Saturday, September 28, 2013

Who Painted This? #46

I've got a twist on "who painted this", this week.  Whose eyes are these and which artist painted them - plus all the other usual detail required.  Don't forget to tell me how you got to the answer.

Who painted this? #46
For those who've not risen to the challenge before please take a minute to read the rules - see below.  The questions which need answering don't stop at "Who painted this?"

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In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer
  • search using words only on a database of images
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
  • if wrong it will be published
  • do not leave the answer on Facebook!
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know

Who Painted This #45 - The Answer

The Kwaksalver / The Quack by Jan Steen
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Title of the artwork:  The Kwaksalver / The Quack
  • Name of the artist who created this artwork: Jan Havickszoon Steen (c.1626 – 1679) aka Jan Steen
  • Date it was created: between 1650 and 1660
  • Media used: oil on panel; Height 37.5 cm (14.8 in). Width: 52 cm (20.5 in)
  • Where it lives now: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
This is a translation (via Google) of the description on the Rijksmuseum website - I've tidied up the Google translation!
The quack. On a square is a quack on a platform under a large tree.  Hee shows the villagers the dial (or stone) that he has drawn from the man tied to a chair. At the feet of the man is a basket of eggs. On the table are all kinds of bottles and jars and a document with a seal.  On the right in the foreground a woman pushes a drunk man in a wheelbarrow. On the far right hangs a violin on a pole on which is perched a  monkey with a pipe.
The painting was stolen from the Franz Hals Museum where it was on loan in March 2002.  It was on loan from the Rijksmuseum.  The view at the time was that it was stolen to order.  It was subsequently recovered in 2008 and can now be seen on the website of the rejvenated Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

If you look online you'll actually find a lot of artists painted the Kwaksalver - an unauthorised practitioner of medicine and dentistry. Quacks have existed over centuries. In general it's not so much that they're not qualified to practice so much as they're applying useless remedies or aim to deceive. An example of quackery today would be the "miracle diet".

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #45? - Congratulations to Bernadette Madden  who got the name of the artist and all the other available details first.  Bernadette's getting rather good at being first!

I want to give a very special mention to the following two readers who not only got it correct but also solved the puzzle!  All I said was 
There's an interesting story behind this painting. I wonder if you can find out what it is.
To get from that to the correct details of its theft and recovery is no  small achievement because there was a theft of a similar painting at around about the same time.  So special Felicitations this week go to
Others who got the painter and other normal details correct are:
If you'd like to study how people get the correct answer try studying past challenges which are listed in the Page Who painted this? - at the the top of the Page. Since one of the requirements is to say how you found it, you can see the various ways people get to the answer if you review the comments.

Just for the record - anybody who leaves a comment on the page which lists all the "who painted this?" rather than the specific blog post is not counted. You have been warned!