Well – the first thing to say about this week’s challenge is that it’s NOT a
painting – so nobody painted it.
I’ve removed the ‘dead giveaway’ from the
bottom – but will show you this next week.
See if you can work out who created this, what it’s of and where it is!
(Right click on the pic to open in a new tab and see a slightly larger
Hint: it’s topical….
|Who “created” this #69?|
Below you can find
- The details of how to participate in this art history challenge
- the rules of the challenge
- the answer to last week re. Who Painted this #68?
- the names of all the people who got most or all of the answer correct
who provided the best answer last week – which gives you an idea of what
a good answer looks like
Your answers will be published next Sunday – before the next
How to participate in “Who painted this? #69
Tell me the story of this painting as best you can!
This is how “Who painted this?” works.
Briefly, in your comment ON THIS POST you must
This is about using brains not technology – so please do
tell me ALL or as many of the following as you can:
- the title of the artwork
- the name of the artist who created this artwork
- the date it was created
- the media used
- where it lives now
- how you know all this eg how did you do your search
anything else you can find out about the artwork and/or artist –
tell its story!
The Winner of this week’s challenge is the first identifiable
person (i.e. no anonymous guesses) who, in my judgement,
- the first person to get to the answer by fair means
AND provides the best quality answer in terms of added details
about the artwork and artist
no use of “Google Image Search” or “Tineye” to find the image
this is a traditional web search of images using words only
plus “hit the books” time
- I don’t publish the comments until next week’s post.
Comments on this blog post will only be published once a week – on
the following Sunday.
(You wouldn’t believe how many spam comments I now have to read and
delete each week because of this challenge!!)
Who Painted This #68?
Alternative titles are:
Interior of the Florence Gallery
The Interior of the Grand Duke’s Gallery at Florence.
Support: 123.5 x 155.0 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external)
Frame: 157.7 x 183.2 x 11.1 cm (frame, external)
Where it lives now: Royal Collection
A ‘tribune’ (tribuna in Italian) is the semicircular (or
semi-polygonal) domed end of a basilican church; the Tribuna is the
hexagonal domed room created in 1585-9 by Bernardo Buontalenti
(1536-1608) at the Uffizi palace for the display of the masterpieces
in the Medici collection.
I saw the painting at the
Prince and Patron exhibition at Buckingham Palace in the
summer of 2018.
Zoffany’s main claim to fame is that he was the
master of the theatrics of “the conversation piece”
– which always includes lots of recognisable people and lots of detail. It’s
the sort of painting which can be very popular of its time but loses some
meaning once those who recognise who are portrayed are no longer alive.
- born in Germany and died in the UK. Did you know that Zoffany is
buried in the churchyard on Kew Green?
(I’ve got a pic of his grave somewhere!)
- He trained in Germany and Rome – and knew Piranesi
- His came to the UK in 1760.
His first major patron in the UK was the actor David Garrick – which
might account for the development of the theatrical quality of his
paintings of conversation paintings – most of which were painted for the wealthy middle classes. He certainly painted scenes from dramas for Garrick.
- In 1768 he became a founder member of the Royal Academy of Arts.
- Queen Charlotte
– wife of the Hanoverian King George III – became his patron. Sharing
a German heritage with the King would undoubtedly have helped. That by
the way is the Queen Charlotte who stars in Bridgerton!
|Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and Electress of Hanover
(as wife of King George III)
portrait by Thomas Gainsborough
Zoffany was nominated by George III for membership in the Royal Academy in
1769, exhibiting there from 1770 to 1800.
Between 1772 and 1778 he worked primarily in Florence, where he
painted The Interior of the Tribuna at Florence. The
general consensus was that he’d included too many people and too many
- He subsequently fell out with Queen Charlotte over the painting
‘The King spoke of Zoffany’s picture of the Florentine Gallery
painted for him, & expressed wonder at Zoffany having done so
improper a thing as to introduce the portraits of Sir Horace Man —
Patch, & others. — He sd. The Queen wd. not suffer the picture
to be placed in any of her apartments.’ (Diary for 15 December
Zoffany was certainly paid handsomely for the work
and to cover his stay in Florence (though the actual sum is
disputed) however he never again worked for the Royal Family. The
painting hung briefly at Kew Palace and is recorded, with The
Academicians at the Upper Library at Buckingham House in 1819.
You can find out more about Zoffany on the following links
Who guessed correct?
My apologies first to those who started to have go at this – and then
noticed that the comments had already been published. I hit the wrong
button my mistake when moderating all the spam!
– for the second week running!