In the Dark Ages expansion of Dominion there are several cards that feature artwork with run-down versions of the artwork on previously released cards. Examples are "Pillage" - featuring "Village," "Ruined Library" - featuring "Library", and "Ruined Village" - featuring the promo card, "Walled Village."

What other cards in the Dominion world feature artwork with various versions of the same object?

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The vast majority of the cards feature unique artwork, which is great. However, there are some cards that indeed include other cards' artwork, like:

  1. Scrying Pool (from Dominion: Alchemy) depicts the artwork from Village. Just turn the card upside-down to see the reflection in the pool.
  2. Minion (from Dominion: Intrigue) displays a portrait of a Minion. Self-reference.
  3. If you put Island, Pirate Ship and Native Village (from Dominion: Seaside) next to each other, in this order, you shall notice that their artworks make up a greater panorama.
  4. On the same token, most Split Piles from Dominion: Empires and the Sauna/Avanto promos feature continuous artwork.
  5. Likewise, the two traveler lines, Page and Peasant (from Dominion: Adventures), illustrate the same person in evolving stages of their lives. (added by @Gendolkari)
  6. Candlestick Maker (from Dominion: Guilds) is crafting the candle depicted on Masterpiece, from the same expansion.
  7. As mentioned, Pillage (from Dominion: Dark Ages) depicts a Village under attack.
  8. As mentioned, most Ruins depict destroyed versions of other cards: Ruined Village/Mine/Library/Market depict Village/Mine/Library/Grand Market respectively.
  9. Overgrown Estate (Shelter from Dominion: Dark Ages) lives up to its name by depicting an abandoned version of the Estate artwork, as illustrated in the second version of the base game and in Dominion: Base Cards. (added by @Ned Strong)

Cards that pay homage to other games:

  1. City (from Dominion: Prosperity) displays the box art from the game Carcassonne: The City.
  2. Governor (Promo) displays the Governor role art from Puerto Rico: Limited Anniversary Edition. Its card symbol, a ship, is the same ship from the box art.
  3. The Walled Village (Promo) card's symbol is a meeple from Carcassonne. The card itself supposedly depicts Carcassonne, as well.
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    Great answer! For completeness, each Traveller line from Adventures includes 5 cards with all pictures of the same person at different life stages.
    – GendoIkari
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 21:00
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    Thank you both for the feedback. I will add these too with proper credit.
    – Adama
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 23:56
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    The Madman is an upgraded version of the Hermit, and the Mercenary is an upgraded version of the Urchin (the small boy on the Urchin card). Another possibility is that if you look near the back of Bandit Camp from Dominion: Dark Ages, you'll see a dark hooded bandit wielding a knife with a sword resting nearby. The new Bandit card from Dominion: Second Edition features a very similar bandit, wielding a knife and a sword.
    – Ned Strong
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 18:35
  • The Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker from Guilds make a clever set. Not the same artwork on separate cards, but very intentionally connected via nursery rhyme.
    – Ned Strong
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 20:53

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