Billion Dollar Art Gallery

 

Give the best museum in the world: 500 ultra high definition paintings in a beautiful maple gift box.

Display the paintings on your big screen TV! 

Use the companion website to learn more about each painting.

This collection of 500 paintings of the great Western masters spans centuries and represents every school from Gothic, Renaissance, Romanticism, Luminism, Impressionism, Surrealism and beyond.

The BillionDollarArtGallery collection of beautiful paintings has been edited to display quickly in ultra high resolution (3840 x 2160) on any large-screen television. Our sleek chrome USB Drive seamlessly inserts into your TV's or Roku's USB port and is packaged beautifully in an elegant solid maple wood gift box laser-etched with the BillionDollarArtGallery logo. Why call it the BillionDollarArtGallery? Simple! This device turns your HDTV into one a fine art frame – displaying (even if you could buy them) over ten billion dollars worth of art right in your living room! 

Turn your living room into an art museum!

Experience works of art with ultra-high-resolution detail  as if you were standing directly in front of the original! 

Easily explore additional information about the painting. With one click of your remote, display the painting's name, artist, year, and the museum where you can see the original.

When you see the BillionDollarArtGallery on a big screen TV, you will see the painting as the artist originally intended! 

Our ultra-high-resolution images present a level of quality so fine, you can vividly see the artist's brushstrokes. With such detail, you will observe subtleties within the painting as never before. The longer you live with these paintings, the more detail and features you will notice. Welcome into your home 500 of the greatest paintings in the world, displayed with museum-level quality.

The BillionDollarArtGallery is a beautiful experience to live with and an excellent gift for anyone...

 

 

Why Decorate with a Blank Screen?

It’s what most of us have done with our televisions. Now, the BillionDollarArtGallery turns your TV into an object of exquisite beauty. Five hundred of the most beautiful paintings in history entertain and inspire.

 

 

Display Timeless Wonders

Turn your television into a work of art by showcasing 500 of the most iconic paintings in history. Whether you want to spice up a party or experience intriguing paintings every day, the BillionDollarArtGallery will lift your spirits and expand your mind.

 

A Gift For Those Who Have It All

We believe that art is for everyone, and we have learned — by living with the BillionDollarArtGallery ourselves — that the more familiar we are with great art, the happier we are, the more we learn, and the more we enjoy seeing great art in person. We created the BillionDollarArtGallery to enable everyone to be a billionaire art collector — and to create a fulfilling and surprising gift for virtually anyone.

 

 

A Billion-Dollar Story

Enriching lives through art.

 

 

Ubiquitous Blank Screens 

We got to wondering, what kind of images would we enjoy living with?

Glenn hung a TV in the living room, and Paige said, “We’re not going to watch TV here are we?” No, we agreed to play only images on this screen. We tried family photos, which we loved, but we knew those pictures already. We tried streams of Internet photos, but they were too random. So together as husband and wife we set about collecting the world’s greatest art into an awesome assembly to share with others.

 

 

 

 

A Passion Projected Around a Desire to Learn

 

Paige said, “Oh, I LOVE art! Let me add some paintings.” She did, and we found we loved watching the art change on our TV screen. Inspired, we began assembling a collection of greatest paintings in history. Eventually, we had 500 paintings in our collection, spanning 900 years and representing styles from Medieval to Neoclassic to Cubism and everything in between.

 

 

 

 

A Gift for Our Friends

 

Our friends asked, “Where did you get that?” so often, we decided to package it up for them in a laser-etched gift box. We named it the BillionDollarArtGallery because, even if you could buy these paintings, they would cost many billions of dollars. We added original music by Alex Cap, a Hollywood composer, and we created a web site for phones that provides information about each painting.

Today, thousands of people enjoy the BillionDollarArtGallery. It’s like living in one of the finest museums in the world. We hope that it enriches your cultural life as it has ours and that you enjoy living with the beauty, the passion, and the stories in these wonderful paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Artists

Abbott Handerson Thayer, Adolph von Menzel, Albert Bierstadt, Albert Goodwin, Albert Joseph Moore, Albrecht Durer, Alexandre Antigna, Alexandre Cabanel, Alexej von Jawlensky, Alfred Stevens, Alvar Cawen, Amaldus Nielsen, Amedeo Modigliani, Andrea Mantegna, Angelica Kauffman, Annibale Carracci, Anthony van Dyck, Anton Mauve, Antonio Canaletto, Arkseli Gallen-Kallela, Armand Guillaumin, Arnold Bocklin, Artemisia Gentileschi, Arthur Dove, August Macke, August Strindberg, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Benjamin West, Benozzo Gozzoli, Berthe Morisot, Brothers Le Nain, Camille Pissarro, Carl Rottmann, Carl Spitzweg, Caspar David Friedrich, Charles Le Brun, Charles Willson Peale, Childe Hassam, Clara Peeters, Clara Peters, Claude Monet, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, David Wilkie, Diego Velazquez, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Eastman Johnson, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Edouard Vuillard, Edvard Munch, Edward Burne-Jones, Edward Hicks, Edward Middleton Manigault, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Edwin Henry Landseer, Egon Schiele, El Greco, Emanuel Leutze, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Eugene Boudin, Eugene Delacroix, Eustache Le Sueur, Felix Vallotton, Ferdinand Hodler, Fernand Khnopff, Florine Stettheimer, Follower of Hieronymus Bosch, Francis Picabia, Francisco de Zubaran, Francisco Goya, Francois Boucher, Frans Hals, Frans Hals (Pieter Codde), Franz Marc, Franz Ritter von Stuck, Franz von Lenbach, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Frederic Leighton, Frederick Edwin Church, Geertgen tot Sint Jans, George Bellows, George Benjamin Luks, George Caleb Bingham, George Frederick Watts, George Stubbs, Georges de la Tour, Georges Seurat, Gerard van Honthorst, Giorgione, Giotto, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Giovanni Bellini, Giulio Romano, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Giuseppe De Nittis, Guido Reni, Guilia Lama, Gustav Klimt, Gustave Caillebotte, Gustave Courbet, Gustave Moreau, Hans Baldung Grien, Hans Holbein the Younger, Hans Memling, Hendrick Avercamp, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Rousseau, Henri-Edmond Cross, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Henry Raeburn, Hieronymus Bosch, Honore Daumier, Hovhannes Aivazorsky, Hubert Robert, Hugo van der Goes, Hyacinthe Rigaud, Ilmari Aalto, Ilya Repin, Isaac Israels, Jacob Jordaens, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, James Tissot, Jan Kupecky, Jan Massys, Jan Steen, Jan Toorop, Jan van Eyck, Jaques-Louis David, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, Jean-Francois Millet, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Jean-Louise Theodore Gericault, Jerome Myers, Joachim Patinir, Johannes Vermeer, John Constable, John Everett Millais, John Henry Fuseli, John Henry Twachtman, John Singer Sargent, John Singleton Copley, John William Waterhouse, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Joseph Stella, Joseph Wright of Derby, Juan Gris, Jules Bastien-Lepage, Jules Dupre, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Kazimir Malevich, Lavinia Fontana, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Lazslo Moholy-Nagy, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, Lorenzo Lotto, Lovis Corinth, Luca Signorelli, Maria Blanchard, Maria van Oosterwijck, Marie Denise Villers, Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, Martin Johnson Heade, Mary Cassatt, Masaccio, Max Liebermann, Michelangelo, Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio, Nicolas Poussin, Odilon Redon, Oscar Florianus Bluemner, Paolo Uccello, Paolo Veronese, Parmigianino, Patrick Henry Bruce, Paul Cezanne, Paul Delarouche, Paul Gauguin, Paul Nash, Paul Ranson, Paul Serusier, Paul Signac, Peter Paul Rubens, Philipp Otto Runge, Piero della Francesca, Pierre Bonnard, Pierre Dumont, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Piet Mondrian, Pieter Brueghel, the Elder, Pieter Jansz Saenredam, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino), Richard Dadd, Rik Wouters, Robert Delaunay, Robert Henri, Robert S Duncanson, Roger de la Fresnaye, Rogier van der Weyden, Rosa Bonheur, Samuel Morse, Samuel Palmer, Sandro Botticelli, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Silvestro Lega, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Stefan Lochner, Theo van Rysselberghe, Thomas Cole, Thomas Doughty, Thomas Eakins, Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Jones, Tintoretto, Titian (Tiziano Vecelli), Turner, Umberto Boccioni, van Rijn (Rembrandt), Victor de Grailly, Vincent van Gogh, Vittore Carpaccio, Wassily Kandinsky, Wilhelm Leibl, Wilhelm von Kaulbach, Wilhelm von Kobell, William Glackens, William Harnett, William Hogarth, William McTaggart, William Merritt Chase, William Stanley Haseltine, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Winslow Homer, Worthington Whittredge

 

 
Visit this link to discover the names, artists, time period and more of each of the paintings.
 
 

 

FAQs

 

Are these pictures copyrighted?

The individual paintings are in the public domain. The collection of 500 paintings in the BillionDollarArtGallery is copyrighted as a “collective works” copyright. This includes supporting information and licensed theme music. BillionDollarArtGallery is a registered trademark.

What background information is included on the artist and the time period of the painting?

The file name of each painting includes the name of the painting, the name of the painter, the year it was painted and the museum where you can see the painting. Many TVs will display this information at the touch of a button, which makes it easy to learn more about the paintings. For instance, if you’re looking at “The Fall of Icarus,” tap your TV remote to produce: “Landscape w Fall of Icarus-Pieter Brueghel-1558-Royal Museum Fine Arts Belgium.”

You can also scroll through the paintings on your phone at the free web site, www.billiondollarartgallery.com Finally, if you prefer to hold a guide book, you can order the illustrated color BillionDollarArtGallery Guidebook here: https://www.amazon.com/BillionDollarArtGallery-Guidebook-finest-paintings-history/dp/1542716373 A Kindle version is also available.

Does it work on Sony Bravia TV?

Yes. The Sony Bravia TV manual notes, "USB Auto Start: Enables selection of [Slideshow] or [Thumbnail View] to start photo playback automatically when a USB device is connected. Be sure to turn on the TV before connecting a USB device to the TV." The BillionDollarArtGallery plugs into the USB port and is played by the Bravia's slideshow. Your Sony remote may also enable you to display the file name, which will tell you the name of the painting, the name of the painter, the year it was painted, and the museum where you can view the painting. If your TV cannot display the file name, you can also scroll through the free BillionDollarArtGallery Guide to the Paintings on your phone.

What if i have an older tv model that only has an hdmi port?

If your TV has no USB port, most media players have them. These media players are designed to play any kind of media, and output through an HDMI cable to your TV. You probably already have a USB port on one of your TV devices. You can even attach a laptop to an HDMI to play the BillionDollarArtGallery. Here are some popular TV media players that have USB ports: (1) Roku Ultra https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0779LM75Y, (2) AGPtek HDMI Media Player https://www.amazon.com/Player-AGPtek-Full-HD-Digital-Drives/dp/B00TOAAHG4, and (3) the Android TV box: https://www.amazon.com/GooBang-Android-Bluetooth-Amlogic-Processor/dp/B076KHQKZZ/ref=sr_1_5

How were the pictures selected?

The BillionDollarArtGallery represents 500 of the best paintings of Western civilization. We limited the selection to six paintings from any artist, and did not include paintings that are not in the public domain. We referred to many lists purporting to name the greatest paintings in history, but some personal taste was also involved. Some preference was given to large paintings with detailed images, which are very engaging on large screens.

Will this work on a Mac book air?

Yes. The Macbook Air has two USB ports and slideshow software. Insert the BillionDollarArtGallery into one of the USB ports, then select the images of the paintings from the USB port. Tap Option+Spacebar to launch the paintings into the full-screen slideshow mode. Tap the Spacebar to pause or continue to play the slideshow. Tap the Left Arrow to go back and the Right Arrow to go forward. You can also use the Macbook Air's music software to play one or both of the original pieces of of music on the BillionDollarArtGallery. Set the music player to repeat your selections.

What is the most expensive painting in history? What is the most expensive painting in the gallery selection here?

Original works of art can be valued by actual sale prices or their insured value. One of the best known paintings in the world is cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most valuable in the world -- and also in the BillionDollarArtGallery. In 1962, the Mona Lisa was insured for $100 million; taking inflation into account, da Vinci's Mona Lisa would be worth about $825 million in 2018. Most famous paintings are held in museums, which rarely sell them, so they are considered priceless. The increasing concentration of wealth around the world has helped to drive up competition for paintings by the great masters when, on the rare occasion, they are auctioned. Another painting usually attributed to Leonardo da Vinci currently holds the record for the most expensive sale of a painting in history. On November 15, 2017, Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) sold for $450.3 million by Christie's in New York to Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Farhan on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism, setting a new record for the sale of a painting. Other paintings have -- at times -- been surprisingly cheap. the sensuous "Flaming June" by Frederic Leighton disappeared from view in the early 1900s and was rediscovered only in the 1960s. It was auctioned shortly after, during a time known to be difficult for selling Victorian era paintings, where it failed to sell for its low reserve price of only US$140 (the equivalent of $1,126 in modern prices). After the auction, it was purchased by the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where it currently resides.

Is this available with a collection of Thomas Kinkade's works?

No

I'm looking for the best stocking stuffer for the holidays and I want to know if this will fit in an average size holiday stocking?

Yes: it will easily fit in a stocking. The BillionDollarArtGallery Maple Gift Box is 3.5 inches wide; 2 inches deep, and 1 inch tall. We think it makes a fine stocking stuffer because it's like a little treasure trove. What is this nifty gift box? Inside is a sleek chrome memory stick, and inside that are 500 beautiful and entertaining photos. I say "entertaining" because paintings like "Beware of Luxury" tell the story of what it meant to have too much good fortune even in 1625. In "The Swing" or "The Happy Accidents of the Swing," you can imagine your own story about the older man pushing the swing, the younger man watching from behind the bushes, and the shoe flying into the air. There are the unfortunate "Barge Haulers of the Volga" and, one of my favorites, "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus." You might ask, "Where's Icarus?" A man in the foreground plows, a ship leaves the harbor, and, without the benefit of a large screen, you might miss the two tiny legs protruding from the water. Icarus, that embodiment of ambition, has failed, and life goes on without him, barely noticing his defeat. That story comes to us from 1558!

Is there any music that plays while displaying the art or is it quiet during display?

BillionDollarArtGallery includes two pieces of original music by American composer, Alex Cap, whose scores are featured in films and video games. "Ces't la Vie" (1:31) and "American Made" (3:06) are designed to provide interesting background music to BillionDollarArtGallery's 500 paintings. Please note that NOT ALL TVs allow you play music while viewing a slide show, though we think that slideshow capabilities will continue to improve on newer devices. MORE ABOUT THE COMPOSER: Alex Cap composes for film, video games, other visual media, and the concert stage with a background as a classical pianist. Previous film scores include Silence (2018 short drama, official selection of Festival International du Film Panafricain de Cannes), Capoeira in Our Lives (2017 documentary), and Little Love Bites (2016 short animation, winner of 2017 FICCI BAF Award). Past game scores include City Surgeon (Ludum Dare 41, ranked within the top 7% for audio out of 1,898 games), Boomba Cat (winner of excellence in gameplay award at 2018 Global Game Jam), and Sagittarius (winner of 2014 Dare to be Digital game design competition and nominated for a BAFTA "Ones to Watch" award).

Is this available with a collection of Thomas Kinkade's works?

Sorry, but a collection of Thomas Kinkade's works is not available. Kinkade died in 2012, and his estate seems to license his work mostly for cards, gifts and printed wall art. We would be pleased to discuss this with his representatives.

How can I find out more about each painting? There are a few I really love and want to know more about a particular painting and it's history.

There are three ways to find out about more about each painting. Many televisions (but not all) have the ability to display the file name of the painting at the touch of a button, and the file name includes the name of the painting, the name of the painter, the year it was painted, and the museum where you can see the painting, though a few are in private hands. If you cannot display the file name, you can view the paintings on the free BillionDollarArtGallery web site on your phone: scroll down through the paintings until you find the one you want to learn the same information. Many people become mesmerized the first time they see the BillionDollarArtGallery, and follow along with the paintings on their phone. BillionDollarArtGallery also offers a companion color guide on Amazon with the same information. The BillionDollarArtGalley sometimes highlights interesting stories about paintings on our blog, and, once you know the name of the painting, you will find detailed history, provenance, and analysis of each painting in Wikipedia and elsewhere on the web. Of course, as you become familiar with the paintings, visiting museums becomes even more enjoyable because there is a special energy in seeing the original paintings at, for instance, The Met, The National Gallery, the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay and many more.

Is this available with a collection of Thomas Kinkade's works?

Sorry, but a collection of Thomas Kinkade's works is not available. Kinkade died in 2012, and his estate seems to license his work mostly for cards, gifts and printed wall art. We would be pleased to discuss this with his representatives.

How can I find out more about each painting? There are a few I really love and want to know more about a particular painting and it's history.

There are three ways to find out about more about each painting. Many televisions (but not all) have the ability to display the file name of the painting at the touch of a button, and the file name includes the name of the painting, the name of the painter, the year it was painted, and the museum where you can see the painting, though a few are in private hands. If you cannot display the file name, you can view the paintings on the free BillionDollarArtGallery web site on your phone: scroll down through the paintings until you find the one you want to learn the same information. Many people become mesmerized the first time they see the BillionDollarArtGallery, and follow along with the paintings on their phone. BillionDollarArtGallery also offers a companion color guide on Amazon with the same information. The BillionDollarArtGalley sometimes highlights interesting stories about paintings on our blog, and, once you know the name of the painting, you will find detailed history, provenance, and analysis of each painting in Wikipedia and elsewhere on the web. Of course, as you become familiar with the paintings, visiting museums becomes even more enjoyable because there is a special energy in seeing the original paintings at, for instance, The Met, The National Gallery, the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay and many more.

I just received my product today. Can you please explain how this work?

I’m not a tech person but I just inserted it is my computer and then clicked on the icon.

Can additional art be easily added to the collection preexisting on the device and if so, what is the USB drive's capacity?

Not that I’m aware of but I’ve not tried

Can I delete any pictures or cause any not to show up?

Yes, you can hide photos. I don't know about deleting, but since you can hide them, you probably wouldn't ever want to delete them! You can also tell it to display a single picture if you like that option. Or even multiple pictures at once!

I'm looking for a unique gift for Mom and would like to know if you are able to gift wrap this?

I gave mine as a gift and wrapped it. The “stick” itself is beautiful and is presented in a very nice wooden box.

What is the native resolution of each image? I am sure they look great on a 32 inch monitor - how about on a 100+ inch?

As I write this, a 100 inch TV is about $55,000. 70" models sell for $670 to $1300. We think 50 to 70 inch TVs are the main platforms for the BillionDollarArtGallery both because of the price point and the wall space available in the average home. I spoke with an art lover yesterday who put the BillionDollarArtGallery on his 70" TV, and he was ecstatic about the level of detail in the art. In many paintings, you can see the brush strokes and cracks from aging in the paint. For consistency of display, we had to choose a vertical size for the images, which is 1800 dots; the width varies depending on the aspect ratio of the painting. However, we have larger source images, and, if you have a $55,000 TV, we will be happy to create a special version for you. see less By Glenn P. on January 10, 2019

How can I find out more about each painting? There are a few I really love and want to know more about a particular painting and it's history.

Google.

What is the optimum resolution? how will it look on a 4k UHD television?

The paintings looked beautiful on my Smart TV, but I don’t know the resolution.

Is it possible to choose a group of specific/favorite paintings to display... or to choose just one to display?

You can choose a slideshow or just one.

Can you pause or stop it on any pic you want to keep for a while, like days/weeks, etc.?

Yes. Pause your television's slide show. If you have one, make sure you turn off your automatic screen saver so that you continue to see the painting.

Will it full the whole screen of my 65” flat screen?

Most TVs will fill the full screen with either the maximum height of maximum width of the painting. High resolution screens are now mainly 3840 x 2160. We can also re-flash your BillionDollarArtGallery at no cost with images that are uniformly 3840 x 2160 on a black background.

How long does it take to autoshow the entire 500 pictures?

You can change time between switching.

What is this for?

It plugs into a digital TV and creates a slide show of art masterpieces on the screen. You can also stop it to show just one picture at a time. If you wish, it will give you information about each painting.

Can you please share the background of the product creators who assembled the collection. What inspired you to create this art product?

The creator and his wife assembled and organized and cateloged the collection. The creator is a most accomplished high school friend of mine. He is a real patron of the arts.

Is there a 4k version out yet?

We originally tested on various TVs, and found that 1800 pixels tall worked well on all TVs, whether 4K or 1080P. 1800 pixels is only slightly under the maximum 2160 pixels tall for 4K, which is either 3840 x 2160 pixels or 4096 x 2160 pixels. If you would like a full 4K implementation, we will be glad to update your stick.

I'm looking for a unique gift and would like to know who you think this would be an ideal gift for?

The BillionDollarArtGallery is a unique gift for people who seek interesting or beautiful experiences. It is a great gift for art lovers, a fine gift for history lovers, and even an excellent gift for real estate agents who often use the BillionDollarArtGallery to “stage” homes by turning blank televisions into presentations of beauty and culture. The BillionDollarArtGallery makes an exciting stocking stuffer for young artists, an interesting gift for art teachers, and an intriguing gift for investors who often appreciate fine art. Wealth advisers sometimes give the BillionDollarArtGallery as a holiday gift to all of their clients. The BillionDollarArtGallery is unique because it creates a stunning gift experience and because it delivers perhaps $100 billion of art in one small package. This tiny gift is like giving the gift of the ability to live inside the greatest museum in history – and, since the owner is not merely passing a day in a museum, but has the opportunity to live with the paintings – the BillionDollarArtGallery is also the gift of learning about the paintings and their individual stories.

 

 
 
 
 
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