With Master Pieces you can train your “curatorial eye” and learn what makes a masterpiece great while playing fun games and reading Thomas Hoving’s inspired clues and essays. Kids (ages 6 plus) and adults enjoy playing the game and learning (or re-learning) about these works and how to really appreciate the details.
Tom, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1967 – 1977, wrote Master Pieces with Lori Stein and Kate Learson in 2005 to bring a favorite game of his to the public.
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The app has three different games listed below by increasing level of difficulty:
Game 1: Study then Guess
Presents six masterpieces for you to study and memorize the artists’ names. Then, when you are ready, play the round by guessing the artist who painted each detail shown. This game does not require any prior knowledge and is a great way to start training your curatorial eye.
Game 2: Match Three Details
Requires a keen eye to identify three details (from a group of twelve) cut from the same painting. Brushstrokes, colors, and style are your clues here.
Game 3: Guess the Artist
Randomly presents you with details from any of our masterpieces for which you must guess the artist. If you are an art expert, jump right in and see how you do. Otherwise, play the first two games and study the gallery section first to give yourself a refresher.
This app is available in the App Store for $4.99/Download here