This entertaining site created by the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute turns one of the primary tasks of museum curators and archivists--establishing the provenance of the works in their collections--into a game. Using a group of late 15th century Dutch paintings with an uncertain history that depict the Virgin Mary and Christ Child, the game attempts to answer four questions: What are the origins of the paintings? How do the paintings relate to each other? What did the paintings mean in the 15th century? Who was the Master of the Embroidered Foliage? (the paintings were attributed to the Master of the Embroidered Foliage in 1926 by a German art historian, Max Friedländer) The research presented at the site reveals that probably all the paintings were not created by the same artists, as hypothesized in 1926, but still leaves tantalizing questions unanswered.
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