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In this video from Children's Video Tour, young art lovers are introduced to Valentin de Boulogne's 17th-century painting "Soldiers Playing Cards and Dice (The Cheats)." Inspired by one of Caravaggio's most famous paintings, "The Cheats," the painting depicts a group of soldiers playing games at a table in a tavern or a dark alley. The bearded man sitting nearest to the viewer is wearing armor, bright red tights, and has a sword slung around his back. His young opponent is dressed differently-in a pink silk shirt and a feathered cap. He's leaning over his cards, studying them carefully. The standing man, wearing a cape and a helmet, is peeking at the young man's hand and signaling to his friend across the table. Wait a minute, they're cheating! Do you think the young man will find out? http://www.nga.gov/fcgi-bin/tinfo_f?object=107315


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