Famous paintings over the years are filled with lovely female models. They convey strength, beauty, and- in some cases- mystery. Who is this muse? Why is she portrayed in this light? I can’t give you a definitive answer to those questions, but I can at least offer this quiz to help you determine which portrait you best embody. Be sure to share your results in the comments!
1. If I were an animal, I’d probably be a…
A. Lion B. Squirrel C. Fish D. Domestic house cat
2. My favorite accessory is…
A. Gold chain B. Colored scarf C. Earrings D. Ribbon headband
3. In photos, I often look…
A. Angry B. Relaxed C. Shy D. Bored
4. I could see my muse living in…
A. Italy B. Poland C. The Netherlands D. New York City
5. A lot of my friends are…
A. Dead B. Animals C. Older than me D. Wealthy
If you picked mostly A’s…you’re Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi!
If you picked mostly B’s…you’re Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci!
If you picked mostly C’s…you’re Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer!
If you picked mostly D’s…you’re Countess d’Haussonville by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres!
(Source: The Frick Collection App)
Today for you, I have an Appreciation Post that is very near and dear to my geeky self. Happy belated holidays, by the way…and on Christmas, one of my gifts was a pre-order for the upcoming video game Fire Emblem Birthright. I dove into the last installment in this series, Awakening, over the course of this year and let me tell you: it was insanely good. So good, in fact, that I would easily consider it one of the greatest games I have ever played. Everything about the piece, from the graphics to the story to the gameplay, was stunningly done. I even found myself sobbing at more than one point- it was so moving and perfectly balanced between those moments and moments of pure humor. In the upcoming entry to the Fire Emblem series, we’ll actually find three stories in one- that is, three complementary games that center around the same conflict but from different points of view. There’s Birthright, Conquest, and Revelations. I chose to get the first one, although a friend of mine bought the Special Edition that comes with all three. (What a showoff.)
Anyway, to celebrate the imminent arrival of the next chapter in the Fire Emblem saga, I’m presenting some of my favorite pieces of character art from Awakening. You may notice that all of my picks are females, but that is intentional; yet another great thing about this series is its abundance of kick-butt lady fighters. (All images are from Nintendo’s website.)
This is Say’ri, a sword-wielding princess.
Meet Cherche, a courageous Wyvern rider.
Here is Anna, a tricky merchant.
This is Cordelia, an expert Pegasus trainer.
And here’s Tiki, who can turn into a dragon.
I have to admit, I couldn’t come up with a great answer for this. I did know this much: whatever character I chose would likely have stunning blue eyes. I’ve long been a sucker for crystal blues. Ultimately, I decided on this one, because his eyes are an important part of the plot.
After the Beast transforms into his human self, Belle does not recognize him. However, once she looks into those intense windows to the soul, her doubt is cleared. They are the one part of the prince’s face that stayed the same in both forms; that makes them pretty important. And so the two lived happily ever after.