Trivia - Painters and Paintings

Test your knowledge of painters and paintings with this fun but challenging trivia quiz. There are 12 trivia questions. Answers can be found at the end of the quiz.

1. How many people can be seen in Diego Velazquez's masterpiece Las Meninas? (See below)
a) 8 b) 9 c) 10 d) 11

2. Although he was primarily a sculptor, this Renaissance artist produced The Last Judgement -- widely considered one of the greatest mural paintings in art history. 
a) Leonardo da Vinci b) Raphael c) Donatello d) Michelangelo

3. How did the great Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh die?
a) Old age or natural cause b) Suicide c) Illness d) Accident

4. True or False. Many ancient and pre-modern Chinese paintings include inscribed poetry.

5. Claude Monet was renowned for his paintings of waterlilies. The primary setting for these paintings was at his property in ________.
a) Giverny b) Paris c) Toulouse d) Annecy 

6. Who is the finger-raising apostle in Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper? (See below)
a) Peter b) Thomas c) Judas d) John the Apostle 

7. True or False. Photorealism is an art movement in which the artist takes photos of a scene and combines them to create a collage.

8. George Catlin was an American painter specialized in depicting the every day’s life of which group of people?
a) Southerners b) African Americans c) Indian tribes d) New Yorkers

9. What is the profession of the man in Grant Wood's American Gothic?
a) Soldier b) Lawyer c) Taxi driver d) Bartender e) Farmer

10. What is the name of the Japanese mountain in the background of Hokusai's The Great Wave?
a) Mount Yotei b) Mount Haku c) Mount Fuji d) There's no mountain in the background

11. Which of these animals is not commonly featured in ancient Chinese paintings?
a) Panda b) Tiger c) Crane d) Swallow e) Horse

12. Who was the author of this sunflower painting? (See below)
a) Vitali Komarov b) Paul Gauguin c) Gustav Klimt d) Vincent van Gogh

Answer Key:
1)d 2)d 3)b 4)True 5)a 6)b 7)False 8)c 9)e 10)c 11)a 12)d

Master - 12 correct answers
Expert - 10 to 11 correct answers
Intermediate - 7 to 9 correct
Beginner - 4 to 6 correct
Novice - Less than 4 correct

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