98% of people can't score all 9000 points on this picture reveal game about famous paintings! Can you?

By: Narra Jackson
Image: Test Hero Credit

About This Quiz

These paintings have hung on the walls of some of the most prestigious museums and decorated many fine art books. How well do you know fine art? Find out by playing this game!

Starry Night is actually a depiction of Van Gogh's view from an asylum. After experiencing a mental breakdown in the winter of 1888, Van Gogh checked himself into the Saint-Paul-De-Mausole asylum near the Saint-Remy-de-Provence. This view became the basis of his most iconic work. Historians argue whether or not the village depicted in this painting is inspired by his homeland in the Netherlands.

Water Lilies by Claude Monet is not one painting by Monet; the title refers to a series by him. He is referred to as the father of French Impressionism. Over the course of the series, Monet painted countless individual water lilies in around 250 oil paintings!

Leonardo da Vinci did not actually choose this subject matter. This piece was commissioned by the Duke of Milan. The food on the table is not just bread and wine. During the 1999 restoration of this piece, they discovered that the table also holds a platter of sliced eel, garnished with pieces of orange.

The Persistence of Memory was painted in the midst of a hallucination. Around 1931, when Dali created this painting, he had perfected his "paranoiac-critical method." The artist would try to enter a meditative state of self-induced psychotic hallucinations so that he could make what he referred to as "hand-painted dream photographs."

Bathers at Asnieres is one of the largest-scale compositions created by Georges Seurat. This was Seurat's first painting to be exhibited at the Society of Independent Artists. Georges Seurat died at a very young age, just 32, but during his lifetime he created a revolution in the history of art. He pioneered a new way of painting and a new style of art.

If you look closely at A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, you will see that the painting is actually made up of millions of different dots. This was the first of its kind. Seurat became the father of Pointillism and of Neo-Impressionism. He actually preferred to call his technique "chromo-luminarism," a term he felt better stressed its focus on color and light.

The Harlequin's Carnival was painted between 1924-1925, by Joan Miro. It is one of the best surrealist paintings by this artist and it is preserved in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Harlequin is the name of a well-known Italian comic theater character that is generally identified by his checkered costume. The 'carnival' part of the title may refer to Mardi Gras, the celebration that happens before the fasting of Lent begins.

A popular reading of Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper, is that it is a depiction of characters that are separated from the outside world by the light and windows Hopper carefully rendered. There is no visible door which would allow the viewer entry into this lonely nighttime world. For Hopper, the painting was actually about feeling alone in a crowd. Much of his work depicts the isolation that can be felt amid the bustle of New York City.

Guernica was actually one of Picasso's commissioned paintings. As the 1937 World's Fair approached, Spain's democratic government wanted the Spanish pavilion at Paris' International Exposition Dedicated to Art and Technology to feature a mural that would expose the atrocities of Generalissimo Francisco Franco and his allies. An article in the "Times" inspired him to paint what he did.

When Rousseau first created the painting, The Sleeping Gypsy, he tried to sell it to the mayor of his home town. Unfortunately, the mayor did not want it, so it was later sold to a private collection. This painting is currently housed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus touches on the Greek myth tragedy of Icarus. According to Ovid and Appolodorus, Icarus, who was the son of Daedalus, took flight from imprisonment wearing the fragile wings his father had made for him. Ignoring his father, who told him to keep a middle course and avoid getting close to the sun, Icarus exultantly flew too close and melted his wings. Icarus then hurtled into the sea and died.

One: Number 31, 1950 is one of three successive paintings that Pollock did in the summer and autumn of 1950. He started by laying the canvas on the floor and dribbling, pouring, and flicking enamel paint on it. The density of interlacing liquid threads of paint is balanced and offset by puddles of muted colors and by allover spattering.

Christina's World depicts a real Christina. The 31-year-old Andrew Wyeth modeled the painting's frail-looking brunette after his neighbor in South Cushing, Maine, named Anna Christina Olson. She suffered from a degenerative muscular disorder that prevented her from walking. Rather than using a wheelchair, Olson crawled around her home and the surrounding grounds.

Ivan Aivazovsky was one of the most prolific and successful artists of his time. He believed, "to live means to work," and he painted more than 6,000 works by his death in 1900. He even started a new canvas, The Explosion of the Turkish Ship, on the last day of his life. The Ninth Wave is an example of Aivazovsky's skill for seascapes. In 1836 he participated in a training exercise of the Baltic Sea fleet to better his skill at painting the sea landscape.

John Singleton Copley was born in Boston in 1738. Copley was trained in visual arts and was influenced by English mezzotint portraits. He went to London to develop his artistic talent and later spent a year in Italy studying various artistic styles before returning to London once again. Watson and the Shark is an example of Copley's common depiction of climactic moments. This leaves the viewers in suspense because they are unsure what the resolution will be.

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes