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The Game of Chess
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The Game of Chess


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Description In this enchanting painting, two little boys play chess while a third looks on, perhaps waiting to play the winner. The chessboard juts out into our space, inviting us into the game as well. The artist, himself a child prodigy, captured the pure joy of play, reflecting a revolutionary new philosophy about the importance of play in childhood that was developing throughout Europe during the late 18th century. In place of stiff, corseted garments, looser unrestricting clothes, such as the green outfit worn here, allowed children to play freely at last.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/01/1946Treatmentcoated; inpainted; varnish removed or reduced
7/01/1948Treatmentcoated
10/15/1987Examinationexamined for condition
11/10/1987Examinationexamined for condition
3/01/2010Treatmentcoated; inpainted; mounted; other; surface cleaned
Exhibitions
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, after 1894 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, after 1894

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Period
1790-1799
Medium
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.215
Measurements
H: 27 13/16 x W: 3 5/8 in. (70.7 x 9.2 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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