Chess in Fine Art


"The Chess Game", Sofonisba Anguisolla, 1555

I am fascinated by the above painting that was created by the female artist, Sofonisba Anguisolla. I love the look on the little girl's joyful face. I also like that we get to look through a virtual window, if you will, into 16th century life. Women have been playing chess for a long time.


"Ferdinand and Miranda Playing Chess,Lucy Madox Brown, 1871

Brown was one of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. Her depiction of Ferdinand and Miranda, characters from Shakespeare's "The Tempest" feels claustrophobic. She looks at Ferdinand defiantly as she makes her move.

1865 Egyptian Chess Players oil on wood 39.8 x 55.8 cm

Egyptians Playing Chess, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1865

I have to say that I find this piece painted by Lawrence Alma-Tadema in 1865 to be a bit weird yet interesting. In what year is this scene set? The pieces look very modern while the dress looks like something out of a Cleopatra movie. 


F4717f5ad8fd1376687dec614a2566ecChess Competition, Olga Suvorova, 1854

The boy appears to be making his move while the girls looks not at him or the board but off into the distance…contemplating her next move?

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