Train your "curatorial eye" and learn what makes a masterpiece great while playing fun games and reading Thomas Hoving's inspired clues and essays. Kids (ages 6 plus) and adults enjoy playing the game and learning (or re-learning) about these works of art and how to really appreciate the details.The games, based on over 350 details from 54 masterpieces, challenge you to identify the artist of a detail with help from clues and the ability to view the full work. There are three ways to play. The first two do not require any background in art history while the third is for those who know (or, think they know!) all about the classics.Game 1: Study then Guess presents six masterpieces for you to study and memorize the artists’ names. Then, when you are ready, play the round by guessing the artist who painted each detail shown. The game does not require any prior knowledge of art history.Game 2: Match Three Details requires a keen eye to identify three details (from a group of twelve) cut from the same painting. Brushstrokes, colors, and style are your clues here.Game 3: Guess the Artist randomly presents you with details from any of our masterpieces for which you must guess the artist. If you are an art expert, jump right in and see how you do. Otherwise, play the first two games and study the gallery section first to give yourself a refresher.At any point, players can go to the gallery to read Tom’s essays and view **high definition** photographs of each piece where you can zoom in and find your own favorite details. The essays are succinct, informative, and entertaining and focus on the personality of the artist, perhaps a struggle or two overcome to create the masterpiece, and an outline the story of the painting.Works by the following artists are included: Blume, Bosch, Boticelli, Brueghel, Canaletto, Carravagio, Chagall, Constable, Cosimo, Dali, Degas, Delacroix, El Greco, Ensor, Fra Angelico, Gainsborough, Gauguin, Giotto, Goya, Hicks, Hogarth, Holbein, Homer, Hopper, Ingres, Leonardo da Vinci, Manet, Michelangelo, Munch, Picasso, Raphael, Renoir, Rockwell, Rousseau, Rubens, Sargent, Seurat, Titian, Uccello, Velazquez, Vermeer, Wood, Wyeth, van Eyck, van Gogh, and van der Goes.Thomas Hoving was director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1967 – 1977 and wrote the book version of Master Pieces with Lori Stein and Kate Learson in 2005 to bring a favorite game of his to the public.
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