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Leda et le cygne par Paolo Veronese 1

Here are some more random tables to define the art displayed in fictional 18th century Grand Houses (such as Highdark Hall). See also “Random Portraits in Grand Houses”, and “Random Group Portraits in Grand Houses”.

d100

In the foreground is/are…

1

a satyr chasing nymphs.

2

a knight fighting a dragon.

3

Perseus rescuing Andromeda from the sea monster.

4

the Oracle at Delphi, seated on a golden tripod over a fuming rift.

5

Mercury bearing the caduceus.

6

Mars in armor.

7

Circe transforming Ulysses’ men into swine.

8

Cadmus clad in a lion skin, fighting the serpentine dragon with his spear.

9

the nymph Daphne transforming into the laurel tree while being pursued by Apollo.

10

Narcissus the hunter staring at his own face reflected in a pool.

11

Adonis and Aphrodite.

12

Queen Dido immolating herself in grief over the loss of Aeneas.

13

Pygmalion sculpting Galatea.

14

Pandora opening the box of evils.

15

A she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus.

16

Diana bathing with her nymphs.

17

Medusa.

18

King Midas turning objects to gold.

19

Sir Tristan and Iseult of Ireland.

20

Saturn eating his children.

21

Venus atop a shell, arising from the sea.

22

Danaë showered with golden coins.

23

Europa riding the bull.

24

Theseus and the Minotaur.

25

Jason and the Hydra.

26

Hercules fighting the Hydra.

27

Hercules fighting the Nemean Lion.

28

the Gods of Olympus.

29

Jupiter disguised as Diana, seducing the nymph Callisto.

30

Hades carrying off Persephone to the Underworld.

31

Daphne transforming into the laurel tree while chased by Apollo.

32

the satyr Marsyas being flayed alive by Apollo.

33

the Fairy court of King Oberon and Queen Titania.

34

a unicorn alone in the forest.

35

a unicorn being baited with a topless young woman, while hunters lie in wait.

36

the combat of a serpentine dragon with an elephant.

37

Thetis imploring Zeus on behalf of her son Achilles.

38

an Undine in the form of a beautiful woman, standing in a waterfall.

39

Bellerophon atop Pegasus, fighting the Chimera.

40

a Green Man, his body composed of foliage.

41

King Arthur and his knights, seated about the Round Table.

42

The Holy Grail, floating in air.

43

the Phoenix on its pyre.

44

a child being abducted by the Earlking.

45

the Judgment of Paris.

46

the Fall of Icarus.

47

Phaëton struck from the solar chariot of Apollo by a thunderbolt.

48

the Amazonomachy, a battle between Greek men and Amazon women.

49

a scene of Hell from Dante’s “Inferno”

50

the Magician Prospero commanding Ariel, from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

51

Macbeth and the Witches.

52

the one-eyed Arimaspians battle Griffins for gold.

53

a blemmye, or headless man with a face in his chest.

54

a hippopode, or man with horse hooves instead of feet.

55

a Bacchanalia.

56

Psyche and Eros.

57

The funeral procession of Siegfried.

58

Jason fighting the dragon for the Golden Fleece.

59

Orpheus charming animals with his music.

60

Alexander the Great cutting the Gordian Knot.

61

Ulysses bound to the mast of his ship, tempted by the sirens.

62

Isis depicted as Mother of the World.

63

Oedipus confronting The Sphinx.

64

the Three Graces, depicted as nude women embracing each other.

65

the nine Muses.

66

Venus at her toilette.

67

the Trojan Horse.

68

Prester John, legendary Christian king of the East, holding court.

69

centaurs fighting.

70

Silenus drunk.

71

Maenads tearing King Pentheus apart with their hands and teeth.

72

Oedipus tearing out his eyes.

73

the dying Hyacinth held by his lover Apollo.

74

the beautiful Hero mourning her drowned lover Leander.

75

The lovemaking of Leda and the Swan.

76

Medea killing her children.

77

Lancelot and Guinevere embracing.

78

the female knight Bradamante.

79

Rogero mounted on the hippogriff, rescuing Angelica from the sea monster.

80

the Celtic poet Ossian, and his beloved Malvina.

81

White-robed Druids gathered in a stone circle.

82

King Arthur borne away on a barge to Avalon.

83

Queen Omphale wearing the skin of the Nemean lion, while Hercules bears the distaff and spindle.

84

Odin with his two ravens.

85

The Buddha.

86

Siegfried awakening the Valkyrie Brunhilde.

87

King Neptune emerging from the sea.

88

Thetis dipping the infant Achilles into the river Styx.

89

The Lady of the Lake giving Excalibur to King Arthur.

90

the sorceress Morgan Le Fay.

91

Ogier the Dane with his short sword.

92

Ariadne borne away from Naxos by Dionysus.

93

a hairy Wild Man (or Wild Woman).

94

the sea-monster Leviathan, and the land-dwelling Behemoth.

95

Merlin in his cave.

96

Melusine, a winged woman with the lower body of a serpent.

97

A group of Swan Maids.

98

the poet Tannhäuser in Venusberg.

99

Lady Godiva nude atop her horse.

100

Atlas carrying the world.

d12

Beyond, in the middle ground is/are…

1

natural trees.

2

topiaries.

3

oddly-shaped rocks.

4

several onlookers dressed in anachronistic clothing.

5

dogs.

6

deer.

7

cows and sheep.

8

Putti. (Winged children depicted without halos.)

9

curtains. (50% chance of no other background.)

10

a garden.

11

the columned terrace of a Classical house.

12

birds.

d10

The background is…

1

a rolling countryside.

2

numerous jagged rocks.

3

a forest of straight, high trees.

4

an ancient, gnarled woods.

5

a bucolic village.

6

a rocky shoreline.

7

a castle atop a spur of rock.

8

an ancient, classical ruin.

9

a ruined castle.

10

a medieval castle atop a rocky outcrop.

d20

Notable about the depiction is…

1 – 9

nothing; it is a typical painting of its time in every way.

10

everyone is depicted in costumes contemporary to the date of the painting.

11

the figures appear to be gender-swapped.

12

all the figures are nude.

13

the colors are utterly bizarre and garish.

14

if you look away, and then look again at the painting, the figures look as if they have changed positions.

15

it appears to be the work of an otherwise unknown master.

16

it is so realistic-looking you feel as if you could reach in and touch the figures.

17

it done in a flat and stylized manner.

18

it seems impossible to ascertain what medium was used.

19

it seems almost self-luminous.

20

one of the figures has the face of a notable person.
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