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If You Do Better Than 10/14 On This Quiz, You're Probably An Art Historian

How well do you know works of art that are allegedly known by everyone?

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  1. 1. Which of these works of art was not created by Leonardo da Vinci?

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    The Creation of Adam

    The most famous fresco in the Sistine Chapel is a creation of Michelangelo Buonarroti.

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  2. 2. What is the name of this painting by Edvard Munch?

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    The Scream
    The Moan
    Red Sky
    Dementors
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    The Scream

    Edvard Munch got the inspiration for this painting while taking a walk with friends. In the middle of the walk he felt exhausted and stopped to take a breath and he saw the red sky of the twilight as "tongues of blood and fire", as if nature was shouting at him.

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  3. 3. Who painted The Starry Night?

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    Paul Gauguin
    Vincent van Gogh
    Amedeo Modigliani
    Marc Chagall
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    Vincent van Gogh

    Even though it is probably his most famous work, van Gogh always considered it a failure. The painting is a study of the starry sky that he could see from his room in the Saint Paul mental hospital.

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  4. 4. Who are these two gentlemen arguing in the middle of The School of Athens?

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    Raphael and Michelangelo
    Plato and Socrates
    Aristotle and Plato
    Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci
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    Aristotle and Plato

    Raphael didn't leave a single stroke to chance on this fresco. If you have a few minutes, you must look at it in detail. Aristotle points to the floor while he holds a copy of his book on ethics. Plato points to the sky, apparently defending the superiority of ideas. Around them, it is believed that several Greek philosophers argue with scientists from Raphael's time.

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  5. 5. Which artistic movement did Salvador Dalí belong to?

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    Surrealism
    Impressionism
    Expressionism
    Cubism
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    Surrealism

    The goal of surrealism as an artistic movement is to liberate the creative power of the unconscious mind, which is capable of associating images and elements in an irrational manner.

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  6. 6. And Pablo Picasso?

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    Surrealism
    Expressionism
    Impressionism
    Cubism
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    Cubism

    This avant-garde movement abandoned the traditional representation of objects, exploring them instead from several points of view simultaneously by using simple geometric shapes.

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  7. 7. Who created this painting?

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    Max Ernst
    Marcel Duchamp
    René Magritte
    Joan Miró
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    René Magritte

    The reason this painting says "this is not a pipe" is because it is not; it is merely the representation of a pipe.

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  8. 8. Which of these paintings was created by Johannes Vermeer?

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    The Lacemaker

    The goal of Johannes Vermeer's work was to use art to portray common people. His portraits give value to those forgotten by society, such as this lacemaker, who works arduously on beautiful creations without receiving any acknowledgment from those who are wealthy enough to wear her work.

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  9. 9. What is the name of this painting by Diego Rivera?

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    Old Mexico Against New Mexico
    Mexican history Between Corpses and Generals
    Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central
    Pan-American Union
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    Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central

    This is one of those murals that must be admired for a long time and with close attention to the details. Between the crowd you can see several figures from Mexican history, and Diego Rivera in in the middle, accompanied by death and Frida Kahlo.

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  10. 10. Who does this intense self-portrait belong to?

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    José Clemente Orozco
    Gunther Gerzso
    Fermín Revueltas
    David Alfaro Siqueiros
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    David Alfaro Siqueiros

    Siqueiros was equal parts revolutionary and painter. In the early '30s he was imprisoned for his activities in the Communist Party. In 1938 he fought against Franco in the Spanish Civil War and in 1940 he had to escape to Mexico after participating in an attempt to assassinate Trotsky in Frida Kahlo's house.

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  11. 11. Where is this landscape by José María Velasco located?

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    The Valley of Mexico
    Morelia, Michoacán
    Guadalajara, Jalisco
    Hermosillo, Sonora
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    The Valley of Mexico

    It was painted on the Santa Isabel mountain range. On the horizon you can see the Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl mountains.

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  12. 12. Was this painting done by Remedios Varo or Leonora Carrington?

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    Remedios Varo
    Leonora Carrington
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    Remedios Varo

    The painting is called Creation of the Birds and it is one of the most recognizable works of Mexican surrealism.

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  13. 13. Which of the following is not a painting by Gustav Klimt?

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    Portrait of Beatrice Hastings

    This is a work of Amedeo Modigliani. It can be identified by two characteristic traits of his style: a very long neck and eyes without pupils.

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  14. 14. Who created this work of art?

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    Roy Lichtenstein
    Andy Warhol
    Robert Rauschenberg
    Jean-Michel Basquiat
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    Andy Warhol

    It is not "only a can of soup". By removing it from its original context and inserting it into a painting, Warhol forces us to pay attention to the beauty contained in the design of a mass-produced brand icon.

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  15. 15. Extra credit: What is the name of this painting by Jackson Pollock?

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    Number 32
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    Number 5
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    No. 5

    This one was tough. That's why it was extra credit.

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If You Do Better Than 10/14 On This Quiz, You're Probably An Art Historian

The bad news is you know almost nothing about art.

The good news is that you learned a lot of great artists today whose work you can now go explore. Art history is like world history, but much prettier and with fewer wars.

The bad news is you know almost nothing about art.
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Barely aware of art.

You know quite a bit, but you've got more to learn. The good news is that it's never too late to get into art. You can start with the artists recommend in this quiz.

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A real art lover.

Congratulations, you did it very well. Even Salvador Dalí is excited by how well you did on the quiz.

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A true art scholar.

Congratulations! You have an unrivaled knowledge of art history. (I mean, other than art historians and museum curators, probably.)

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