Test Your Strength: Art History

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Test Your Strength: Art History

Cover image of A.S. Byatt's ElementalsA favorite library past-time, some might call it a "super power" actually, is to identify masterpieces that are used as book jacket illustrations.

You, gentle reader, may now test your super powers as well. Ready? Good.

Pictured on the left is the cover to an A.S. Byatt story collection called Elementals. Who painted the original cover image?

If you need a hint: A very famous pastel drawing by this artist was recently sold at Sotheby's for a cool $119.9 million.

Email your answer to matthew.mann@dc.gov, and you will experience the thrill of being correct!

Then at your next BBQ, cocktail party or box social you can impress your friends with something like, "Did you know, Matilda, that the cover of A.S. Byatt's collection called Elementals features a painting by...?".