Thanks to everyone who entered the Life & Arts Christmas Challenge, published on December 24, and congratulations to David Lehane, of Wisconsin, who was chosen as the winner and will receive a £2,000 pair of “Precious” glasses by Lindberg. Answers below.
1. Caspar David Friedrich’s “The Sea of Ice” was inspired by an 1819-1820 expedition in search of the Northwest passage linking the Atlantic and the Pacific
2. William Shakespeare
3. The biographical dramas are:
(a) Jimmie Wilson playing Barack Obama in Hope – The Obama Musical Story, a musical that opened in Frankfurt
(b) Alfred Molina in Red, a Broadway play about Mark Rothko
(c) Sahr Ngaujah, who plays Fela Kuti in the Broadway and London productions of Fela!
(d) Tracie Bennett in End of the Rainbow, a West End play about Judy Garland
4. The Metropolitan Opera
5. Bridget Riley
6. Lindsay Lohan
7. Sylvester Stallone
8. The memoirists are: i) Keith Richards, from Life: Keith Richards ii) Tony Blair from A Journey: My Political Life iii) Mark Twain from The Autobiography of Mark Twain
9. Never before heard on an opera stage, the language of the opera U is Klingon
10. Serge Gainsbourg is the subject of the 2010 biopic Gainsbourg. His daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg made the album IRM, inspired by the cerebral haemorrhage she suffered in 2007
11. (a) An outpost of the Pompidou museum opened in Metz in May.
(b) The restored San Carlo opera house reopened in Naples last January
(c) The Royal Shakespeare Company’s revamped theatre opened in Stratford-upon-Avon in November
12. Susan Boyle
13. Silvio Berlusconi ordered for a classical statue of Mars in his official residence to be given new genitals
14. The Vatican newspaper claimed a Caravaggio painting was found in a church in Rome, only for the Vatican’s official art historian to rubbish the attribution
15. Johnny Marr of The Smiths told David Cameron to stop liking his music. The band’s singer Morrissey weighed in with the anti-hunting diatribe
16. (a) is the fake Signac
17. Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, Michael Jackson’s Michael and Jim Morrison’s pardon for his indecent exposure conviction are all posthumous
18. Astana, capital of Kazakhstan
19. (b) Catherine Zeta-Jones hasn’t been in a Woody Allen film. (Carla Bruni, (d), has a cameo in his forthcoming Midnight in Paris)
20. The Grand Hôtel des Bains on the Venice Lido was the setting for Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice
21. The Hobbit (directed by Peter Jackson)
22. i) (c) Picasso’s painting “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust”
ii) (b) the 18th-century Chinese vase
iii) (a) James Audubon’s 19th-century book The Birds of America. All prices are the winning bids.
23. The vase was found in an attic in the London suburb of Pinner. Audobon’s The Birds of America is fictionalised in Peter Carey’s novel, Parrot and Olivier in America
24. Chekhov got the flowers from Russian president Dmitry Medvedev on the 150th anniversary of his birth (see correction). Tolstoy, later in 2010, got none on the 100th anniversary of his death
25. Monet painted the scenes of the Thames from the Savoy
26. Gustav Mahler
27. The tweeting celebrities are: i) (c) Britney Spears; ii) (a) Ashton Kutcher; iii) (b) Oprah Winfrey
28. The critically panned Un Tramway is an adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire
29. Prince Phillip painted the portrait of the Queen in 1965
30. The Bombay-born Anish Kapoor
31. Visitors to Tate Modern had to stop walking on Ai Weiwei’s installation after fears the tramping might generate dangerous levels of dust particles. The UK edition of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was pulped after the wrong draft was published
32. 2010 Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa agreed to change sections of a 1963 novel to satisfy the censors of Franco’s Spain
34. MGM went bankrupt. EMI was the subject of the court battle
36. Julian Assange, whose mother Christine runs the Fairytale Puppet Theatre in Queensland
37. For the first time in 411 years the Globe theatre staged a play by a woman
38. (d) Elton John is the link. He has played duets with Lady Gaga (c) and Eminem (b), and performed at the wedding of Rush Limbaugh (a) for a reported $1m
40. Germany. The 1963 British skit Dinner for One, filmed in Germany, is cult New Year’s Eve viewing
CORRECTION: In the printed edition of the quiz, question 24 should have started: This year Russian president Dmitry Medvedev marked the 150th anniversary of a writer’s birth (not death, as incorrectly stated) by laying flowers at his grave ...
This was corrected for the online edition of the quiz on December 24 but we apologise for any confusion caused.
To see the questions go to www.ft.com/christmasquiz