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Caspar David Friedrich - Das Eismeer - Hamburger Kunsthalle - 02

The 18th century saw the tremendous growth of Landscape painting as a popular genre, especially in Britain. Although contemporary critics ranked it as a “lesser” type of painting (similar to the still-life), there were many more landscapes actually hanging on walls than the more prestigious historical images preferred by the intelligentsia. The early years of the 19th century also saw the emergence of great Romantic landscape artists like Caspar David Friedrich (known for his moody images that often include figures looking into the scene with the viewer) and J.M.W. Turner (whose visionary work prefigured Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism).

Besides its use to add atmosphere to a setting, a landscape painting can also be a great clue to finding a location significant to the resolution of some in-game mystery. If you are running a game set in Highdark Hall, use the following tables to define the landscape paintings found in the Governess’ Bedroom.

d100

The painting depicts a landscape scene of…

1 – 2

a gnarled forest…

3 – 4

a pine forest…

5 – 6

a ruined castle…

7 – 8

a ruined cathedral…

9 – 10

a classical ruin…

11 – 12

a circle of standing stones…

13 – 14

an overgrown churchyard…

15 – 16

a lake…

17 – 18

a field of grain…

19 – 20

an orchard…

21 – 22

a snowy field…

23 – 24

jagged mountain peaks…

25 – 26

rolling hills…

27 – 28

rocky shore…

29 – 30

Venice…

31 –32

the Bay of Naples…

33 – 34

London…

35 – 36

Paris…

37 – 38

Vienna…

39 – 40

the ruins of Pompeii…

41 – 42

the arctic…

43 – 44

a house on the moors…

45 – 46

a ship on a calm sea…

47 – 48

a ship on a stormy sea…

49 – 50

a great chasm…

51 – 52

a formal French garden…

53 – 54

an English landscape garden…

55 – 56

a castle atop a mountain…

57 – 58

Chinese pagodas…

59 – 60

Egyptian ruins…

61 – 62

a cave entrance…

63 – 64

a natural arch of rock…

65 – 66

a monumental building in India…

67 – 68

a Turkish palace…

69 – 70

a mosque…

71 – 72

a lonely tomb…

73 – 74

a grand Gothic cathedral…

75 – 76

a mighty river…

77 – 78

an island in the South Seas…

79 – 80

a forest, with hunters chasing game…

81 – 82

a gathering storm on the shoreline…

83 – 84

a storm raining down on a field…

85 – 86

a beacon on the shore…

87 – 88

a South Seas island…

89 – 90

sandy desert dunes…

91 – 92

a ruined Hindu temple…

93 – 94

Ancient American ruins (Aztec, Mayan, Inca, etc.)…

95 – 96

a volcanic eruption…

97 – 98

a river ford…

99 – 100

a partially-ruined farmhouse…

d4

in the…

1

spring,

2

summer,

3

autumn,

4

winter,

d4

during the hours of…

1

the morning.

2

the day.

3

the evening.

4

the night.

d20

The notable thing about the painting is…

1

the out of place animal(s).

2

the out of place plant(s).

3

the inclusion of an unidentifiable creature.

4

the powerfully moving depiction that fills you with a sense of sublime melancholy (or terror).

5

the strange lights depicted in the sky.

6

the heavy use of impasto techniques that add surface texture to the depictions of features like rocks and trees.

7

the strange use of perspective.

8

that no attempt has been made to follow the rules of perspective.

9

it appears to be an unknown work from a well-known master.

10

it is incompetently rendered, and must have some kind of sentimental value to its owners.

11

the places and objects depicted form a visual pun.

12

the complete lack of apparent brush-strokes.

13

the virtuoso, trompe l’oeil depiction that looks like seeing the actual landscape through a window.

14

it seems to have been painted on a black ground, rather than white.

15

it was apparently painted alla prima, in one sitting with no under-painting.

16

there seems to be another, faintly visible image underneath the current image.

17

it has a heavily crackled surface.

18

although an oil, it is completely painted in translucent glazes that make it resemble a watercolor.

19

it appears to be the work of an unknown master.

20

the semi-abstract rendering, more concerned with color and shape than an accurate depiction of reality.
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