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The class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: a museum of art; an art collection.

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What is this painting on the Enterprise showing?

In the TNG episode "The Best of Both Worlds" Part 1, Commander Shelby is given guest quarters on the Enterprise. Her quarters contain the painting shown below: What is the inverted tear-drop-like ...
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What franchises are these weapons from?

The numbers refer to the weapon before them unless that weapon is last on the line. (Also if anyone has a more complete screenshot of the remaining weapons or of ones with cut off portions please ...
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Who, or what, are the human characters in the original 1977 Hildebrandt Star Wars poster?

Who, or what, are the human characters in the original 1977 Hildebrandt Star Wars poster? They are definitely NOT Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher. Is there any canon information regarding whether or not ...
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Is the painting at Lex Luthor's office real?

In the movie when Lex invites senator Finch to his private office, he points to an old oil painting depicting angels fighting with demons. At the end of the movie we can see the painting again but ...
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Who drew this hollow Moon theory picture?

I would like to use this hollow Moon picture on my site (from elarcadelosdioses.wordpress.com): Here is a similar contrast photo of the Moon from space.com: It appears often and w/o any credentials. ...
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What are the names of all the sci-fi vessels in this artwork?

This artwork is described as featuring "over 120 locations, vessels, and characters." The locations are labeled and there are only a few characters, so that leaves the vessels. Many I recognize (see ...
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Is the cover art on this faux paperback graphic "The Omicron Variant" on Seth Meyers' "A Closer Look" borrowed from a real SciFi novel's cover?

In the late night comedy talk show host Seth Meyers' recent video Trump's Secret Positive COVID Test; GOP's Omicron Conspiracy Theories: A Closer Look (cued at 09:17) there's a graphic of a faux old, ...
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Did HPL ever draw his creatures, or see drawings in his lifetime?

H.P. Lovecraft had a pretty vivid imagination, but did he ever draw out or see others drawings of his creatures from his Cthulhu mythos? If so is there some authoritative, or widely accepted set of ...
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Short story about two astronauts exploring an art museum on an abandoned planet

In this short story, two astronauts are exploring an art museum on an abandoned planet. The only living things present are the flies/gnats which swarm outside the museum. They are confused by the art ...
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What does the cover art of Cursed Child mean?

If someone showed me this image a year ago, I never would have guessed it had anything to do with Harry Potter. I would've said it was a Christmas decoration; nothing about it strikes me as Harry ...
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Who drew this depiction of Morpheus (from "The Sandman")?

I've been seeing this image of Morpheus - the main character of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman - quite frequently: Slight variation here and here It appears in multiple articles about the [now bust] The ...
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Vintage book cover showing humanoid astronauts in upper body EVA suits but a "pod" or "monopant" lower half?

In comments under the Space SE question Why do EVA suits have legs? the OP clarifies that for a humanoid astronaut performing extravehicular activities their suit may not need individual legs but ...
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Where is this painting from the Enterprise now?

This is a follow on to this question and of course this answer regarding this painting: which we now know is a depiction by Rick Sternbach of the glideship Aurora and its hydrogen balloon, used to ...
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Trying to find old short story about mysterious picture drawing device

I am trying to find a story I read once, about a fellow who finds a strange device that draws pictures. He can't figure out how it works, or what the controls do, but, through trial and error, he ...
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Where's this Japanese-student-looking winged girl from?

Google Images is no help, while Tineye reveals that this image of a non-human girl with dragon wings, blue skin, red eyes, horns and a tail, wearing what looks like a Japanese school uniform, given ...
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Any artists' concepts of Moties published in 20th Century?

I was fascinated with the unusual design of the Moties described in the Niven & Pournelle novel The Mote in God's Eye. I don't recall ever seeing any illustration showing a Motie. Have any ...
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1970's or 1980's "photobook" of alien worlds [duplicate]

Growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, I had this "photobook" of alien worlds. It was basically a collection of artwork with a short description of each world. It was a hardcover, but probably ...
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What events, characters, or settings are shown on this album cover?

I picked this up at a thrift shop over the weekend. I found it very neat to see what a reader may have imagined the characters and world of LOTR to look like. I read the book in a Post-Jackson world, ...
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Did Tolkien paint or sketch any artwork for the scrapped sequel to LOTR: 'The New Shadow'?

I've always liked the art that Tolkien himself produced and having only recently learned of the existence of The New Shadow, I'm wondering did he get around to painting anything for it? Obviously at ...
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Does anyone know who created or where this He-Man and Battlecat image came from?

Saw this years ago, and heard tell this was some imagery around a proposed He-Man & the Masters of the Universe update movie. Nothing seems to have come of that, though. Still, the image is ...
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What is the empty box for on this comic cover?

Here is an example from the Lucifer series:
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Does Conquest's album "Frozen Sky" reference the "Forgotten Realms" books?

A while back, I shared a song to a friend, who upon seeing the video's thumbnail, immediately asked me whether the band had ripped off the cover of Jean Rabe's Red Magic (1991), the third novel in the ...
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Star Trek TNG: Season 5, Episode 2, Darmok: Brass Solar System Artwork

In Star Trek TNG: Season 5, Episode 2, Darmok there is a brass Solar System artwork piece on the wall of the room that Troi and Data are in while trying to translate what the Tamarians are saying. ...
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Is anything known about science fiction illustrator Martin Key?

Martin Key is listed as the illustrator in the debut issue of If magazine, March 1952. The cover illustration is this: Wikipedia has nothing. Amazon has nothing (not surprising, maybe 1 in 20 of the ...
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To whom does each of these lightsabers belong?

These lightsabers look like they're from the Star Wars films: These lightsabers look like they're from the Star Wars non-film universe: To whom does each of these lightsabers belong?
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Sci-fi novel: alien planet experiencing plague, stimulates avant-garde art in doomed populace

I must have read this book in the '90s or earlier. There's an entire planet quarantined, as lots of people die off. Instead of the standard post-apocalypse story, it's about how people cope with their ...
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SF artwork identification - painting of woman looking through a playing card

I remember this painting, I think from the eighties, of a woman looking out through a cut out giant playing card. The card was a queen, of course, and her face lined up with the cut out portion of the ...
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Who designed the original Autobot and Decepticon logos?

Do we know which artist(s) designed the original Transformers logos? It probably wasn't something anyone thought to credit back then, but it's incredibly iconic these days and I'd like to know who ...
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Why did Charlie Adlard replace Tony Moore?

Robert Kirkman has always written the Walking Dead comics, but the series has had two different artists doing the penciling. For the first six issues, Tony Moore did all the pencil work; from issue ...
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Story about aliens discovering cave art

I remember a short story about aliens looking for planets to sterilize and colonize, except if the occupants have some redeeming value. They're about to give up on neolithic Earth, populated by ...
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Picture of a decapitated Egyptian robot's head with wires coming out of its neck

Sometime ago I met a girl who had the most stunning tattoo of a decapitated robot's head on her arm. It may have been an Egyptian robot's head, but it was simply stunning. I recall there were wires ...
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In Tolkien's own visual art, why is it that Bag End has no visible chimneys?

I asked this question of Wayne Hammond years ago, after going through J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator. He didn't know. I also asked about having to go and he speculatively joked about going ...
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Help me Identify Strange and Bizarre Fantasy Artist, World Was Similar to Dragons Lair Game

This may not be the best place to ask, but I was trying to find artwork by a fantasy artist I remember very little about. I know his art was similar to Don Bluth’s work on the famous Dragons Lair ...
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Why are there two completely different depictions of the Nazgûl and their flying mounts in the cartoon version of The Return of the King?

The Rankin-Bass cartoon versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King have not generally enjoyed strong reputations among Tolkien's fans. However, comparing them to some of the live action films, ...
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Help identifying a horror illustration

I've had a particular color illustration or painting in my mind, and despite it having very distinct elements for searching online, I just can't find it or the artist. I remember it from a horror ...
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Did John Bellairs tailor his stories to fit Edward Gorey's illustrations?

As I was preparing this answer, I was struck by the creepy hollow eyes of the two of the figures in the stained glass window on the Edward Gorey cover of John Bellairs The Revenge of the Wizard's ...
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Fantasy art book from 1980s

I'm trying to find a fantasy art book from the 1980s just for nostalgia to see if it's as strange as I remember. It was a smallish hardback book that just contained illustrations. The subject was ...
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Where does this sailor beside Bender come from?

In school we were interpreting a painting from Slovak artist Erik Šille called Wave (Vlna). He used a lot of pop-culture references, but we didn't recognize this little sailor. Is he from a cartoon or ...
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Trying to find a firework or Roman candle with a guild steersman on it

Of late, I have decided to start asking here all the various science fiction and fantasy questions that have puzzled me over the years. Today, I have a fireworks identification question. I know this ...
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Cover art on Lafferty's collection Nine Hundred Grandmothers

A three-breasted woman is depicted on the cover, by artists Leo and Diane Dillon, of the 1970 first edition of the R. A. Lafferty collection Nine Hundred Grandmothers. Was this cover inspired by a ...
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Book about a world of elfin-like creatures with bumps on their foreheads

It was a children's book my aunt once got me. Its a book about a world of elfin like creatures with bumps on their foreheads who are very akin to druids and kindly villagers and grotesque goblin like ...
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Looking to find a fantasy painting with a knight on horseback overlooking a distant castle. Probably 70's or 80's

The knight is on the left of the castle in the distance. He's wearing a long cloak, and the horse's head is bowed. I think :| It may also have been an album cover but I would not swear to it. It was a ...
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Can anyone identify this reposted artwork of a Grey alien?

I love spooky paranormal stuff (though I don't believe a lick of it) and am curious to know the origins of this eerie illustration of a Grey alien. I've seen it reposted online a lot, but with no ...
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What is the sculpture in Kirk’s Quarters — Star Trek VI

Does anyone know anything about this sculpture? Artist? Name of sculpture?
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Name of the art style in The Matrix

I am always fascinated by the art style of the scenes in and around the derelict houses in the Matrix movies. I know that in the computer game Kingpin, the surroundings look similar. Is there a name ...
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Renoir painting in the National Gallery (Melbourne) described in On the Beach

In the classic novel On the Beach (1957, p. 178), Nevil Shute has two of his characters visit the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (Australia). They turned from the exhibition. "Are you ...
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Looking for the title and author of a short story featuring paintings by Arcimboldo and a Habsburg conspiracy

I read this story a long time ago and I can’t for the life of me get it by googling. Key details (these get somewhat spoilery if you haven't read this and feel like you might want to): Featured one ...
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Was the illustration of the "Primordial One" in the AD&D Deities and Demigods based on the one from Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials?

Out of the blue, one of my sons asked me today what Cthulhu's "stats" were. My immediate thought was to look them up in the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Deities & Demigods. ...
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Who is "Nine Lives Man"? (Push Comic) bronze sculpture

On the platform of Liujia train station in Hsinchu county Taiwan there is what looks like a bronze sculpture of someone riding or flying a stylized retro or steampunk rocket motorcycle with a small ...
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Is there any explanation of what the one- and two-headed monster statues at the entrances to Kraid's and Ridley's hideouts represent?

In the Metroid games taking place on Zebes, the entrances to the "hideouts" of the minibosses Kraid and Ridley are often decorated with monstrous heads—a single-headed, blue monster at Kraid'...
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