- A virtual Easter egg is an intentional hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, or video game. The term draws a parallel with the custom of the Easter egg hunt.
This article catalogues Easter eggs and pop culture references in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. For easier viewing, this page has been broken up into sub-pages based on the topic.
Anthony van Dyck
- In the Hearts of Stone expansion at the auction house during Open Sesame, a painting called "The Spice Merchant" was done by a E. van der Knoob, referencing Dyck and his painting, Cornelis van der Geest.
- The painting of Ciri as a young princess bears resemblance to the many paintings that Diego Velasquez made of children at the court of Spain's King Philip IV.
- In Blood and Wine expansion, during the quest A Portrait of the Witcher as an Old Man, you met a few people relaxing on the grass, resembling Manet's painting, Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe.
Han van Meegeren
- In the Hearts of Stone expansion during Open Sesame!, a list of objects in need of restoration can be found that's signed by Han van Meegeren, who was a Dutch painter and art forger.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
- During the quest Cabaret, a halfling named Henri Rautlec is introduced. He's a reference to the French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who was also very small in stature and famous for his advertising posters.
Jacopo de' Barbari
- In the Hearts of Stone expansion at the auction house during Open Sesame, a painting called "Still Life" was done by a J. de Varvari, referencing Barbari.
Jan van Eyck
- During the quest Family Matters, a portrait must be removed from the wall that is of the baron and his wife. It bears a striking resemblance to Eyck's Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife.
- During the quest Open Sesame! the painting titled 'The Spice Merchant' by 'Van der Knoob' is sold. The painting a reference to the Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer.
Leonardo da Vinci
- At Mont Crane Castle, you can see several anatomical drawings by Leonardo da Vinci hanging on the wall.
- In the Hearts of Stone expansion at the auction house during Open Sesame, a painting called "The Battle of Anghiari" was done by a V. da Linci.
- In Beauclair one can see a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci depicting a bearded old man.
- If Keira Metz went to Radovid, her body can be recovered during A Final Kindness. After taking it down from a stake, Triss will sit for a moment with her dead friend's body in a similar position to Michangelo's famous sculpture, Pietà.
- In the Hearts of Stone expansion at the auction house during Open Sesame, a painting called "Et in Kovir Ego" was done by a N. Boussin, a reference to Poussin's Et in Arcadia ego.
Pieter Brueghel the Elder
- Brewess, one of the three Crones, is wearing a basket on her face, similar to the people in The Beekeepers and the Birdnester by Brueghel.
- In the Blood and Wine expansion, during the quest Till Death Do You Part, while looking for the grave of Margot de Corentin's mother one may examine an epitaph that reads: "Here lies Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María...". This is a reference to Pablo Picasso 's abnormally long full name.
- If Sarah and Johnny meet, the special cutscene of them shows Johnny closely resembling Mueck's sculpture, Boy.
- In Hearts of Stone expansion, when Geralt first meets Olgierd von Everec, the latter is looking at a statue and states "I used to like Votticelli", a reference to Botticelli.
Vincent van Gogh
- In the Hearts of Stone expansion, during Open Sesame's auction, a painting called "Starry Night over the Pontar" by van Rogh is being sold, a reference to van Gogh's painting Starry Night Over the Rhone.
- In the Hearts of Stone expansion at the auction house during Open Sesame, a painting called "A Vessel Leaving Port" was done by a Z. Burner, referencing Turner and his many ship and harbor paintings.
- Throughout Toussaint, one can find drawings, like in Regis' hideout, that belong to the mysterious codex called Voynich manuscript.
- When Geralt and Anna Henrietta attend a soirée during the quest The Man from Cintra, you have the option to throw paint at a canvas, similar like some proponents of an art movement called action painting.
- There is a fresco in Beauclair that resembled the Danse Macabre style painting on the oratory of San Bernardino in Clusone, Italy.
- A tapestry in the Kaer Trolde throne room depicts warriors battling the Ice Giant and reference the Bayeux Tapestry, which shows William the Conqueror's successful battles for control over England.
- The statues in Vizima's palace with decapitated heads in their hands are imitations of a statue of Saint Denis at Notre Dame.