Visual Crosswords

June 2020 | By Artists in Residence at Google Arts & Culture Lab: Emil Wallner, Jonathan Blanchet

Discover more art through unexpected pairings

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As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. So we riffed on the idea of a crossword puzzle to create Visual Crosswords, which you solve with images instead of letters. Figure out where each artwork fits in the grid: Is it Renaissance or Modern? Is it Van Gogh or Gaugin—or both? Drag each one to the correct box and progress through levels of difficulty.

The idea came from the observation of the richness and diversity of the Google Arts & Culture visual assets. Why not then reinterpret the traditional textual crosswords and play with images instead of words? This is the initial direction which led the creative coder’s team, Emil Wallner and Jonathan Blanchet, to experiment with visuals and a crossword grid.

Around 100 artworks of the Google Arts & Culture collection have been used to create the first set of visual crosswords and nine difficulty levels are available.  

Visual Crosswords is available on Google Arts & Culture app and website. Ready for more? Let's play! .