Can you recognize these famous women with their masks on?

Published August 24, 2020, 2:14 AM

by AA Patawaran

Who’s that girl?

NO DISRESPECT Even with masks on, these iconic artworks remain priceless

When I see you next year, I might forget your face. I’m sure you’ll understand. With our faces half-covered in masks or fully covered in shields, and with us at least six feet apart, it’s a miracle we still recognize each other. In fact, if not for the economy crying for help, we aren’t even supposed to see each other until all is clear, that is,until a vaccine at last is available, affordable, and—more important—safe to use. Our homes now serve the purpose of a bomb shelter, except the bomb is an invisible, insidious virus that anyone with or without symptoms could carry, including you and I.

Art would have been the perfect refuge in a storm like this, in which isolation and disconnection are the prescribed behavior. I would not have minded being quarantined at the Louvre and spending my interminable hours of solitude meditating on Napoleon’s favorite Italian sculptor Antonio Canova’s Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, imagining a world where kisses were not against protocol. Alas, the Louvre, like most museums around the world, had been shuttered, others permanently, and while some museums like the Louvre, the Tate in London, and the National Gallery Singapore are now open, who will fly me there? Here, the National Museum of the Philippines is closed and who knows when it will open?

So, in desperation, in this time of mandatory masks, home stays, and perpetual social distancing, I’ve decided to commit these faces to my memory, not only so I will instantly recognize them when I see them again, maybe next year, maybe two years from now, or—God forbid!—maybe in 10 years, but so I will remember, never forget that, though art is deemed non-essential in our struggle against this apocalyptic virus, it is essential to my humanity, it is essential to my soul, and it is essential to the rest of my days on earth in case they are already numbered.

Join me, if you agree. Tell me who each of these girls is. No cheating!

1. The best clue, alas, is beneath the mask.

Year: 1503

Medium: Oil on poplar panel

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

Location: The Louvre Museum, Paris

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2. “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.”

Year:  1906

Medium: Oil on canvas

Artist: Pablo Picasso

Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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3. She’s not Salma Hayek.

Year: 1940

Medium: Oil on canvas

Artist: Frida Kahlo

Location: Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Texas

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4. “Pink is the navy blue of India.”

Year: 1934

Medium: Oil on canvas

Artist: William Acton

Location: Private collection

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5. She met the artist when she was 17 and became his lover and model for many years.

Year: 1912

Medium: Oil on panel

Artist: Egon Schiele

Location: Leopold Museum, Vienna

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6. Through her portrait, the artists entered the Art Noveau scene

Year: 1898

Medium: Oil on canvas

Artist: Gustav Klimt

Location: Belvedere Palace and Museum, Vienna

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7. She started a controversy that led to the term Fauvism

Year: 1905

Medium: Oil on canvas

Artist: Henri Mattisse

Location: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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8. She was the mistress of the Duke of Milan.

Year: 1489

Medium: oil on walnut paper

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

Location: Princes Czartoryski Museum, Kraków, Poland

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9. “It’s not true I had nothing on. I had the radio on.”

Year: 1962

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Artist: Andy Warhol

Location: Tate Modern, London

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10. Scarlet Johansson

Year: 1665

Medium: Oil on canvas

Artist: Johannes Vermeer

Location: Mauritshuis, The Hague, The Netherlands

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Mission Accomplished Success GIF by THE NEXT STEP - Find & Share on GIPHY

Answers: 1. Mona Lisa 2. Gertrude Stein 3. Frida Kahlo 4. Diana Vreeland 5. Wally Neuzil 6. Sonja Knips 7. Amelie Matisse 8. Cecilia Gallerani 9. Marilyn Monroe 10. The girl with the pearl earring

 
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