🎨 Great Works Of Art Quiz



I put this picture quiz together by way of an art appreciation session. The idea is to print off the pictures and put them on the tables without the names (or show them via slide show), then ask members to find the right painting from the list below.


After this you could ask members to rate the painting or sculpture in order of their preference.


Or you could run it as a straight question and answer picture quiz and discuss the paintings as you view them.


A few songs are interspersed for members' enjoyment and reminiscence.


Paintings are presented here in chronological order.


If you have time to prepare, ask members to come to the session with a photo of their favourite ever painting. Perhaps one they have a copy of at home.


Or members might have painted or drawn their own work. Ask them to show their efforts.


Remember there is a 'Creative Art Gallery' on this website if members should want to showcase their work to a wider audience.


Our 'prize was a 'Painting By Numbers' kit. (We also recommended the 'ColorPlanet: Oil Painting Game' app, which is available on both Android and iOS play stores.)




'Parthenon Sculptures'

Created around 432 BC


1. They are also known as the '***** Marbles'; the name attributed to them by the Scottish nobleman who stripped them from the ancient Acropolis in Athens in 1801?


a. Elgin

b. McAlpin

c. McDonald




'Venus De Milo'

Sculpture by Alexandros, circa 130BC


2. The Roman goddess of love and beauty is Venus. But as this statue is Greek, who was it dedicated to?


a. Aphrodite

b. Athena

c. Hera




'David'

Sculpture by Michelangelo, 1504


3. How tall is this sculpture?


a. 7ft

b. 17ft

c. 27ft




'The Birth Of Venus'

Painting by Sandro Botticelli, 1480s


4. Which girl group had a hit record with a song named after this goddess?


a. Pussy Cat Dolls

b. Spice Girls

c. Bananarama


Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4-1ASpdT1Y




'Vetruvian Man'

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, 1490


5. Which current affairs programme used this drawing in its opening titles?


a. 'World In Action'

b. 'Panorama'

c. 'That's Life'


Here they are - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uLPDhCgS8M




'The Last Supper'

Painting by Leonardo da Vinci, 1498


6. Who betrayed Jesus just after this meal?


a. Mary Magdalene

b. Judas

c. Peter




'La Pietà'

Sculpture by Michelangelo, 1499


7. Where would you find this statute?


a. St Peter's Basilica, Rome

b. St Paul's Cathedral

c. The Louvre, Paris




'Mona Lisa'

Painting by Leonardo da Vinci, 1503


8. Which 2003 thriller by Dan Brown featured this painting and artist?


a. 'The Lost Symbol'

b. 'Angels And Demons'

c. 'The Da Vinci Code'


There is a song about this painting. Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIDX18Xl16s




'Salvador Mundi'

Painting by Leonardo da Vinci, 1510


9. This painting is the most valuable in the world. How much did it sell for in 2017?


a. Nearly £3.5,

b. Nearly £35m

c. Nearly £350m




'The Creation Of Adam'

Painting by Michelangelo, 1512


10. Which TV show used the 'touching fingers' in its opening titles?


a. 'South Bank Show'

b. 'Panorama'

c. 'The Sky At Night'


Here they are - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgB4j31-SXk&t=58s




'Girl With The Pearl Earring'

Painting by Johannes Vermeer, 1665


11. Where do pearls come from?


a. Diamonds

b. Oysters

c. Quartz




'The Blue Boy'

Painting by Thomas Gainsborough, 1770


The above painting hangs opposite the painting below by Thomas Lawrence, in Huntington Library in San Marino, California.


12. What is the painting below called?


a. 'Pretty Girl'

b. 'Sunday Afternoon'

c. 'Pinkie'







'The Hay Wain'

Painting by John Constable, 1821


13. What does 'Wain' mean?


a. Way

b. Water

c. Wagon




'Liberty Leading the People'

Painting by Eugène Delacroix, 1830


14. Which flag is depicted in this painting?


a. France

b. Russia

c. Great Britain




'The Fighting Temeraire'

Painting by JMW Turner, 1838


15. This painting features on the reverse of which polymer bank note?


a. £10

b. £20

c. £50



'Ophelia'

Painting by John Everett Millais, 1852


16. Which Shakespeare play featured this character?


a. 'Macbeth'

b. 'King Lear'

c. 'Hamlet'




'Whistler's Mother'

Painting by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1871


17. Who did this to the painting below (in a 1997 movie)?


a. Ali G

b. Mr Bean

c. Alan Partridge


Here's the clip (start at about 2 mins) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTli1HU9axY







'Luncheon of the Boating Party'

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1882


18. What style is the painting in?


a. Impressionist

b. French modern

c. Romantic




'Sunflowers'

Van Gogh, 1886


19. Which body part did he 'lose' in 1888?


a. Arm

b. Leg

c. Ear




'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte'

Painting by Georges Seurat, 1886


20. Which river is seen in this painting?


a. Loire

b. Seine

c. Rhine




'The Starry Night'

Painting by Vincent van Gogh, 1889


21. What song was written about this artist?


a. 'Vincent'

b. 'Nights In White Satin'

c. 'When You Wish Upon A Star'


Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxHnRfhDmrk



'Dr Who' put together a wonderful sketch of taking Van Gogh to the future to see how his paintings were appreciated. Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jjWtUpqV9w


FACTOID. According to popular lore, van Gogh sold only one painting in his entire life. This oft-repeated tale was challenged more than 30 years ago, but it still goes on. In fact, van Gogh sold at least two paintings in his lifetime, and some drawings as well.




'The Scream'

Painting by Edvard Munch, 1893


22. Which city museum was it stolen from in 1994 and 2004?


a. Moscow

b. Oslo

c. Milan




'The Waterlily Pond: Green Harmony'

Painting by Claude Monet, 1899


23. How many paintings of the water lily pond in Giverny, France, did Monet paint?


a. 25

b. 125

c. 250




'The Kiss'

Gustav Klimt, 1908


24. What date is 'Valentine's Day'?


a. 14th February

b. 1st April

c. 4th July




'La Danse'

Painting by Henri Matisse, 1910


25. Which of these is a French dance?


a. Can Can

b. Flamenco

c. Cha Cha Cha




'Going to the Match'

Painting by L. S. Lowry, 1928


26. Where did he paint all his paintings (the county)?


a. Essex

b. Yorkshire

c. Lancashire



SONG. Here is a song about this artist. The YouTube link includes lyrics, to enable a singalong - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmopSVOMSsU




'American Gothic'

Painting by Grant Wood, 1930


27. What period in American history is the painting said to represent?


a. Great Depression

b. Civil War

c. Roaring Twenties




'Composition with Red Blue and Yellow'

Piet Mondrian, 1930


28. What style of painting is this?


a. Minimalism

b. Cubism

c. Modernism



'The Persistence of Memory'

Painting by Salvador Dalí, 1931


29. Which director commissioned this artist to create imagery for the psychedelic dream sequence in the 1958 film 'Vertigo'?


a. David Lean

b. Alfred Hitchcock

c. Orson Welles




'Le Rêve'

Painting by Pablo Picasso, 1932


30. What is the meaning of the title of this painting?


a. The sleep

b. The headache

c. The dream




'Mother and Child'

Sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, 1934


31. In which Cornish seaside town would you find a museum and garden dedicated to her work?


a. St Ives

b. Padstow

c. Penzance




'La Mariée'

Painting by Marc Chagall, 1950


32. Which 1999 film had Julia Roberts' character give this painting to Hugh Grant's character?


a. 'Four Weddings And A Funeral'

b. 'Notting Hill'

c. 'Love Actually'


SONG. Here is a song from the film. The YouTube link includes lyrics, to enable a singalong - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyqbvaQc7BQ&t=37s




'The Son of Man'

Painting by René Magritte, 1964


33. Which 1999 movie had the theft of this painting at the centre of its story?


a. 'The Thomas Crown Affair'

b. 'The Sting'

c. 'The Italian Job'


This song is from the original 1968 movie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXFh-mYh2dQ





'Blue Marilyn'

Painting by Andy Warhol, 1964


34. How much did this painting recently sell for at auction, making it the most valuable 20th century painting?


a. $1.9m

b. $19.5m

c. $195m




'Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies'

Painting by the fictional artist Van Clomp, 1982


35. Which UK TV sitcom was this painting created for?


How much did it actually sell for in 2018?


a. £1,500

b. £5,000

c. £15,000


Here is the TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eTaxXkH0_I




'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living For the Love of God'

By Damien Hirst, 1991


36. What does he preserve his subjects in?


a. Sea water

b. Ammonia

c. Formaldehyde




'My Bed'

By Tracy Emin, 1998


37. How much did it sell for in 2014?


a. £2,200

b. £22,000

c. £2.2m




'Girl With Balloon'

Painting by Banksy, 2002


38. Where is Banksy from?


a. Bristol

b. Birmingham

c. Belfast




'Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – An 80th Birthday Portrait'

Painting by Rolf Harris, 2005


39. Rolf Harris painted a portrait of Bonnie Tyler that was valued by BBC 'Antiques Roadshow' at £50,000 in 2011. How much is the painting worth now?


a. About £25,000

b.About £2,500

c. Nothing, the owner burnt it!




'Self Portrait', 2000


40. Which well known singer songwriter perceives herself as an artist first and musician second?


Here's a quote from her:


"That's one thing that's always, like, been a difference between, like, the performing arts, and being a painter, you know. A painter does a painting, and he paints it, and that's it, you know. He has the joy of creating it, it hangs on a wall, and somebody buys it, and maybe somebody buys it again, or maybe nobody buys it and it sits up in a loft somewhere until he dies. But he never, you know, nobody ever, nobody ever said to Van Gogh, 'Paint a Starry Night again, man!' You know? He painted it and that was it."


a. Joni Mitchell

b. Carole King

c. Carly Simon


Here's a song from her 1977 album 'Blue' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyjcvTjL9Q4



"I am a lonely painter, I live in a box of paints."





FINAL SONG. Here is another song about painting. The YouTube link includes lyrics, to enable a singalong - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYFJRomR12k



"If a picture paints a thousand words then why can't I paint you?"







'Parthenon Sculptures'

Created around 432 BC


1. They are also known as the '***** Marbles'; the name attributed to them by the Scottish nobleman who stripped them from the ancient Acropolis in Athens in 1801?


a. Elgin



'Venus De Milo'

Sculpture by Alexandros, circa 130BC


2. The Roman goddess of love and beauty is Venus. But as this statue is Greek, who was it dedicated to?


a. Aphrodite



'David'

Sculpture by Michelangelo, 1504


3. How tall is this sculpture?


b. 17ft



'The Birth Of Venus'

Paining by Sandro Botticelli, 1480s


4. Which girl group had a hit record with a song named after this goddess?


c. Bananarama



'Vetruvian Man'

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, 1490


5. Which current affairs programme used this drawing in its opening titles?


a. 'World In Action'



'The Last Supper'

Painting by Leonardo da Vinci, 1498


6. Who betrayed Jesus just after this meal?


b. Judas




'La Pietà'

Sculpture by Michelangelo, 1499


7. Where would you find this statute?


a. St Peter's Basilica, Rome



'Mona Lisa'

Painting by Leonardo da Vinci, 1503


8. Which 2003 thriller by Dan Brown featured this painting and artist?


c. 'The Da Vinci Code'



'Salvador Mundi'

Painting by Leonardo da Vinci, 1510


9.This painting is the most valuable in the world. How much did it sell for in 2017?


c. Nearly £350m



'The Creation Of Adam'

Painting by Michelangelo, 1512


10. Which TV show used the 'touching fingers' in its opening titles?


a. 'South Bank Show'



'Girl With The Pearl Earring'

Painting by Johannes Vermeer, 1665


11. Where do pearls come from?