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Art Trivia Quiz

 

Art Trivia Questions and Answers

1.What was the official diagnosis when van Gogh was hospitalized in 1888?

  • Acute mania with generalised delirium
  • OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER
  • SYPHILIS

2. Who is credited as the designer of the many statues which decorated the Parthenon?

  • Scopas
  • Phidias
  • Praxiteles
  • Hesiod

3. What Spanish painter is often referred to as both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns?

  • Joan Miro
  • El Greco
  • Salvador Dali
  • Francisco Goya

4. What quality is associated with peaches in Chinese art?

  • Fertility
  • Immortality
  • Wealth

5. Who painted “The Scream”?

  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Wassily Kandisky
  • Edvard Munch
  • Otto Meuller

6. What is the main visual element in Impressionist painting?

  • Shape
  • Line
  • Color
  • Pattern

7. Who painted the Mona LIsa?

  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Mr. Posada

8. What is the appropriate art term for color?

  • Color
  • Paint
  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Don’t know

9. What artist was struck in the face with a mallet by an envious rival, disfiguring him for life?

  • Titian
  • Rembrandt
  • Michelangelo

10. Who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial?

  • LOUISE BOURGEOIS
  • FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
  • MAYA LIN
  • LEOH MING PEI

11. What artist was sentenced to death by the Pope after killing a man?

  • Albrecht Durer
  • Caravaggio
  • Titian

12. How old is the earliest known human artwork?

  • 6,000 years old
  • 27,000 years old
  • 100,000 years old

13. What art movement employs aspects of mass culture, such as advertising, comic books, and mundane cultural objects?

  • Art Deco
  • Deconstructivism
  • Les Automatistes
  • Pop Art

14. What object commonly appears in Picasso’s paintings?

  • Guitar
  • The Sun
  • Peaches
  • Clock

15. What is the only work of art Michelangelo ever signed?

  • The Last Judgement
  • The Pieta
  • Sistine Chapel Ceiling

16. What do you call a point with no ending?

  • Square
  • Infinity
  • Line

17. What artist is best known for a painting of his mother?

  • Francisco Goya
  • James Whistler’s
  • Johannes Vermeer

18. What offshoot of Cubism was influenced by the work of dye chemist Eugène Chevreul?

  • Blobism
  • Fauvism
  • Orphism

19. Which artist was a fashion editor and a painter in the school of magic realism?

  • Lee Miller
  • Alice Rahon
  • Kay Sage
  • Bridget Tichenor

20. What art movement employs aspects of mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects?

  • Pop Art
  • Art Deco
  • Les Automatistes

21. What element was removed from Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper by careless workers?

  • Da Vinci’s Signature
  • Jesus’ feet
  • Communion Cup

22. What art critic was influential in popularizing the work of Jackson Pollock?

  • John Ruskin
  • John Canaday
  • Clement Greenberg

Art Trivia Facts

Who is credited as the designer of the many statues which decorated the Parthenon?
Phidias
What artist was struck in the face with a mallet by an envious rival, disfiguring him for life?
Michelangelo
What artist is best known for a painting of his mother?
James Abbott McNeil Whistler
What art movement was Yoko Ono associated with during the 1960s?
Fluxus
How many paintings did Vincent Van Gogh sell during his lifetime?
One
To which artistic movement does Paul Gauguin’s The Yellow Christ belong?
Cloisonnism
artistic movement known for bold outlines and flatness of the forms
Cloisonnism
According to Vatican researcher Sabrina Sforza Galitzia, what does Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper predict?
An apocalyptic flood
What artist sold a balloon dog for $58.4 million?
Jeff Koons
What landmark work came about from a friend’s request for a self-portrait of Rene Magritte?
The Son of Man
Who was the court sculptor of Alexander the Great?
Lysippus of Sicyon
What painter was married to Mexican artist Diego Rivera?
Frida Kahlo
Who painted “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” (1884-86)?
George Seurat
Who painted “The Scream”?
Edvard Munch
What school of art grew out of the poetry of Romanian-born Tristan Tzara?
Dada
born out of disillusionment of WWI; attacked conventional standards of aesthetics and behavior and stressed absurdity and the role of the unpredictable in artistic creation; basis of surrealism
Dadaism
What late 19th-century French painter was known for his pictures of ballet dancers?
Edgar Degas
English artist Andy Brown created a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II using what?
Tea Bags
What painter was summoned to Rome in 1481 to decorate the walls of the Sistine Chapel?
Sandro Botticelli
What was the official diagnosis when van Gogh was hospitalized in 1888?
acute mania and generalized delirium
Who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial?
Maya Lin
What art critic coined the term “impressionism”?
Louis Leroy
What offshoot of Cubism was influenced by the work of dye chemist Eugène Chevreul?
Orphism
What group rebelled against the limitations of Impressionism?
Post-Impressionists
What art critic was influential in popularizing the work of Jackson Pollock?
Clement Greenberg
What 19th century art critic famously compared Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket to “flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face”?
John Ruskin
What is the main visual element in Impressionist painting?
color
What art movement literally means the style of “the wild beasts”?
Fauvism
Vincent van Gogh painted The Starry Night while …?
undergoing treatment at a psychiatric hospital
What quality is associated with peaches in Chinese art?
immortality
How old is the earliest known human artwork?
100,000 years old
What art movement employs aspects of mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects?
Pop Art
What art movement developed in the early 18th century as a reaction against the grandeur, symmetry, and strict regulations of the Baroque?
Rococo
In 1908, what American artist painted elaborate murals in the newly completed Pennsylvania State Capitol Building?
Edwin Austin Abbey
What element was removed from Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper by careless workers?
Jesus’ feet
The marble slab that eventually became Michelangelo’s David was originally intended as a statue of what famous character?
Hercules
How many versions of The Scream did Edvard Munch create?
4
Which of Picasso’s paintings was considered immoral when it was first exhibited in 1916?
The Young Ladies of Avignon
What is the title of Henri Matisse’s famous portrait of his wife?
The Green Stripe
What object commonly appears in Picasso’s paintings?
guitars
What was the original title of Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture The Thinker?
The Poet
What title was Henri Matisse’s “Harmony in Red” originally commissioned under?
Harmony in Blue
How did the Musée Picasso in Paris come to own its collection of Picasso’s works?
Death Tax
What did Claude Monet’s father want him to be?
grocer
What artist believed he was a reincarnation of his dead brother?
Salvador Dali
Who were the models that posed for Grant Wood’s famous painting, American Gothic?
His sister and his dentist
Which of the following paintings did Claude Monet’s wife NOT pose for?
The Road to Chailly
What famous artist was considered a suspect in the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa?
Pablo Picasso
What is the only work of art Michelangelo ever signed?
Pieta
What is the movement in architecture in which buildings have an organic, amoeba-shaped form?
Blobism
Which of Henri Matisse’s paintings was hung upside down at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for 46 days without anyone noticing?
La Bateau (The Boat)
What Salt Lake City-born cartoonist produced classic portrayals of the era of the flapper, bootlegging, and jazz?
John Held Jr
How long did it take Leonardo da Vinci to paint the Mona Lisa’s lips?
12 years
Romanesque art prevailed during what time period?
11th to 13th centuries
What artist is known for having painted the Moulin Rouge?
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
What artist drew the comic strip Bloom County from 1980 to 1989?
Berkeley Breathed
What painting attracted more visitors to the Louvre Museum AFTER it was stolen?
Mona Lisa
What artist’s portrait of George Washington is the basis for the $1 bill?
Gilbert Stuart
What is the term for visible traces of an earlier painting beneath newer artwork on canvas?
pentimento
What is the term for a painting executed entirely in shades of grey?
Grisaille
In Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation, who is depicted with the virgin Mary?
angel Gabriel
Vermillion is a shade of which color?
red
What do you call the technique of allowing tones and colors to shade gradually into one another?
Sfumato
What painting technique was employed by Caravaggio, Ribera, Georges De La Tour, Joseph Wright of Derby and other painters, in order to focus a spotlight on certain areas of a painting?
Tenebrism
In painting, what do you call the use of strong contrasts between light and dark?
Chiaroscuro
Art
The process of human expression creativity
Art Auction
A public sale in which goods or property are sold to the highest bidder
Auctioneer
A person who conducts auctions by accepting bids and declaring goods sold
Art curator
The keeper or conservator of various works of art or other collections
Pablo Picasso
A cofounder in the movement known as cubism and created the famous painting “The Weeping Woman” in 1937
Frida Kahlo
Created the famous paintings “Without Hope” in 1945 and “The Two Fridas” in 1939
Salvidor Dali
Created the famous paintings “The persistence of Memory” in 1931 and “The melting Watch” in 1954
Jacob Lawrence
Created “The lovers” in 1946 and “this is Harlem” in 1943
Leonardo da Vinci
Created “The Last Supper” between 1495 and 1498 and “The Mona Lisa” in 1503
Claude Monet
Created “The Water Lillies” between 1920-1926 and ” Impression, Sunrise” in 1872
Vincet Van Gogh
Created “The Starry Night” and a self portrait in 1889
abstract
Art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect
landscape
The depiction of a natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests, especially where the main subject is a wide view, with its elements arranged into a coherent (sensible) composition
symmetry
Visually similar on two sides
Realism
The attempt to represent a subject matter truthfully and naturally through ones own artwork
Cultural appropriation
The adoption of elements of one culture by members of another culture without permission
Bid
An offer for something, especially at an auction
Art medium
The material used to create a work of art
Culture
The customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group
Composition
The placement of arrangement of visual elements in a work of art
the name of the game
Black market auction
Art consumption
To buy, use, or take in a form of art
Art Production
To make our manufacture from components or raw materials

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