You thought that after Peeps in movies, Peeps in D.C., Peeps in politics, Peeps in love and Peeps in pop culture, we would not utter another peep about these love-’em-or-hate’em marshmallow treats. But thanks to D.C.’s museums and galleries, Peep artists found inspiration in the arts, creating replicas of famous paintings and sculpture throughout history. Here’s a Peep lesson in art history, from the Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism to De Stijl.

Check out the winners of the Peep contest, and other Peeps on our Contest 2012 page.

Peeps in "The School of Athens”: Inspired by the painting of the same title by Raphael.

Wrote creators Brendan Hanrahan and Tamara Forys: Highlights include Plato and Aristopeeple (carrying his famous work "Peepian Ethics"), Alexander the Peep wearing a specially designed helmet, and the lounging Peep Diogenes. (Tamara Forys and Brendan Hanrahan)

“Composition in Red, Blue and Peep”: Inspired by Piet Mondrian’s “Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow.”

Wrote creator Lee-Ellen Myles: A tourist peep is visiting a museum and looking at “Composition in Red, Blue and Peep.” (Lee-Ellen Myles)

“Peepin' at Peepan Gothic”: Inspired by Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”

Wrote creator Alexi Worley: A Peep's-eye-view at an American classic. (Alexi Worley)

“Capeep in Purple and Gold”: inspired by James Abbot McNeill Whistler’s “Caprice in Purple and Gold.”

(Laura Barnard, Anthony Franks, Michele Barnard)

“The Treachery of Peeps”: Inspired by Rene Magritte’s “The Treachery of Images.”

(Ellen Sullivan, Susan Piedmont-Palladino)

“Peepllock”: Inspired by the art of Jackson Pollock.

Wrote the artists: Our splatter paint piece began when our wonderful art history teacher assigned us all to do a peep diorama project. We love this artist and had a lot of fun making it. (Shannon H., Rebecca M. and Jen K.)

Peeps contest winners:

View Photo Gallery: Presenting the winner of our sixth annual Peeps Diorama Contest, along with the other four finalists and a few dozen of our favorites.