The Ultimate Art History Quiz!


By: Gavin Thagard

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Are you an Art history expert? Take this quiz and find out how much you really know about the history of Art!

Who painted The Last Supper?

Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper in the Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. The painting depicts Jesus and his disciples during the Last Supper from the Bible.


Who is considered one of the founders of Cubism?

Painters who embraced Cubism rejected the notion that artwork should reflect nature and aimed for more abstract pieces.


Where was Georgia O'Keeffe born?

Georgia O'Keeffe was influential in bringing about American Modernism.


How did Vincent van Gogh die?

For Vincent van Gogh, the success sadly did not come until after his suicide at the age of thirty-seven.


Who painted Madonna Enthroned?

Giotto is considered the originator of Western pictorial art and is one of the artist credited with the start of the Renaissance.


Who did Claus Sluter work under?

Claus Sluter produced the Well of Moses, a fountain built in the Carthusian monastery, for the Duke of Burgundy.


What is Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons?

The engraving depicts the temptations that Saint Anthony of Egypt is said to have faced during a pilgrimage through the desert.


What did Donatello's Saint Mark reintoduce to sculptors during the Renaissance?

Saint Mark by Donatello was one of the first sculptures from the Renaissance to demonstrate how the body shifts while standing, which was a concept the Greek sculptures of the fifth century BCE understood.


Who commissioned the equestrian statue, Bartolommeo Colleoni?

Hoping a portrait of himself would gain fame, Bartolommeo Colleoni left funds in his will for an equestrian statue to be created in his honor.


What book in the Bible is Masaccio's Tribute Money based on?

Tribute Money reflects the story from the Bible when Saint Peter pulls a tribute coin from the mouth of a fish.


What did John Everett Millais' Ophelia depict?

In the painting, Millais depicts the drowning of Ophelia which occurred in Shakespeare's Hamlet.


What is the process of painting without conscious thought?

Joan Miro produced his work Painting using the automatism technique.


What new technique did Masaccio use when painting Holy Trinity?

Masaccio used mathematics to create a perspective for viewers to follow in Holy Trinity.


Who painted The Persistence of Memory?

Salvador Dali created The Persistence of Memory in 1931. It is an allegory of time coming to an end.


Who was NOT considered an Impressionist painter?

Gustave Courbet is known for his realist paintings like The Stone Breakers and Burial at Ornans.


Who was a Neoclassical painter during the French Revolution?

Neoclassical painters were obsessed with Greek and Roman culture and art, and they found inspiration in ancient subjects.


Which is NOT a work of Rembrandt?

Rembrandt was a Dutch painter known for his use of light and shadow. He was also well-known for his portraits.


What kind of painting is Impression: Sunrise?

Impression: Sunrise is a work created by Claude Monet in 1872. It is part of the Impressionist movement that sought to capture the grit of the industrialized world.


Who painted Liberty Leading the People?

Eugene Delacroix was part of the Romantic movement during the early 19th century. He often used historic events as inspiration.


When was the Realist movement?

Realist painters focused on subjects that could be found in everyday life. These subjects were depicted in a natural way.


Which was NOT a work by Albrecht Durer?

Born in Nuremberg, Albrecht Durer studied in Italy so he could better understand the Italian Renaissance.


Who painted Nighthawks?

Stillness and open space characterized Edward Hopper's work. His paintings often reflected American cities and countryside.


Where was Michelangelo Buonarroti from?

Michelangelo is credited with painting the inside of the Sistine Chapel.


Who was Not part of the Romantic movement?

Romanticism was a movement from about 1750 to 1850 that emphasized feelings over reason.


Who painted the ceiling decoration for the church of Sant'Ignazio?

Fra Andrea Pozzo's painting on the ceiling of the church of Sant'Ignazio is called the Glorification of Saint Ignatius. It was completed between 1691 and 1694.


Which of the following was an Enlightenment painting that depicted the wonders of science?

A Philosopher Giving a Lecture at the Orrery was painted by Joseph Wright of Derby between 1763 and 1765, which was in the middle of the Age of Enlightenment.


What movement rejected the limitations of Impressionism?

Post-Impressionist were concerned with the capabilities of art and, therefore, sought to examine the expressive elements of painting.


Who painted Number 1?

Jackson Pollock's style of painting was characterized by his use of drips and splatters of paint across a canvas.


Where was Pieter Bruegel from?

Pieter Bruegel is known for works like Hunters in the Snow and Netherlandish Proverbs, which are characterized by their depictions of everyday human activities.


When did Neo-Expressionism come about?

Julian Schnabel and Anselm Kiefer are a few examples of Neo-Expressionist painters.


Who painted The Scream?

Emotions characterized Munch's work, such as despair which can be found in The Scream.


Who painted landscapes of the American West?

In 1858, Albert Bierstadt traveled to the American West, where he captured various landscapes like in his Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California.


Who was NOT a painter in the High Renaissance?

Artists of the High Renaissance paved the way for visual art as a profession, as the prestige of their work increased throughout the era.


Who created Anatomy of a Kimono?

Miriam Schaprio created Anatomy of a Kimono to show the world that women were creating collages before Pablo Picasso made them popular.


Which was NOT a work by Caravaggio?

Caravaggio was famous for bringing a naturalistic element to classical and religious pieces that was absent among Italian painters before him.


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