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Guess the Artist

By December 11, 2011

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Mystery Artist 20, December 12, 2011

Your clues for this week are:
  • The artist was Bolognese, but first studied painting under a Flemish Master.
  • Caravaggio, who was always guided by his inner Bad Boy, twice threatened to run the artist through with the nearest sharp object.
  • In old age, the artist was borderline demented from the constant strain of living with dozens of superstitious beliefs, and flat broke due to compulsive gambling.


  • The artist's painting of a Roman noblewoman, who was beheaded by order of Pope Clement VIII, figured in an 1860 novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. William Faulkner then borrowed the novel's title for a collection of his poetry in 1924. For bonus points, do you know the noblewoman's name?
Please email me your guesses over the coming week. I'll post the winner and correct answer with next week's guessing game. Good luck!

Last Week's Answer:

Our artist last week was Vittore Carpaccio, who painted Birth of the Virgin somewhere between 1504 and 1508. (Incidentally, carpaccio was invented in 1950 at Harry's Bar in Venice and, yes, it --a red and yellow dish -- was named after the artist and his palette.) Alison was the winner at both Guess the Artist and Coolest. Job. Ever. I want to be jealous, but she is too nice!


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