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A Picture Paints a Thousand Words Game Play Link
Duration: Mar 01, 2015 - Aug 31, 2015
Paintings mean different things to different people. They are luscious colors and the trickery of shadow and light, the meaning of life and death and the state of the world. They showcase not only exceptional artistry, but also the passion, intellect and the madness of the painters themselves. These are, if not the most famous paintings in the world, certainly seminal works from some of the most important painters of the world. The list I borrowed from here and the paintings themselves are sourced from various sources, many are from Wikipedia's art project.
To finish, fulfill a task option for each painting. Please note, #13 is a two book task.
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1. Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus: 1486, Italy, Tempera on Canvas, Uffizzi Gallery in Florence.
❊ Read a book with a planet in the title -or- read a book with a birth in it -or- read a book where the female main protagonist wears her hair long.
2. Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa: ~1517, Italy, Oil on Poplar, Musee de Louvre in Paris.
❊ Read a book with a woman on the cover (her face must be visible) -or- read a book with a two word title that does not include a, an or the -or- read a book where something important gets stolen.
3. Michaelangelo, The Creation of Adam: 1512, Italy, Fresco, Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
❊ Read a book where a male main character has a first name starting with the letter A -or- read a book whose cover shows a hand where the index finger is visible -or- read a book where knowledge is imparted.
4. Raphael, The School of Athens: 1511, Italy, Fresco, Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.
❊ Read a book that has a quote by or discussion about any famous philosopher -or- read a book consisting of short stories, essays or novellas of at least three different authors -or- read a book whose cover shows at least three people.
5. Pieter Brugel, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus: 1590, Belgium, Oil on Canvas, Museum van Buuren in Brussels.
❊ Read a book where a document or work of art is forged -or- read a book with wings on the cover -or- read a book with any of the following words in the title: Sun, Fall, Flight, Ship, Land (no variations).
6. Diego Velazquez, Las Meninas: 1656, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Museo del Prado in Madrid.
❊ Read a book with a princess in it -or- read a book with a predominantly black cover -or- read a book from the list: Metafiction.
7. Rembrandt, The Night Watch: 1642, The Netherlands, Oil on Canvas, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
❊ Read a book where a battle is fought -or- read a book whose author's initials can be found in "CHIAROSCURO" -or- read a book with a yellow item of clothing on the cover.
8. Johannes Vermeer, Girl With a Pearl Earring: 1663, The Netherlands, Oil on Canvas, Mauritshuis in The Hague.
❊ Read a book with a woman's face clearly visible on the cover (it should be full) -or- read a book with a protagonist who wears a headgear of some sort (a hat, a turban etc.) -or- read a book with the word GIRL in the title or subtitle (no variations).
9. Francisco Goya, The Third of May 1808: 1814, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Museo del Prado in Madrid.
❊ Read a book which features a resistance unit to an invading force -or- read a book with a date, month or year in the title -or- read a book with a gun on the cover.
10. Edouard Manet, Olympia: 1863, France, Oil on Canvas, Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
❊ Read a book with a woman of easy virtue -or- read a book with a cover with a nude person (or implied to be nude) -or- read a book with a one word title that is a woman's name.
11. James McNeill Whistler, Whistler's Mother: 1871, US, Oil on Canvas, Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
❊ Read a book with a main character who is a mother -or- read a book with a seated person clearly visible on the cover -or- read a book with an author or main character whose last name starts with a Mc. (no variations).
12. Paul Cezanne, The Basket of Apples: 1895, France, Oil on Canvas, Art Institute of Chicago.
❊ Read a book with an unreliable narrator -or- read a book with apple(s) on the cover -or- read a book that can be said to belong to at least two different genres (like a Historical Mystery with a ghost in it).
13. Claude Monet, Water Lilies: ~1920, France, Oil on Canvas, several museums around the world.
❊ Read at least two books from the same series -or- read at least two books with a garden on the cover -or- read at least two books set in France.
14. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette: 1876, France, Oil on Canvas, Musee d'Orsay.
❊ Read a book with a word in a foreign language in the title -or- read a book with some kind of texture on the cover -or- read a book that can be described as slice of life (no plot to speak of, mostly day-to-day activities of a number of characters).
15. Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night: 1889, The Netherlands, Oil on Canvas, Museum of Modern Art.
❊ Read a book with a character who has a mental illness -or- read a book with a predominantly blue cover -or- read a book with a word in the title which appears in the lyrics of the song Vincent. (Matching word should have a minimum of 5 letters).
16. Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte: 1884, France, Oil on Canvas, Art Institute of Chicago.
❊ Read a book with a dotted object on the cover -or- read a book where the characters go somewhere to get away from their daily life -or- read a book set during summer months.
17. Gustav Klimt, The Kiss: 1909, Austria, Oil and Gold Leaf on Canvas, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna.
❊ Read a book with a gold object on the cover (has to be something within the cover, award seals don't count) -or- read a book marked Romance on its GR main page -or- read a book which has a character or plot you would describe as decadent.
18. Edvard Munch, The Scream: 1893, Norway, Oil, Tempera, Pastel and Crayon on Cardboard, National Gallery in Oslo.
❊ Read a book from a 4 book (completed) series -or- read a book with a predominantly orange cover -or- read a book that has been the target of a parody, spinoff or adaptation of some kind.
19. Vasily Kandinsky, Composition 8: 1923, Russia, Oil on Canvas, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
❊ Read a book set in Russia or with a Russian character -or- read a book with any shape appearing onthis painting on the cover (the shape should be obvious) -or- read a book whose author's first and last names end with the same letter.
20. Henri Matisse, Dance: 1910, France, Oil on Canvas, The Hermitage on St. Petersburg.
❊ Read a book with bright colors on its cover -or- read a book whose author has written 5 (and only 5) full-length books at the time of your reading -or- read a book where a character gets free (of some kind of bondage).
21. Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar: 1937, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Tate Gallery in London.
❊ Read a book where a main character is a muse to someone -or- read a book with an image on the cover that is distorted in some fashion (cut, broken, marred, stretched, anything that looks out of the ordinary) -or- read a book whose narration is not linear (jumps around in time).
22. Grant Wood, American Gothic: 1930, US, Oil on Beaverboard, Art Institute of Chicago.
❊ Read a book that is set in Iowa -or- read a book marked Gothic on its GR main page -or- read a book with a farming implement on the cover.
23. Rene Magritte, The Son of Man: 1964, Belgium, Oil on Canvas, Private Collection.
❊ Read a book with an overcoat or hat on the cover -or- read a book set by the sea -or- read a book where something physical is hidden.
24. Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory: 1931, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Museum of Modern Art in New York.
❊ Read a book with a clock clearly visible on the cover -or- read a book that deals with memories (the narrator could be an old person reflecting on their youth) -or- read a book that is marked Fantasy.
25. Jackson Pollock, No. 5, 1948: 1948, US, Oil on Fibreboard, Private Collection.
❊ Read a book with a predominantly black, white, grey, brown or yellow cover -or- read a book by an author whose spouse is also an author (mention the spouse, husband-wife writing under the same name works) -or- read a book whose title starts with a letter in "ABSTRACT" (ignore A, An and The).