Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
For Art Thursday, chess. I've mentioned before that we have themes with our birthdays, even for adults. Most recently, we celebrated Matthew's birthday with a chess theme. (My favorite chess joke: "What did the Australian chessplayer say to the waiter?" "Check, mate!")
Alma, playing chess
by Jean-Léon Gérôme
Chess at a campfire
photo by Armando Olivo
The Game of Life
by Anthony W. Jones
The chair of Alfabia (The Chair of the Moor King), featuring Tristan und Isolde playing chess
photo by H. Zell
Heavenly Scene with the Gods of Olympus Surrounding a Chess Board, Poseidon and Pan Below
John Carwitham 1723–41
by Anatoly Ivanovich Konenko
Mädchen mit Puppe (Girl with Doll)
Alexander Demetrius Goltz (1857-1944)
"The chessmen were walking about, two and two!"
illustration by Peter Newell for Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There"