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Can You Name More Than 13 of These Famous Sculptures?
By: Teresa McGlothlin
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About This Quiz
From recent sculptures to those that date back to 25,000 BC, sculpture has long been one way that artists represent their respective eras. If you can name more than 13 of these famous sculptures, it will be safe to say that you know your art! We have scoured the world from Hong Kong to ancient Rome to challenge your expertise.
Some of the sculptures may be easy to recognize, but others might make you take a moment and really dig deep. Even if art isn't exactly your area of expertise, this quiz will be a journey through some amazing works that may lead you to develop a newfound appreciation for the art of sculpting. Whether you are a fan of more traditional sculptures or you love the work of contemporary sculptors, your eyes will get a real treat throughout the quiz.
With artists like Michelangelo and Anish Kapoor, sculptural creations could never be called boring. Every sculpture has a history and a meaning, and we will impart fascinating knowledge about each piece. Do you think you can get more than 13 right? Scroll down to get this quiz started, and we'll see how much you know about some of the world's most memorable works of art!
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What is the name of this sculpture featuring two of the characters from Dante's "Divine Comedy"?
The Kiss is a Rodin masterpiece that was modeled after Paolo and Francesca from Dante's "Divine Comedy." Created in 1882, the statue depicts the lovers in an embrace after they were banished to Hell. The larger version of the marble statue took Rodin over ten years to deliver.
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Do you know the name of this famous sculpture carved around 150 BC?
In 1820, the Venus de Milo by sculpture Alexandros was found in pieces along the Aegean island of Melos. After being given to Louis XVII, Venus de Milo found a permanent home at the Louvre where it was reassembled. The arms of the statue have never been found.
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Can you choose the correct name for this sculpture that only stands 4.4 inches tall?
Made from Oolitic limestone, the Venus of Willendorf dates all the way back to some time between 20,000 and 25,000 BCE. Found in Austria, the Venus of Willendorf would have been carried by nomadic cultures and viewed as a symbol of fertility.
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Which Ancient Egyptian figure do you see sculpted in limestone here?
Believed to have been crafted by the sculptor Thutmose, the Bust of Nefertiti was created around 1345 BC. As the wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and later possibly a widowed ruler herself, Nefertiti was one of the most powerful women in ancient Egypt. Here, she is immortalized in limestone, stucco, and paint.
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These sculptures were buried until their discovery in 1974 - what are they called?
The Terracotta Army was created around 210 BC as a memorial to the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Discovered by a group of peasants digging for water in 1974, the Terracotta Army's unearthing shocked the world and the Shaanxi province where the army is located.
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You can find this sculpture at The Vatican, but can you correctly name it?
Carved from white marble, Laocoon and His Sons depicts the death of the Poseidon priest and his sons when trying to destroy the Trojan Horse. Although the exact date of creation is unknown, it was excavated in Rome during the year 1506. It can be seen on display at The Vatican Museums.
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What is the title of this sculpture with roots in Greek mythology?
The famous sculptor Bernini is the artist responsible for creating Apollo and Daphne. The story behind the piece dates all the way back to Greek mythology's "Ovid Metamorphosis," but it was created sometime between 1622 and 1625.
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At 14 feet tall, this is one of the world's most recognizable sculptures - what is the name of it?
At the young age of 26, famous artist Michelangelo carved the statue of David from a slab of marble. Commissioned by the Opera del Duomo for the Cathedral of Florence, David was rejected by board members for being too perfect. It was instead placed in Florence at the Piazza Della Signora.
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Do you know the correct title of this Bernini sculpture?
During the 16th century, Teresa of Avila was canonized by the Catholic church for her prolific visions. Inspired by her writings, Gian Lorenzo Bernini created the statue that now resides in Cornaro Chapel in Rome.
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Are you able to correctly identify this 16th century bronze figure?
The artist behind the bronze Perseus with the Head of Medusa is Benvenuto Cellini. Originally a goldsmith, the statue challenged Cellini, nonetheless, the statue was finished in 1554. It stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence and has not been moved since its original placement.
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Picasso made the first version of this sculpture in 1912 - can you figure out its name?
The first version of Picasso's Guitar was made out of cardboard in 1912. By 1914, Picasso had decided to remake it out of sheet metal. Breaking away from the traditional carved or molded versions of sculpture, Picasso shocked viewers with his abstract, rebellious approach using assemblage.
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What is the name of this sculpture that sits on a limestone block?
When sculptor Constantin Brancusi originally tried to create Mademoiselle Pogany, he broke several clay molds in front of the model. It was only after she returned to Hungary that Brancusi completed the sculpture from memory. In 1913, it was a highly debated piece of sculpture!
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New York artist Andy Warhol created this work of art in 1964 - can you choose the correct name for it?
During the course of his career, Andy Warhol pushed the boundaries of the art world. With his graphic pieces, he brought pop culture into the high brow arena. Here, you can see Brillo Box (Soap Pads) that Warhol created in 1964.
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Do you know the name of this sculpture that weighs 110 tons?
Affectionately dubbed "The Bean," Cloud Gate is made from a steel frame and 168 pieces of custom cut stainless-steel plates. The piece, created by artist Anish Kapoor, sits in Chicago's Millennium Park where it has become a part of the city's experience.
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This massive sculpture measures 240 feet long - do you know the title of it?
The Great Sphinx of Giza is carved from a single piece of limestone and stands 66 feet tall. Scholars are still debating the exact date The Sphinx was built. Some believe it was built for King Khafre, but others believe his brother, King Khufu, commissioned the piece after Khafre's death.
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You might know the meaning of this statue, but do you know the title?
Lady Justice has roots in Roman mythology and shows the immortalized image of the Goddess Lustita. Lustita was the Goddess of Justice, and her blindfold represents impartiality. Her scales represent the ability to weigh both sides of an issue.
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Which title is given to this 98 foot tall sculpture?
Christ the Redeemer looms over Rio de Janeiro, and it's sometimes considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Created by artist Cristo Redentor, the outstretched arms measure 92 feet across. The sculpture is made from a mosaic of triangular soapstones.
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The sculpture in this photo was completed in 1993. Do you know its name?
At 112 feet tall, the Tian Tan Buddha is tucked away in a mountainous region near Hong Kong. To reach the sculpture, visitors must climb 268 stairs. It took sculptors 12 years to complete, and it is maintained by the Po Lin Monastery.
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What is the name of this sculpture located in Washington D.C.?
The Lincoln Memorial Statue was initially set to be only 10 feet tall; however, the artist behind the work, Daniel Chester French, decided to enlarge it to the 28 feet tall that it stands now. Carved with assistance from a large slab of marble, the sculpture is one of the world's most visited.
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This sculpture is called the Salmon Sculpture by most, but do you know the actual title?
Measuring 11 feet across and hand forged from bronze, Transcendence is often called the Salmon Sculpture by locals in Portland, Oregon. The incredibly detailed fish appears to be swimming through a brick wall, and it hovers over the entrance to a former seafood restaurant.
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Can you choose the correct title of this sculpture that honors Nelson Mandela?
The Freedom of Howick was dedicated to Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela by the artist Marco Cianfanelli in 2012. An interactive sculpture that allows visitors to walk inside the bars that make up the sculpture, The Freedom of Howick sits at the spot where Mandela was first arrested.
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You would need to visit Dallas, Texas to see this sculptural grouping - which name does it have?
Each of the 50 bronze cattle in Cattle Drive measures a whopping six feet tall. Sitting in a large public park maintained by the Dallas Convention Center called Pioneer Park, artist Robert Summers has created an unforgettable reminder of the state's cattle driving past.
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Which name is the correct name for this 8-legged spider that lives at the Tate Modern?
In 1999, Louise Bourgeois' Maman was unveiled at the Tate Modern. A sculpture so large it can only be erected outdoors in an industrial space, Merman's spindly legs are balanced by a sack full of spider eggs. Maman has received a permanent home outside of the museum.
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The original version of this historical sculpture is missing - do you know what it's called?
Originally carved in marble, Discobolus has been reproduced countless times since its creation between 450 and 460 BC. A popular sport in ancient Greece, Discobolus flawlessly displays the athleticism of the Olympic sport.
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Which title of this Hellenistic statue is correct?
Winged Victory (Nike) of Samothrace has been housed at the Louvre in Paris since 1884. Carved from marble in 2nd century BC, Winged Victory stands 8 feet tall. Although many have attempted to recreate the statue's broken parts, it has only ever been restored in theory.
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This sculpture's name is taken from the place where it's displayed - what is the name?
Housed at the Capitoline Museum in Rome, the Capitoline Wolf is only slightly smaller than a life-sized wolf. Cast from bronze, the Capitoline Wolf can be viewed from all sides, and visitors are encouraged to take in a 360-degree view of the sculpture.
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What is the right name for this sculpture created by Michaelangelo?
The Pieta features a marble Mary cradling the body of Jesus after his crucifixion. Out of all of Michelangelo's extraordinary works of art, The Pieta is the only sculpture that bears the artists name.
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Rodin created this sculpture, but what did he name it?
Although Rodin's The Thinker has been replicated many times, the original sculpture was part of his Gates of Hell series. The Thinker represents Dante contemplating the "Divine Comedy" as he sits by the gates.
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Do you know the name of these Easter Island sculptures?
The Easter Island Moai were carved from volcanic rock by the native Rapi Nui people. Each of the Moai represents a person of importance and serves as a memorial. Though you can only see the upper portion, archeologists have discovered that each Moai has a full body.
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You would find this sculpture in a Georgia city - can you choose its name?
In total, artist Sylvia Shaw Judson only made four of the Bird Girl sculptures. Three of them when to major US cities, but the fourth was purchased as a memorial and placed in a cemetery. It remained hidden for nearly 50 years until it was used as the cover for "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
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Which of the names of this granite and bronze sculpture is the right one?
The city of Irving, Texas is home to The Mustangs of La Colinas. The piece features realistic bronze Mustang horses galloping across a stream that is retained with the use of pink granite.
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You would head to Singapore to see this sculpture - what is it named?
Near Singapore's Cavenagh Bridge, you would be treated to seeing the People of the River. The playful children jumping into the river serve as a reminder to the city's river trade past.
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Can you choose the name of this WWII memorial sculpture in Budapest?
Sculptor Gyula Pauer installed 60 pair of bronze, 1940s style shoes along the banks of the Danube River in Budapest. The shoes commemorate thousands of people who were executed by Nazi forces at the spot during World War II.
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Do you know the right name for this playful sculpture at the Taipei Zoo?
When the Taipei Zoo's director thought up his hippo square, he had no idea that it would become such a tourist attraction. Hippos features a collection of realistic, bronze Hippos that seem to swim amongst the bricks that make up the zoo's walkway.
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These sculptures mark the birthplace of Apollo - can you figure out the name it's given?
Sitting on the Greek Island of Delos, The Terrace of the Lions was erected around 600 BC. The grainy, marble lions sit across from the lake where Apollo and Athena were said to have been born.
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It commemorates the Hundred Years' War, but can you choose the correct name?
The Burghers of Calais is considered one of Rodin's most successful and loved commissioned pieces. It is carved from Bronze and it commemorates a battle that took place in France during the Hundred Years' War.
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This statue is a welcoming sight to visitors - can you name it?
Standing on Ellis Island in New York City, the Statue of Liberty stands as a welcoming sign of freedom. Made from gold, copper, steel, and cast Iron, the statue was designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustav Eiffel. It was given to the US as a gift and dedicated in 1886.
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What is the name of this modern, bronze sculpture?
The creator of Unique Forms in Continuity, Umberto Boccioni, was a member of a group of early 1900s artists that called themselves The Futurists. The Futurists loved to show the movement in energy, and Unique Forms in Continuity represents forward motion.
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Can you correctly choose the name of this Russian sculpture?
The Motherland Calls stands 178 feet tall and sits in Volograd, Russia. The sculpture is a memorial to those who lost their lives a the Battle of Stalingrad. The tip of the sword reaches a whopping 280 feet in the air.
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