Can You Name the Artist if We Give You Three of Their Works?


By: Mark Lichtenstein

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

People have been painting since the beginning of time. Ancient cave art depicts all sorts of images, from hand prints to human shapes to animals. While the names of those artists, are lost, we have better records from more recent centuries. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo dominated the late 1400s and early 1500s. Rembrandt appeared in the 1600s, while the following century would introduce names like Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Edgar Degas. While these painters are well-known in the art world, their actual work might be more easily recognizable. 

Who could forget the image of Mona Lisa or The Last Supper? Waterlilies is so iconic that it has been reproduced on everything from prints to mugs to bedspreads, while the classics such as The Starry Night ,Girl with a Pearl Earring, and American Gothic captivate millions. Meanwhile fabulous murals decorate the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel.

When given these paintings, could you name the artist? What about if we make it easier with three? From the early paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the more recent abstracts of Jackson Pollock, could you name the artist if given three of their works? Let's find out if you can paint your way to a perfect score!

The Fifer, The Railway, The Dead Toreador

Often confused by lay people for Claude Monet, Édouard Manet is a famous French impressionist painter of the same age.


The Last Supper, The Annunciation, The Vitruvian Man

Da Vinci was the creator of these famous paintings, as well as many others, few of which survive today.


Arnolfini Portrait, Ghent Altarpiece, Crucifixion and Last Judgement diptych

Many joke that Van Eyck's painting, The Arnolfini Portrait is of Vladimir Putin and his wife.


The Descent from the Cross, Samson and Delilah, The Three Graces

Ruebens is perhaps best known for his work in Spain, and his tendency to rely on his assistants for most of the work on his paintings.


Fools Mask III, The Heirophant, Blood Madonna

Andres Serrano is an American artist whose work often deals with viscerally uncomfortable subjects, including religion, and the torture of terrorism suspects.


Ignorance=Fear, Unfinished Painting, Crack is Wack

Haring's paintings are unmistakably his. Sometimes when cleaning crews work in the subway tunnels in New York, they end up destroying millions of dollars without realizing it, by cleaning his paintings from the walls.


Big Self-Portrait, Alex (color), Kate Moss

Known for his photo-realism, Chuck Close is one of the most stylish American artists alive today.


Self-Portrait with Eyes Closed, Man Bitten by a Snake, The Dentures

Odd Nerdrum is a peculiar contemporary artist whose work combines the work of Rembrandt and Caravaggio.


One Ton Prop, Shift, Pittsburgh

Richard Serra is known for his minimalist forms, assembling large art objects, usually as installations.


Portrait of Madame Cézanne with Loosened Hair, The Basket of Apples, Bathers

Paul Cézanne was one of the great impressionists.


Bust of Henry VII, Sculpture of Saint Jerome, Mater Dolorosa

Pietro Torrigiano was a sculptor who worked alongside Michelangelo as a young man, and after taking a series of insults from the future Renaissance master, Pietro punched Michelangelo in the nose, breaking it. Of the incident, he later wrote: "...and so Michelangelo would wear my signature for the rest of his life."


The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Last Judgement, Death of The Miser

Hieronymus Bosch was a Germanic Renaissance artist famous for depicting the suffering of those in Hell in colorful and imaginative ways.


The Adoration of The Child, Madonna of The Basket, Madonna of St. Jerome

The foremost member of the Parma school, Antonio da Correggio was one of the foremost painters of the 16th c.


Madonna and Child, Annunciation, Barbadori Altarpiece

Fra Filippo Lippi took holy vows when he was young, and did all of his work for the Catholic Church.


Map of China, Disturbing the Peace, Snake Ceiling

Ai Weiwei got his start in New York, doing caricatures on the street for tourists. Now his artworks go for millions of dollars. Many of his early works live in private collections without the owners knowing what they are.


Untitled Series, Purple Air 2014, Revolutionary Family Series: Elder Brother

Liu Wei is a Chinese artist who works in a host of different media, and whose work was characterized by the Saatchi Gallery as "a sentiment of excess, corruption, and aggression reflective of cultural anxiety."


Gathering In Mountains, Electric Power Lines, Drunken Monk

Fu Baoshi went to art school in Japan, learning techniques he put to work creating very traditional looking works on non-traditional subjects.


Crying Girl, Brushstroke, Woman With Flowered Hat

Roy Lichtenstein is one of the most iconic pop artists in world history, turning the printing style of comic books into high art.


Self Portrait With A Monkey, The Wounded Deer, The Broken Column

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were the art power couple of their time, and while Rivera got more large commissions, it is Frida Kahlo who is best remembered.


Twittering Machine, Fish Magic, Castle and Sun

Paul Klee (pronounced like "clay") was a member of the expressionist, cubist, and surrealist movements.


Mademoiselle Pogany, Sleeping Muse, Bird in Space

Constantin Brâncuși's work was so groundbreaking, many didn't consider it art. When Bird in Space was brought to the United States, the government tried to tax it as raw materials rather than art.


Ingres's Violin, Glass Tears, Self-Portrait with Gun

A major force in the French Dada and Surrealist movements, Man Ray was an American ex-pat and one of the artists to turn photography from the job of a technician to the job of an artist.


Fruit Dish and Glass, Woman with a Guitar, Glass on a Table

Fauvism, cubism, Georges Braque could even paint your house, as he trained as a house painter before becoming a fine artist.


Wanderer, Apollo of The Belvedere, The British Library

British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare is Member of the British Empire (MBE) and the creator of an installation in New York called Colonial Arrangements, which featured a high tech spin on a Victorian ghost illusion.


Lovers At The Movies, Bowery Savings Bank, Transvestite in Paddy Wagon

Weegee was given his nickname for his ability to turn up at a crime scene before the police, thanks to his early adoption of the police scanner. Originally known for his crime scene work, he later became the first paparazzo.


The Greeting, Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat), Ascension

Bill Viola was one of the pioneers in the world of video art and remains one of its major exponents.


Bacchus, The Calling of St. Matthew, Cardsharps

Caravaggio created paintings emphasizing small moments, often in spotlight.


Riding With Death, Dustheads, Charles The First

When one of his paintings sold for $110.5 Million, Basquiat became the most expensive American artist in history.


Calvary Triptych, Trinity Altarpiece, A Benedictine Monk

Hugo van der Goes was a hugely influential 15th c. painter, whose work focused mainly on altarpieces.


Beast, Playing With Fire, The Witching Hole

This relatively young digital artist is from the city of Bratsk, Irkutsk, Russia, where he still lives and works.


Dark Matter, Adobe Boost Your Flow, Cinderella

This artist who was raised in Sardinia, Italy, works with photography and computers in his studio in Bristol, UK. His art has been shown in galleries and featured in advertising campaigns.


The Blessed (modern saints), Lost in Wonderland, Alice Alice

Natalie Shau is a mixed media artist based in Vilnius, Lithuania. She creates art for herself and for a variety of brands.


La Llorona, Official Collaboration With 20th Century Fox For "X-Men", ITV Encore Campaign

Richard Davies is a graphic designer who does most of his work with brands. Inspired by old-timey movie posters, Davies's art is highly commercial.


Cut and Shut, TOKYO, Auto Aerobics

Christ LaBrooy is from Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied 3D design for industrial work, but soon realized its potential as an artistic medium, creating his artwork and taking assignments from brands the likes of Nike.


Patroclus, Portrait of George Washington, Canal Scene

Ken Perenyi is the most famous art forger you've never heard of, having spent decades creating new paintings in the style of existing artists. Now free of the charges, he paints new works in old styles, and commissions, so if you want a Rembrandt painting of yourself, you can turn to him.


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