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1. In Tiziano's "Venere di Urbino" the main focus is of course on the beautiful woman in the foreground. But there are two other women in the background. You can't see the face of the one on the left; why?
2. In Courbet's "The Young Ladies on the Bank of the Seine" two young ladies, possibly two "night ladies", are relaxing on the river bank during a hot summer day. What can you see half hidden behind the tree on the right?
3. In Vermeer's "Lady Standing at a Virginal" there is a painting on the wall behind the lady. It shows a Cupid holding something. What is the Cupid holding?
4. In the background of Leonardo's "Mona Lisa" a bridge is visible.
5. In which of these paintings is the main focus on a tiny white highlight which stands out against a dark background?
6. Carpaccio's "Two courtesans" depicts two ladies melancolicly sitting on a Venetian "altana" (i.e. a sort of terrace built on the top of the house). On the balustrade on the top left of the paintings there are a few pigeons and... something else. Name this something.
7. There is a self portrait in Jan Van Eyck's "The Arnolfini Marriage".
8. Talking about mirrors, in which other famous painting is a mirror the focal point explaining to us what all the characters are doing?
9. In Gericault's "The Raft of the Medusa" on the bottom left you can see an unconscious or possibly dead young man who is about to slip from the raft were it not for an old man holding him. This character is almost completely naked, since he wears just a piece of clothing. Which one?
10. To finish, a quite famous detail. In Holbein's "The Ambassadors", among a lot of symbols and clues there is a funny shape on the floor, at the two men's feet. What is it?
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