Contest #570: Olson House, Cushing, Maine, USA

The painting at the heart of this week’s contest has NO free licenses available. “Christina’s World” is owned by MOMA, who is known to track down those who post it without permission/paying with cease and desist files, a drama your humble contest organizer here simply does not need in his life.

I’ll let you go take a look on their site here.

The young lady in the painting seen crawling in the field is often referred to as having been a polio victim, but according to a source no less than Wikipedia, was actually probably afflicted with the disease mentioned in the hint, aka “Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease”.

The house has been restored to match the painting and you can visit it.

Those who found this place included:

  • Phil Ower
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Lighthouse

and after the hint:

  • LawnBoy
  • gscrp
  • David Kozina
  • Chris Nason
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • Yakubi Dergahi

And thus ends the 561-570 series (forever known from now on as “The Famous Painting Series”). Hearty congratulations to our winners: Phil Ower, Abcdefg Hijkl, and hhgygy, all with 19 points (Dibble House proved too hard for everyone but Walter_V_R, who gets an honorable mention).

And be sure to stop by and pick up the newest Google Earth KMZ file, now with the locations of the last 10 locations included here.

Contest #569: Lake O’Hara, British Columbia, Canada

This beautiful location isn’t far from the crowds who visit Lake Louise, but much less busy as Parks Canada restricts the number of visitors to 42 per day.

Lake O’Hara was made famous in a painting by JEH MacDonald, one of Canada’s Group of Seven who painted at different locations across Canada.

Looking for more on this amazing group: http://www.group-of-seven.org

Found with ease, like the swipe of a brush:

  • Glenmorren
  • Phil Ower
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • Luís Filipe Miguel
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock

Contest #568: Pointe Gobbo, Bobbio, Italy

In 1472, the Trebbia river flooded, partially destroying a bridge at the northern Italian town of Bobbio.

Art Historian Carla Glori is convinced that minute details included by Leonardo da Vinci in the background of the Mona Lisa are a reference to that event, and therefore the mysterious background, including a bridge that resembles Pointe Gobbo, is Bobbio.

Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, from C2RMF retouched.jpg
The bridge is right above her left shoulder

The Devil's Bridge, Bobbio, Italy.jpg
The bridge as it looks today – by AnnieGreenSprings

Now, of course, there are many, many other theories of the location of the painting, including that it was all in The Master’s head, but I liked this one because it made for a good contest!!

Those who found it before the hint included:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

And after the hint:

  • Lance Finney
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Sarah G.
  • Hilde Lambeir

Contest #568 Hint

This one is a bit speculative, but some guy claims he found evidence that the master memorialized the destruction of a bridge in this really, really famous painting. Other folks disagree and put it somewhere else, but this spot is the one suggested by the first guy.

Contest #567: Ekeberg, Oslo, Norway

The Scream.jpg
By Edvard Munch – WebMuseum at ibiblio

This week’s contest takes us to Norway to visit the location that inspired Edvard Munch to create his most iconic work.

Known popularly and collectively as “The Scream”, Munch actually titled his work “Der Schrei der Natur”, German for “The Scream of Nature”. He produced 4 versions of the image, 2 in paint and 2 in pastel, between 1893 and 1910. He also did about 45 monochrome lithographs in 1895. You can see all of them in the gallery in the Wikipedia entry

That page full is of theories and conjectures on Munch’s inspiration and process but it also includes 2 very similar quotes from the painter — this one from is from his contemporary diary:

I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature

Those stood there trembling with anxiety:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Wista
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • hhgygy

And those who walked on and found this place after the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Gillian B
  • Martin de Bock
  • David Kozina
  • LawnBoy
  • Rob de Wolff
  • gscrp
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • Jason Hattermann