Only 1 in 35 People Can Identify These Famous Works of Art. Can You?
by Bambi Turner
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Think you can tell the difference between The Mona Lisa and Whistler's Mother, or The Last Supper and The Card Players? Know what that painting of the farmer with his pitchfork is called, or the real name of that painting of a lonely downtown diner? Can you recognize The Scream or Starry Night? Take our quiz to see if you can name some of the most famous works of art ever made from just a single image!

Countless works of art have been created over the centuries, from oil paintings on wood or canvas, to chiseled marble or bronze sculptures to sweeping frescoes. Yet while the vast majority of these works are lost to history, their creators forgotten, a few live on, turning their artists into legends. 

The pieces of art that remain relevant through the years are those with a universal voice, one that people can recognize regardless of language, culture or time period. They reach beyond your eyes and into your heart and soul, making you laugh, smile, cry, and wonder exactly what the artist was thinking as he crafted his masterpiece.

Some works also become famous because they capture images of people or events from a time before cameras or film, living on as the only record to the past. Others are celebrated because they demonstrate remarkable mastery of the medium -- the ability to manipulate light and dark, or use a brush in a way no one ever has before.

Think you can name these works that have endured the decades? Take our quiz to find out!


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