|Importance||One of four items needed to obtain a Perfect Game|
|Leyland Trask's reading||"A painting! The artist's clearly no master... Take it away! It makes me uncomfortable!"|
The Painting is an important object in Titanic: Adventure Out of Time and is one of the four key items needed in order to achieve the best ending. The canvas itself is a street scene watercolor of a grand manor house in Austria, painted by a young Adolf Hitler. The painting is titled The Courtyard Of The Old Residency In Munich.
The painting is being shipped on board the Titanic to be exchanged for the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Sasha Barbicon and Colonel Zeitel. The Colonel wants the painting desperately for its true value - the rear of the painting contains secret plans detailing British troop deployments and positions in northern France and the Low Countries. Such information would give the Germans a vital advantage should war break out.
Unknown to Zeitel, his traveling companion Willi von Haderlitz is also in pursuit of the painting, but not to aid the German cause.
How To ObtainEdit
During Frank Carlson's efforts to claim the Rubaiyat, he learns that the stolen book is one half of a trade between Zeitel and Sasha, the other half being the painting. After either getting or failing to get the Rubaiyat and speaking with Penny Pringle, she suspects that Zeitel's true objective is the painting itself, though the reasons as to why are not initially clear. Penny assumes that the painting that is being housed in the ship's Cargo Hold and that Carlson must visit the Purser's Office to look at the cargo manifest to confirm it.
When Carlson meets with the Purser, he will be muttering the name "Thayer" under his breath. If Carlson questions him on this, the Purser claims that he needs to send a telegram on behalf of a Mr. Thayer, but is unable to leave his post to do so. Carlson offers to send it for him and must enter the Wireless Room in order to send the message. Depending on actions earlier in the game, Carlson may need to speak with Officer Morrow to gain entry. Following the instructions in the Wireless Room will let Carlson send the message, though what the player actually types does not have to match the telegram itself.
Returning to the Purser's Office to inform that the telegram has been sent, the Purser leaves his post to deliver the news. The cargo manifest can then be examined and the painting is shown to be being shipped under Lemke & Buechner Shipping and shows Barbicon Galleries as the owner.
When the Purser returns to his post, Carlson says he needs to get into the hold, but the Purser tells him to go away as he is trying to find a missing cufflink for Isidor Straus. Again, Carlson offers to locate it for him. Talking to Max Seidelmann in the First Class Reception will reveal that the Strauses were sitting at the foot of the stairs. Examining the chair on the left will find the cufflink. When Carlson returns the cufflink, the Purser leaves again to inform the Strauses. With the window left open, Carlson can take the set of car keys, allowing him into the hold.
Travelling to the Cargo Hold beneath the Forecastle Deck, a crew member sees the keys and mistakes Carlson for the owner of the car. Carlson must find the correct holding area, which can be found by moving forward 3 times from the entrance and then using the door on the right. Once inside, the car's headlights must be turned on in order to illuminate the crate containing the painting, allowing Carlson to retrieve it.
Unlike the other objects that must be obtained in the game, the painting is the only one that has an actual time limit placed on its acquisition. The player has 10 minutes to complete all of the above tasks in order for the painting to be in the crate, a timer which starts after Penny has told Carson to look at the cargo manifest. If the player exceeds this time limit, Carlson will find that the painting has already been ripped out of its frame because someone has got there before him.
If the painting is missing, it can be obtained again later in the game during the ship's sinking - Jack Hacker was given the painting by Willi and he will give it to Carlson if he rescues Shailagh's baby from Beatrix Conkling. This can be done by exchanging Conkling's letter with Beatrix for the baby. Returning Shailagh's baby is only necessary to the mission if Carlson failed to retrieve the painting from the cargo hold earlier in the game.
The painting may be traded with Zeitel later on as well in exchange for the Antidote to save Georgia. Carlson can get it back from Zeitel by exchanging the Boat Pass for it. However, saving Georgia is not necessary for the mission to be completed.
- If the painting was recovered:
"As for the painting, it left with me. The plans proved useless. In the month following the sinking, the War Office scrapped the proposed deployments in a cost cutting measure. But the canvas? As the only artifact saved from the Titanic, the painting became famous. Along with its creator, a rather excitable Austrian named Adolf Hitler, who makes a lucrative career to this day peddling overpriced alpine vistas to the carriage trade."
- If the painting was not recovered:
"Though Zeitel took the painting, its plans proved useless to the Germans. In the month following the sinking, the War Office scrapped the proposed deployments in a cost-cutting measure. They were soon forgotten in a dusty Whitehall file."
- The painting itself is an anachronism as it was not actually painted by Hitler until 1914 — two years after the Titanic's sinking.
|Objects on the RMS Titanic|
|Main Objects||Lambeth Diamonds | Notebook | Painting | Rubaiyat|
|Others||Antidote | Barbicon's Safe | Binoculars | Boat Pass | Car Keys | Cargo Manifest | Carlson's Trunk | Conkling's Letter | Cryptograph | Cufflink | Electric Camel | Gas Pen | Gramophone | Map | Package | Photographs | Prayer Card | Punching Bag | Satchel | Ring | Shawl | Secret Report | Steamer Trunk Key | Telegrams | Water Gauge | Zeitel's Bomb|