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PostSubject: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:46 am

The Art History Mystery Challenge

Welcome to our totally disorganized art museum! The challenge is to help us identify all the masterworks in our virtual museum. We'll post a piece of the painting and one clue to get you started. Can you name the artist and the title of the painting?

Pieces of the painting and clues to the artist's identity will be added every 24 hours until we have a winner, then the next painting in our collection will be posted. Feel free to use any resources at your disposal to help in your search. Challenge winners will receive a shiny award badge that we will add below their profile image. You will retain this award until someone else wins the award.

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Clue = Nationality of this artist is Italian

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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:23 am



That's a heck of a clue Janet!
Here's a stab in the dark:
Portrait of Beatrice Cenci by Elizabetta Sirani
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:36 am

Sorry but I wanted to start out as vague as possible. Good guess the small area on the painting does look similar to this one but it's not a Portrait of Beatrice Cenci by Elizabetta Sirani. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:45 am

OK, one down, a few thousand more to go.....
At first I thought it was a particular DaVinci painting, but the proportions were off. Just thought of someone else who might fit this style - off to have a look
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:54 am


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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:34 pm

Is it Caravaggio's Stigmata?
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:51 pm

I was just trawling through Caravaggio' too
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:13 pm

Dale, good guess but it's not Caravaggio's Stigmata. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:50 pm

OK, I just found the same painting that I posted above, only by Caravaggio!
Guess the first one is a copy.
So how about:
Portrait of Beatrice Cenci by Caravaggio
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:19 pm

Callie, Its not Portrait of Beatrice Cenci by Caravaggio. But very interesting that the first one was a copy. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:31 pm

Rats!
If you hadn't said it was Italian, I would have guessed Girl w/ a Pearl Earring.
And now you've shot Beatrice down - twice!
Time to try a new direction. Got to go do some work first
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:48 pm

Is it Caravaggio's Judith beheaading of Holofernes? I know you showed this as a portrait format rather than a landscape.
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:25 pm

Dale, its not Caravaggio's Judith beheading of Holofernes. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:53 pm

This is really funny - I just found "my painting" (see above) again:

Portrait of Beatrice Cenci,
by Italian painter Guido Reni (XVIIth century)

How many Italian artists painted this?
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:47 pm

Another one! Wow they certainly liked copying this painting. Its not Portrait of Beatrice Cenci by Guido Reni.

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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:57 pm

Could it be a Portrait of Beatrice by... _______(fill in any artist's name)?

I did find another likely suspect, but I don't think the proportions and angle quite fit. I'll put it out here anyway so we can eliminate one more.

Self Portrait - Playing the Lute by Artemisia Gentileschi
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:31 am

Callie, Good try its not Self Portrait - Playing the Lute by Artemisia Gentileschi.

I've decided to go with bigger puzzle pieces.

New Clue: Movement = Baroque


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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:03 pm

Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman (1611, 1612)

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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:05 pm

Or could it be Beatrice as an old lady?
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:45 pm

Good going Callie! Congratulations you're our new champ. Smile

Callie wrote:
Or could it be Beatrice as an old lady?



Again we can spend the rest of the day discussing this artist and/or painting. I'm sure Callie already knows a lot about the Beatrice Cenci painting.

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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:53 pm

Got to run, I'll put some info up later
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:04 pm

I have to go do some painting and will be back later as well. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:25 pm

Congrats Callie.

This old lady looks like she's not too pleased about something. The kind of look she might give a son-in-law
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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:13 pm

Dale, I agree... I wouldn't want to cross her. Smile

The AHM Challenges will be Monday-Friday so Monday a new challenge will start. The current challenge will remain open until then if you would like to add some info. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Art History Mystery Challenge No. 3 Guido Reni - Portrait of an Old Woman   Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:11 pm

Just a thank you Janet for the fun
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