Photo/IllutrationA girl poses as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture. (Tsunetaka Sato)

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NARUTO, Tokushima Prefecture--Have you ever wanted to look like a figure in a masterpiece?

The Otsuka Museum of Art here is offering such an opportunity at its popular art cosplay event.

For this year's installment, the museum newly produced 28 costumes based on apparel worn by iconic figures in 11 classic paintings, including Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Eugene Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People.”

The facility boasts many porcelain plaques of such famous works.

With an increasing number of visitors drawn to the venue in the hope of wearing costumes, the event is beginning to take hold as a summer tradition.

This year's event, the third, is themed on "Revolution," with some of the exhibits representing major turns in the history of painting.

They include Claude Monet’s “La Japonaise” featuring a woman holding a fan and wearing a red kimono with a samurai warrior motif, and Edouard Manet’s “The Fife Player.”

Some visitors were seen dressed in costumes and striking the same poses as the figures portrayed in Jacques-Louis David’s “The Coronation of Napoleon” for photos in front of a replica, which is a large porcelain plaque measuring more than 9 meters long.

Miya Hirano, 13, who came from Tonosho, Kagawa Prefecture, was dressed as Mona Lisa and had her photo taken while making the same expression as the figure in the iconic work of art.

“I felt like a celebrity. It was fun,” she said.

The costumes are suitable for children and adults and can easily be put on over clothes.

The event runs until Nov. 24. The venue is closed on Mondays.

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