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Paintings in the series are copies of renowned paintings in the real world, such as Da Vinci's Mona Lisa or Klimt's The Kiss. They do not share the same name.
Paintings are decorative items that, like sculptures, may be donated to the museum by talking to the curator, Blathers, who will authenticate them before accepting them. All paintings will be accepted unless they are already on display, or are forged. Accepted paintings are added to the gallery in the museum with a corresponding title and name of the Player who donated it.
Forged paintings are not displayed, in keeping with the museum's wish for high-quality exhibits, and are handed back to the player. Paintings may also be placed in player's house, upon which they are placed on an easel or on the wall, as of New Leaf.
Forged Paintings can be sold for 10 bells. In Wild World, players may exchange a forged painting for 100 Bells upon signing up for a certain kind of insurance. In New Leaf, forged paintings cannot be sold and will instead have to be disposed of at Re-Tail at the cost of 100 Bells or thrown away in a garbage can.
Paintings can be obtained from a variety of different ways throughout the series. In all of the games, the best possible way to obtain them is through Crazy Redd's or through Tom Nook's store or the Nookling stores.
In Animal Crossing
In Animal Crossing, the player can only obtain paintings by going to Crazy Redd's, a black market operated by Redd containing forged and authentic paintings, or Tom Nook's store, which always stocks authentic paintings.
There are 15 paintings in total.
|Item Name||Buy Price||Available From|
|Famous painting|| 3,920|
| Crazy Redd's|
Tom Nook's store
|Basic painting||3,920||Crazy Redd's|
|Moving painting||3,920||Crazy Redd's|
|Flowery painting||3,920||Crazy Redd's|
|Common painting|| 3,920|
| Crazy Redd's|
Tom Nook's store
|Quaint painting||3,920||Crazy Redd's|
|Dainty painting||3,920||Crazy Redd's|
|Amazing painting||3,920||Crazy Redd's|
|Strange painting||1,960||Tom Nook's store|
|Rare painting||1,960||Tom Nook's store|
|Scary painting||1,960||Tom Nook's store|
|Perfect painting||1,960||Tom Nook's store|
|Fine painting||1,960||Tom Nook's store|
|Worthy painting||1,960||Tom Nook's store|
|Classic painting||1,960||Tom Nook's store|
In Wild World
In Wild World, there are 20 paintings in total. In the game, insurance was introduced and available by talking to Lyle. When the player is sold a forgery (and authenticated by Blathers), the player can talk to Lyle the following week and exchange it for 100 bells instead of 10 bells at Tom Nook's store.
In City Folk
There are 22 paintings available in City Folk. Insurance was omitted from the game.
|Item Name||Buy Price||Sell Price||Available From||Style|
|Amazing painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Basic painting||1,960||490||Spotlight item||Retro/Dignified|
|Calm painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Common painting||1,960||490||Spotlight item||Retro/Dignified|
|Dynamic painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Famous painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Fine painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Flowery painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Jolly painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Moody painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Moving painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Nice painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Perfect painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Proper painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Quaint painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Scary painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Scenic painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Serene painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Solemn painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Warm painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Wistful painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
|Worthy painting||3,920||490||Crazy Redd's||Retro/Dignified|
In New Leaf
In New Leaf, 25 paintings can be obtained. In the game, the ability to identify fakes before sale was added, with forged paintings showing distinct differences from their authentic versions.
In New Horizons
|Item Name||Buy Price||Sell Price||Available From|
|Academic painting||4,980||To Be Added||Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler|
|Dynamic painting||4.980||To Be Added||Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler|
|Glowing painting||4,980||To Be Added||Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler|
|Twinkling painting||4,980||To Be Added||Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler|
|Moving painting||4,980||To Be Added||Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler|
|Scary painting||4,980||To Be Added||Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler|
|Amazing painting||4,980||To Be Added|
|Graceful painting||4,980||To Be Added||Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler|
|Perfect painting||4,980||1,245||Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler|
- If a painting is authentic but already on display in the museum, Blathers will wonder how there are two authentic paintings.
- It is possible to use Crazy Redd's forged paintings to obtain the real painting. Buy the painting and drop it on the floor outside Redd's stall. After this, the player can buy it from the catalog at Tom Nook's store unless it is brought to Blathers or Tom Nook (Note: Does not work in New Leaf'New Leaf).
- If a villager mentions having bought a fake painting, it means that the painting currently in stock at Crazy Redd's is a fake.
- Paintings were not originally in New Horizons, only being added as a part of the April 23rd update.