Managing Editor of Eidolon (RIP). Finisher of 95% of projects, 100% of the time.