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The Art Prop Detail That Makes No Sense To Fans Of The Handmaid's Tale

Each new season of "The Handmaid's Tale" brings drama and plot twists galore, and the upcoming season will be no different. Based on the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, "The Handmaid's Tale" is set in a dystopia following the events of a second Civil War in the U.S. In the new totalitarian society, fertile women called Handmaids are enslaved and forced to bear children for upper-class males. The show follows the life of Handmaid June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss), whose name in the show changes after she's enslaved by Commander Fred Waterford and then Commander Joseph Lawrence (she goes from Offred to Ofjoseph).

Since "The Handmaid's Tale" is set in a dystopia, there are tons of references to the unstable state of the country. There are also some less obvious touches, such as the stolen art in different homes of the ruling class. Sharp-eyed fans have fun pointing out the Easter eggs online, and some have even noted that they foreshadow upcoming events in the show (via Reddit). However, one fan pointed out a questionable piece of art that doesn't quite make as much sense as the others.

A technical mistake in The Handmaid's Tale

In a recent Reddit thread, user Ohsin compiled a list of all the famous artwork they could identify throughout the entirety of "The Handmaid's Tale." From pieces by Renoir, Monet, and O'Keeffe, there are tons of notable works scattered across different homes in Gilead. While other Redditors fawned over the dedication to compile such a list, some other commenters took it upon themselves to look a little deeper at the art in question, which led to the discovery of one detail that the props department seemingly overlooked.

Reddit user Vintage_Violet_ responded to the thread with a new revelation, stating that they found a possible oversight in the art included in the show. "I've spied a lot of those on the show but not all," they wrote. "I noticed the Vermeer in an episode and looked it up and it's in a museum in Amsterdam. Left me wondering how he'd even have it as I'm sure they only looted American museums, lol. But then I guess I shouldn't think too hard about it, it's a tv show. ;) "

While this particular critic wasn't too hard on the producers, they do have a point. How did a Dutch artist's painting that's currently housed in Amsterdam supposedly end up in the post-apocalyptic land of Gilead? It's a question that has us stumped, but who knows — maybe we'll get some answers in Season 4 of "The Handmaid's Tale."