JSM=John Soane's Museum, MMA=Metropolitan Museum of Art, MFAB=Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Other museum names are listed in full)

Battle of Naked Men (Antonio Pollaiuolo, 15th c., MMA)
An engraving showing ten men engaged in a vicious battle with weapons raised for the death blows. This painting could come to life to show the outcome of their fight: total carnage. Could be very macabre and funny.

The Tournament of Lances (Lucas Cranach the Elder, 15th c, MMA)
A woodcut showing a melee or a mass fight between armored knights with lances. Potential for a maze-like puzzle in this intricate work—perhaps following the various lances to their targets.

Death Killing the Lovers (after Hans Burgkmair, 16th c. MMA)
Death—a skull faced monster with tattered wings—pulls apart a young man's jaw to snatch out his soul while catching the man's beloved by her gown with his teeth. Just the kind of thing Weil would have in his gallery.

The Knight, Death and the Devil (Durer, 16th c., MMA)
The depictions of Death and the Devil in this engraving are amazing. Possible vignette?

The Alchemist (After Bruegel the Elder, 16th c., MMA)
A scene filled with activity, objects and characters showing the attempt to turn lead into gold. Might be used as the basis for an image puzzle.

Leda and the Swan. Erotic art.

The Temptation of Saint Anthony Abbot (Sassetta, 15th c., MMA)
A magical/fantastical tempera painting of the Saint in a deserted landscape. Potential here for advice from the figure of St. Anthony warning the Visitor of Weil. The Blue Angel could appear in the painting as one of the Saint's temptations.

The Ship of Fools (Bosch, 15th c., Louvre)
Lust and gluttony on a boat. Very funny painting.

Crucifixion and The Last Judgement (Jan van Eyck, 15th c., MMA)
The bottom part of this painting is a Bosch-like vision of hell with bodies writhing in torment, lizard-headed monsters, demons with gaping mouths in their torsos, and a skeleton with black wings hovering over them all.

Judith With the Head of Holofernes (Lucas Cranach the Elder, 16th c. MMA)
We could replace the face of Judith here with the Blue Angel.

Vanitas (still life from reverse of Portrait of Jane-Loyse Tissier, Rijksmuseum, 16th c.)
Cool painting of a skull on a bookshelf. This is on the reverse of a portrait of a young woman. We could have the same sort of visual hint on the back of a portrait—the Visitor must turn the painting over to see this secret image.

The Ugly Duchess (Quentin Massys, 16th c., National Gallery, London.)
A hilarious painting. We can put the title "Mom" under it, as though it were a portrait of Weil's mother.

The Incantation (Goya, 18th c. Lazaro Galdiano Foundation, Madrid)
A possible vignette based on this painting. The story is about a man who is shunned by several women in his village, so he conspires to have them burned at the stake as witches. After their deaths, they come back to haunt him in the guises of hideous witches. We enter the vignette through the painting. The finale of the vignette is what happens in the moments after the image of the frozen painting (that is, the witches have their revenge).

The Stibbert Museum This museumin Florence has a huge collection of armor. Check images of two of the rooms' European and Japanese armor. These might serve as prototypes for the War room. In this collection is the Devil's Mask: a knight's helm with eerie "devil's" horns. A full-size reproduction of this suit of armor could inhabit one of the rooms of the house and stalk the Visitor.

David with the Head of Goliath (Bartolommeo Bellano, 15th c., MMA)
Possible vignette material here or animated statue of David giving advice to player (with comment from the decapitated head of Goliath at his feet).

Ephesian Artemis (2nd c. AD, JSM)
Cult fertility figure from the temple of Artemis.

Pilasters with Angels (Giovanni Pisano, 14th c., MMA)
Four angels blowing on trumpets. Cool Gothic design. Angels could come to life playing a Medieval trumpet piece that changes to a 30's style cabaret song, backing up the Blue Angel in a song.

Ugolin (Carpeaux, 1860, Musee d'Orsay)
Statue of a man biting his fingers in agony with his four starving sons at his feet. This statue would be a fantastic segue to a vignette. Ugolin was a 13th century Italian tyrant who was imprisoned by his enemy with his children and grandchildren and condemned to die of starvation. Count Ugolin finally died, but only after eating his offspring.

Model of Egyptians Butchering an Ox (2000 B.C., MFAB)
These lifelike models were placed in tombs. Many of them showed acts of daily life like pottery and beer making, soldiers and servants. The Egyptian vignette could be told with these figures coming to life in pseudo stop-action style.

Winged Assyrian Bulls, Khorsabad, palace of Sargon of Assyria (721-705 BC, Louvre)
Two of these Assyrian bulls with the heads of men are built into a doorway in the Louvre. We should have something like this in Weil's museum. The heads could come to life and speak to the Viewer as they enter one of the rooms—perhaps bar the Visitor's entrance until they have answered a riddle from the bulls.

Diana The Huntress & The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastion

A 16th Century painting of an innocent but tortured looking young man, Saint Sebastian, his body pierced with arrows. He comes to life. He speaks, "The pain is very great! I beseech you by all that's holy, help free me from this place of torment. I must warn you of a great threat--a danger to your soul..

He seems suddenly terrified by something on the other side of the room. A statue of Diana The Huntress (Artemis) coming to life. She draws her bow and launches an arrow which hits the young man in the throat to stop him from speaking. The tortured soul then fades back into the static 2 dimensional painting hanging on the wall and the Diana statue becomes lifeless once again.

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Egyptian Canopic Jars (1000 BC, Detroit Institute of the Arts)
During the mummification process, the internal organs were removed and placed into special jars. These would be part of the "mummy’s organs" puzzle.

Greek Vase, Two Warriors Fighting (6th c., MFAB)
An example of the kind of Greek vase that might be in the museum showing two men dueling with spears. (Archaic style.)

Celestial Globe with Clockwork (Austrian or Bohemian, 16th c., MMA)
A silver horse with a clockwork globe showing the zodiac mounted on its back. Potential here for a puzzle involving aligning the constellations.

Byzantium, Chalice (1501, Church of St. Sabbas, Nicosia)
A strange, golden chalice with curling dragon heads for handles.

Anatomy Skeleton (JSM)
The Visitor finds an anatomy skeleton that comes to life and tells his story. (He sold his future corpse to Weil while he was still alive. Weil poisoned him to expedite his death.)

Model of Etruscan Tomb (JSM)
A miniature Etruscan tomb with a skeleton, pottery and other vessels.

Model of Stonehenge (JSM)
An accurate rendering of the Neolithic stone circles in the Salisbury plains when they were complete and undamaged. Touching the model with the cursor, however, causes the stones to fall like dominos, revealing the present day, dilapidated Stonehenge.

Gypsy Fortune Teller Automaton
A mechanical gypsy fortune teller in a booth. Every time the Viewer clicks on it, he gets a different fortune. Some are standard fare "You will soon be going on a long sea voyage". Others are related to various Vignettes such as the Booth Vignette, "Thus always to tyrants." "You will meet a dark stranger in the woods." "You will be famous in the theatre." At one point, you click on it and instead of dispensing a piece of paper, the automaton leans forward with a chillingly human look of intensity on her face and tells the player "YOU WILL DIE!"

Stereo Photo Viewer
Old fashioned stereo photo viewer. Click on it and zoom in to see a "stereo pair" of some vintage photographs.

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