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There are at least 20 paintings called "Checkmate."  The first known painting depicting a chess game is kept at the Cappella Palatina in Palermo, Sicily.  It is dated before 1200.  It shows two Arabs seated on the ground with a chessboard between them.   The Chess Players, painted in 1490, was the first known painting with a chess theme.  The painting resides in the Metropolitan Museum of New York.  Until 1948, the painting was attributed to Francesco di Giorgio (1439-1501).  Since that time the painter is thought to have been Girolamo da Cremona  or Liberale da Verona.

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