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My Velvet Elvis Collection
"Not only do I believe that Elvis is still alive, I believe that Elvis transcends time. As proof, I am offering this quiz based on my collection of Velvet Elvis paintings."
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This work is a mosaic depicting a Christian martyr who was bound and shot with arrows. Although this subject has been displayed by artists as diverse as Bellini, Bottecelli, Durer, and van Dyck, I believe that this version is the oldest. I acquired it at an obscure art auction house in Ravenna (Ohio or Italy -- I'm not sure). The entire work is done in tile except for the velvet on Elvis's coat, who is admonishing the attackers to "Don't Be Cruel." Who is the subject of this work?
This work was painted after its artist was imprisoned in 1794 when Robespierre was overthrown. "Jailhouse Rock" shows number cinquante-sept dancing with number trois, and looks to me a lot like a precursor of this Neoclassic artist's later work depicting the coronation of Napoleon (as Emperor, since there already was a King).
Who painted this work?
This painting depicts Elvis looking over the ruins of a city destroyed by an earthquake on November 1, 1755. Among the artwork lost in the collection of Dom Joao V is what I believe is the only Velvet Elvis Titian ever produced. What city was the subject of this painting, commonly referred to as "All Shook Up?"
The painting "Little Sister" is a portrait of either the younger sister of Isabella of Aragon, or the younger sister of the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. Regardless of who she is, she is obviously a member of the Elvis Presley fan club because she is wearing a button that reads "Io heart-symbol Elvis." By what name is a portrait of her older sister more commonly known?
Venus di Milo
Dutchess of Milan
Born in 1632, the Dutch artist of this painting was renowned for his work depicting common people performing activities indoors with lighting through windows. This picture shows Elvis trying to mediate a dispute between two women who are stuffing pillows. One woman is accusing the other of hoarding all the feathers and is saying "You ain't nothing but a down hog." Who painted this work?
Rembrandt van Rijn
Peter Paul Reubens
Vincent Van Gogh
This painting shows Elvis Presley as a pony express rider. Although he always delivered the US Mail, there was incorrect postage on one letter so he is busy sending the letter back. Which Nineteenth Century American artist painted this work, known as "Return to Sender?"
John Singer Sargeant
This painting was created by a famous Eighteenth Century English artist noted for portraits and landscapes. The subject is dressed mostly in blue, and particular detail was spent on the shoes. Which of the following artists do I believe is most likely responsible for "Blue Suede Shoes Boy?"
This work is an engraving depicting Adam and Eve with the serpent giving Eve an apple. It is nearly identical to another work by the same artist, except that other work is missing the image of Elvis in velvet (I don't know how to get velvet in an engraving, but somehow this artist managed). In the engraving that I have, Elvis is warning Adam and Eve about the "Devil in Diguise." Who made this 1504 engraving in Nuremberg, Germany?
Hans Holbein the Younger
Hans Holbein the Elder
Hans von Aachen
This painting is of the artist's residence during his stay in San Remy. The painting is in vivid colors with large splotches of paint covering the work. Standing in front of the building is another resident, an Elvis Presley impersonator who referred to the place as "Heartbreak Hotel." Who painted this work?
Vincent Van Gogh
In 1925, the Marquis de la Vega-Inclan founded a museum in Toledo, Spain dedicated to a famous painter who worked in Spain. As a commemoration to this museum, a work was commissioned to portray some of his family and in-laws dressed as Elvis Presley. This work, "Viva, Las Vegas" now hangs in my private art gallery. So who was the artist for whom Vega-Inclan helped found a musuem?
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