Chrstimas details: arts quiz

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This year's Christmas Details makes a chequer-board of 16 flat patches, taken from paintings by 16 different artists. None of these details is minute - each square shows a substantial area of the picture in question. All the works are pre-20th century. Some of them have appeared in the competition before, though differently cropped.

So tell us the names of the paintings and artists, numbering them 1-16 (dates and locations not required). The sender of the first fully correct answer to be picked out - or failing that, the most correct - wins a case of champagne. A bottle each goes to the three runners-up. Your answers should be sent to: XMAS DETAILS, Arts Desk, Independent on Sunday, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL, and arrive no later than 6 January 1998. The solutions and results will be published on 18 January. Normal Details will return after Christmas. !



a) Geri "Ginger" Spice; b) William Hague in his "young fogey" baseball cap; c) Cherie Blair in a sari at an Indian banquet held at the Grosvenor House; d) the Queen in her pop-socks on her trip to India.


Barry Grant from Brookside, Stephen Fry, the Monkees and Rupert Everett have all made comebacks this year.


They have all taken on the Almighty - except the Teletubbies, who took on Shakespeare. Norman Mailer re-wrote the Bible in the first person in his The Gospel According to the Son; Noel Gallagher claimed that Oasis were "more important ... than God"; Chris Evans encouraged listeners to his radio show to ring in and tell him he was God. The Radio Times, on the other hand, satisfied itself with calling the Teletubbies "bigger than Shakespeare".


a) British Airways spent pounds 2m replacing its red and blue half-arrow logo with no less than 16 different tail liveries, each representing different parts of the world, while Richard Branson adopted the Union Jack for the logo on his Virgin planes; b) David Cronenburg's film Crash was banned from West End cinemas by Westminster council because it featured characters who got sexual pleasure from road- accidents; c) Brass Eye presenter Chris Morris got into trouble after fooling an MP into asking questions in the House about an imaginary drug called "cake"; d) paint and eggs were thrown in protest when the Royal Academy displayed Marcus Harvey's portrait of Myra Hindley made from a child's hand-prints.


a) Hussein Chalayan; b) Stella McCartney; c) Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu; d) Alexander McQueen.


a) Martin Bell on New Labour ("dragon"); b) David Mellor, on election night, to the late James Goldsmith ("up your hacienda"); c) Tony Banks on William Hague ("foetus"); d) Anne Widdicombe on Michael Howard ("something of the night"). !