How Much Do You Know About the Basics of Art History?

By: Isadora Teich

How Much Do You Know About the Basics of Art History?
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About This Quiz

Art history is a fascinating subject. If you think you know your influential artists and works of art, put your knowledge to the test with this HowStuffWorks quiz!
Who painted the Mona Lisa?
Vincent van Gogh
Paul Cezanne
Georgia O'keeffe
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci painted this famous half-length portrait between 1503 and 1506. Its famous smile is believed to be that of a woman named Lisa Gherardini.

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When was the Renaissance?
14th-17th centuries
The Renaissance swept Europe from roughly the 1300s to 1600s. It was a major rebirth for Europe in terms of interest in art, science and literature.
19th century
9th century
5th-7th centuries

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Salvador Dali painted:
Mona Lisa
The Persistence of Memory
This 1931 oil painting by Dali is one of his best-known works. Its melted clock motif is repeated often throughout popular culture.
The Night Watch
The Son of Man

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Which artist is mostly known for their self-portraits?
Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for combining self portraiture with a folk art style to critique and explore Mexican society. She is admired as a feminist icon to this day.
Diego Rivera
Francis Bacon
Raphael

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Who painted The Starry Night?
Jackson Pollock
Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who created a number of works. His most famous is The Starry Night, an 1889 oil painting that shows the view out of the window of his asylum cell.
Andrew Wyeth
Man Ray

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Who painted Girl With a Pearl Earring?
Salvador Dali
Leonardo da Vinci
Johannes Vermeer
Vermeer was a 17th-century Dutch artist. This oil painting was created in 1665.
Michelangelo

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Expressionism explores:
Geometry
Color
Subjectivity
Expressionism began in Germany in the early 20th Century. It involved showing the world from one imperfect perspective in order to create something highly emotional.
Irrationality

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Hieronymus _____ painted The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Hopper
Picasso
Bosch
Hieronymus Bosch painted this triptych, or series of three paintings, between 1503-1515. Bosch is known for his surreal and twisted highly detailed paintings.
Degas

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The Creation of Adam was painted by:
Michelangelo
This massive fresco painting can be found on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It was painted roughly between1508-1512.
Gramt Wood
Andrew Wyeth
Bosch

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Who painted The Son of Man?
Rene Magritte
Magritte painted The Son of Man in 1964. It is a surreal self portrait.
Vincent van Gogh
Pablo Picasso
Raphael

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Pablo Picasso was:
American
Spanish
Picasso was born in 1881 in Spain. He constantly updated his style and believed that continuously producing art would keep him alive.
Romanian
English

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Nighthawks was painted by:
Jackson Pollack
Raphael
Bosch
Edward Hopper
Edward Hopper was an American Modernist painter. He created this work in 1942.

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When was the Art Nouveau style popular?
Around 1900
Art Nouveau was a style of art and architecture that was most popular between 1890-1910. It was inspired by the curved lines of plants and flowers.
1980's
1400's
1750's

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Which artist is known for painting dancers?
Edgar Degas
French artist Edgar Degas is considered to be one of the founders of impressionism. Over half of the works he created throughout his life depict dancers.
Frida Kahlo
Raphael
Andy Warhol

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Which art movement was inspired by a dislike of rationality and capitalism?
Dada
Dadaist art flourished in Europe and America after World War I. It was about rejecting nationalism, capitalism, war, and the aesthetics of the time and embracing the absurd.
Cubism
Realism
Pop Art

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The Kiss was painted by ______.
Grant Wood
Francis Bacon
Paul Cezanne
Gustav Klimt
Klimt painted this picture between 1907-1908. Many of his art nouveau style paintings are gilded, or covered with gold.

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Paul _______ is known for a series of paintings of men playing cards.
Picasso
Velazquez
Cezanne
Cezanne painted five paintings of men playing cards of various sizes during the 1890s. His works are amongst some of the most expensive ever sold.
Rivera

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Andy Warhol was born in which country?
Armenia
France
Poland
America
Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1928. He is known as a Pop Art pioneer.

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Pablo Picasso pioneered which art movement?
Cubism
Cubism is considered to be a large step forward between the styles of the past and Modern Art as we know it. It used geometric shapes and interlocking planes to create images.
Realism
Pop Art
Impressionism

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Which art movement attempted to portray subject matter as honestly as possible?
Surrealism
Realism
Realism is all about portraying subjects in as lifelike a manner as possible, without stylized or fantastical additions. Numerous realism movements have popped up throughout the history of the arts.
Impressionism
Fauvism

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When was Art Deco popular?
1400s
1650s
1920s
Art Deco influenced design, visual art, and architecture internationally in the 1920s. It first popped up in France before World War I.
1990s

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Diego __________ painted The Flower Carrier.
Monet
Dali
Klimt
Rivera
Diego Rivera was a Mexican painter who helped to establish the mural movement in Mexican Art. The Flower Carrier features his signature use of bright colors and was painted in 1935.

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Who painted American Gothic?
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Rembrandt
Grant Wood
Grant Wood painted this iconic portrait in 1930. It's staging has been referenced throughout pop culture for decades.
Pablo Picasso

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__________ is known for drip painting.
Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock was an American abstract expressionist painter. He is known for his massive drip style paintings.
Michelangelo
Gustav Klimt
Rembrandt

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Which artist is best known for large paintings of flowers?
Paul Klee
Marcel Duchamp
Henri Matisse
Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O'Keeffe is known for her large paintings of flowers. She has been called the "Mother of American Modernism."

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Henri __________ painted Blue Nude.
Hals
Matisse
Matisse painted Blue Nude in 1907. He created it after a sculpture he had been working on shattered.
Bacon
Dumas

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Where was Leonardo da Vinci from?
Russia
Italy
Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in Anchiano, Italy. He is considered a Renaissance master and influential polymath.
America
Spain

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Post-impressionism put the focus on what?
The artist's emotions
Post-impressionists believed in exploring line, color, form, and emotion, rather than representing things as they naturally appear. Van Gogh and Cezanne are considered post-impressionists.
Curved lines
Greyscale
Geometry

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The art style Fauvism focuses on:
Realism
Color
Fauvism rejects realism entirely. Instead, a group of 20th century modern artists chose to put the emphasis on technique and strong colors.
Geometry
Murals

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Andy Warhol and _____________ pioneered Pop Art.
Roy Lichtenstein
These two were leading New York artists in the Pop Art scene. Pop Art started to become popular in the US and England in the 1950s.
Gustav Klimt
Frida Kahlo
Rembrandt

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Norman Rockwell was both an artist and an ________.
Author
Norman Rockwell was a 20th century American artist and author. His works reflected American life and were very popular.
Director
Teacher
Scientist

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Edvard Munch was born in which country?
Italy
Norway
Edvard Munch was a Norwegian expressionist artist. His most famous painting is The Scream.
Canada
Mexico

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Sandro Botticelli painted:
American Gothic
The Birth of Venus
This painting was created in the 1480s. It shows Venus coming ashore after being birthed fully formed in the sea.
The Last Supper
The Creation of Adam

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Where was Mark Rothko from?
America
Germany
England
Latvia
Abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko was born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz in Latvia in 1903. He is largely known for his large painting featuring highly saturated rectangular forms.

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Which cultural movement had the goal of unlocking the unconscious with nonsensical images?
Post-impressionism
Surrealism
Surrealism was a wide reaching 20th century cultural movement that influenced art. Dali and Magritte were some of the most influential surrealist artists.
Art Nouveau
De Stijl

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