Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910), West Point, Prout’s Neck, 1900. Oil on canvas, 30 1/16 x 48 1/8 in. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.7
Mike Agee—Clark Art Institute/Seattle Art Museum
Updated: January 31, 2015 10:37 AM ET | Originally published: January 30, 2015 4:59 PM EST

This goes way beyond your office Super Bowl pool.

A pair of upper-crust art museums have made themselves a little painting wager over Sunday’s game: If Russell Wilson and his Seahawks win, then the Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, Mass., will have to fork over West Point, Prout’s Neck by Winslow Homer to the Seattle Art Museum for three months. Should Tom Brady and the New England Patriots come out on top, then Clark gets its hands on SAM’s Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast by Albert Bierstadt.

Albert Bierstadt (German, 1830–1902), Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast, 1870. Oil on canvas, 52 1/2 x 82 in. Seattle Art Museum, Gift of the Friends of American Art at the Seattle Art Museum, with additional funds from the General Acquisition Fund, 2000.70
Howard Gisk—Clark Art Institute

SAM Director Kim Rorschach told Artnews she wasn’t worried about Seattle’s odds.

“Look what happened in the championship game, how we pulled that out,” she said. “I’m totally confident that the Seahawks will prevail, no question in my mind.”

Correction: The original story incorrectly stated the owner of two artworks. The Clark Art Institute owns West Point, Prout’s Neck. The Seattle Art Museum owns Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast.


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