Gameplay in Brief:
Based on the board game Modern Art (one of my picks for the best auction games), this is an excellent, quick-playing card game -- which is not at all about auctions. Players compete to collect the most valuable works by five classic artists: Degas, Money, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Vermeer.
On each turn, you play a card representing a painting from one of the artists, which increases the value of that artist's work. Some cards also have special powers, which can twist the game in unexpected directions. After four rounds, the player with the most money wins.
For 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up. About 30 minutes per game.
Masters Gallery was published by Gryphon Games in 2009. It was also published in Germany under the name Modern Art: The Card Game.
Masters Gallery is a set-collection card game. It is also the ninth game in the Gryphon Games Bookshelf Series, which also includes Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age, Incan Gold, Money, and For Sale.
Also by Reiner Knizia:
Reiner Knizia is one of the most prolific game designers of all-time. His other creations include The Lord of the Rings, Lost Cities, Tigris and Euphrates, Through the Desert and Ra.