Friday, December 28, 2012

E4. In 1573, the Italian painter Paolo Veronese delivered this painting to the Dominicans of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice for their refectory. The subject of the painting caused Veronese to be called before the Inquisition to explain why the work contained "buffoons, drunken Germans, dwarfs and other such scurrilities" as well as extravagant costumes and settings. He was asked to change the painting appropriately within three months. His solution was to rename the painting, calling it 'The Feast in the House of Levi', which is how it continues to be known. What was the original subject and title of the painting?

A. The Last Supper

Monday, December 24, 2012

G6. What Mervyn Bunter was to Lord Peter Wimsey, Figaro to the Count of Almaviva, Georges to Hercule Poirot and Passepartout to Phileas Fogg.

A. Valet. That was an easy one. And seriously, there's no way you can't get this theme now!