These fun art trivia questions will delight you whether you are an expert or a novice appreciator. Learn about famous artists, paintings, styles, and history in this lively trivia for all ages!
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General Art Trivia: Types of Art
First, how much do you know about the different types of art out there? Test yourself and see!
1. What is the art of making pottery known as?
2. What is the art of paper-folding known as?
3. What type of art did ancient Egyptians use to communicate with?
4. Where did the art form of calligraphy originate?
5. What is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials known as?
6. What is relief carving?
The art of carving designs into wood or stone.
7. What is the name for art that does not depict recognizable objects and instead uses shapes, color, and textures to create an effect?
8. The art of creating images by chiseling or scraping away at a surface is known as what?
9. What is the Japanese art of flower arranging called?
10. What form of pottery takes its name from the Italian for “baked earth”?
11. How many types of art are there?
7 (painting, architecture, sculpture, literature, music, performing, and cinema.)
Art Trivia: Famous Artists Quiz
These artists made the greatest works of our time (and long before our time).
12. What famous Italian artist was also an inventor, musician, and scientist?
Leonardo da Vinci
13. What artist was known for his unique style of drip painting, and creating abstract expressionist works?
14. What artist had a famous series of water lilies paintings inspired by the pond in his garden in Giverny?
15. What artist is regarded as one of the greatest artists of Holland’s “Golden Age” and was a master of light and shadow, creating dramatic effects in his paintings?
16. Who painted the famous portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, also known as the Woman in Gold?
17. What artist is famous for her paintings of flowers, southwestern landscapes, and animal skulls?
18. What artist was a leading figure in the pop art movement and created iconic images of celebrities and everyday objects?
19. What American painter and printmaker was known for her images of the social and private lives of women?
20. What Russian artist is credited as a pioneer of abstract art and believed that colors and shapes had spiritual qualities?
21. Which Russian-French artist was known for his dreamlike, surreal paintings?
22. What artist painted the ceiling of the famous Sistine Chapel over a period of four years?
23. What artist is known for his surrealist paintings, including The Persistence of Memory?
24. What French artist was a leader of the Fauvism movement and known for using bright and bold colors?
25. This Dutch painter was especially known for his use of light and color in paintings of 17th-century daily life. Who was it?
26. What Mexican artist, remembered for her self-portraits, was born and died in the same house? It is now a museum in Mexico City.
27. This Spanish artist is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century for his role in pioneering Cubism. Who is it?
28. What realist artist’s paintings captured the loneliness and isolation of modern life in America?
29. What England-based street artist and political activist has used a pseudonym and whose real identify has never been discovered?
30. What famous artist’s paintings became very popular after his death?
Vincent Van Gogh
31. What Spanish surrealist painter and printmaker was expelled from art school saying that no one on the faculty was qualified to examine him?
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32. Where is the world’s largest art museum, the Louvre, located?
33. What flower is Claude Monet particularly known for?
34. What famous sculpture was a gift from France to the United States in 1886 and has welcomed all who have come to New York Harbor since?
The Statue of Liberty
35. What primary color has been used in art for over 6,000 years and is the most expensive color to produce?
36. What famous work of art was stolen from the Louvre in 1911 and recovered two years later?
The Mona Lisa
37. What famous painter cut off his own left ear?
Vincent Van Gogh
38. What French term meaning rebirth, refers to a period of renewed interest in classical art and learning?
39. What famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh was painted while he was in a mental asylum?
The Starry Night
40. What famous Michelangelo sculpture stands 17 feet tall and has unusually large hands and head, which was intentional to make it appear proportional from a distance?
41. What artist hosted the PBS television program “The Joy of Painting” and is recognized by his abundant hair and has a love of happy trees?
42. What are the three primary colors?
Red, blue, and yellow
43. What are the colors called by mixing equal amounts of two primary colors?
44. What type of art refers to art produced from the 1960s until today?
45. What term can be applied to art and comes from the French military term meaning “advance guard”?
Art Trivia Questions About Famous Pieces of Art
Use these visual art quiz questions and answers to learn more about the more famous works.
46. What famous painting by Salvador Dali features melting clocks?
The Persistence of Memory
47. What famous sculpture by Rodin was originally intended to depict Dante Alighieri contemplating his poem, “The Divine Comedy”?
48. What famous painting by Gustav Klimt is a symbol of eternal love?
49. In 2000, Karen LaMonte created a monumental lifelike glass sculpture of a dress. What did she call this sculpture?
50. This famous painting by Edvard Munch in 1893 was actually a series of four paintings. What is it?
51. The tallest statue in the world is the Statue of Unity which stands 597 feet. Where is this statue located?
52. One of the world’s largest public murals is in Los Angeles, CA. It stretches over half a mile. What is it called?
The Great Wall of Los Angeles
53. In 1826, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce took the first photograph ever taken at his family’s country home. What was it called?
View From the Window at Le Gras
54. What famous fountain in Rome, Italy was designed by Italian architect, Nicola Salvi?
55. What famous painting by Claude Monet is actually a series of about 250 oil paintings?
56. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon was a groundbreaking work that paved the way for Cubism by what famous painter?
57. What painting by Leonardo da Vinci is the world’s most expensive painting selling for $450.3 million in 2017?
58. The term ‘impressionism’ was coined after the painting of this work of art by Claude Monet. What is it?
The Last Supper
60. What famous painting by Grant Wood was inspired by a farmhouse in Eldon Iowa?
61. What famous statue of Michelangelo’s was originally intended to be placed on the roof of Florence Cathedral?
62. This famous 1871 painting by James McNeill Whistler is actually titled “Arrangement in Grey and Block No. 1.” But it is better known as what?
63. In the famous painting Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, instead of an actual pearl earring, what is the girl wearing?
A piece of shiny metal
64. What famous painting pictured here by Sandro Botticelli was originally commissioned by the Medici family?
The Birth of Venus
65. Where is Michelangelo’s work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel located?
Within the Vatican.
66. This is arguably the most famous painting in the world. (Hint: It’s by Leonardo da Vinci)
The Mona Lisa
67. Pablo Picasso’s famous painting, Guernica, depicts what?
War (He painted it in response to the 1937 bombing of Guernica)
68. This is Diego Velázquez’s most famous painting. It depicts Spanish royalty and also a self-portrait of the painter.
69. This Vincent Van Gogh painting is one of the most recognized and beloved paintings in history. What is it?
A Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
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70. True or False: Pablo Picasso’s full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.
71. True or False: The art movement known as Surrealism was influenced by Freud’s theories of dreams and the subconscious mind.
72. What famous painter was questioned by the police about the theft of the Mona Lisa?
73. What happened to the nose of the Great Sphinx of Giza?
It was intentionally destroyed by vandals.
74. What food was the inspiration for the famous painting The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali?
75. The artist Rembrandt had what type of pet? He often painted it into his artwork.
76. What animal did Salvador Dali use to carry around with him for inspiration?
77. Claude Monet suffered from this condition in his later years which influenced his use of color.
True- She did originally have them when Da Vinci painted her, but they have eroded to the point they are no longer visible.
79. Frido Kahlo’s self-portraits were a way for her to cope with chronic pain after what type of accident?
80. While sculptor Willard Wigan was creating a microscopic scene from Alice in Wonderland, what did he accidentally do?
81. What was Andy Warhol’s real name?
82. The Scream, by Edvard Munch was stolen how many times from museums in Oslo, Norway?
83. In 2019, Maurizio Cattelan sold an art installation of what item taped to a wall? He called it Comedian and sold it for $120,000?
84. What type of pet did Salvador Dali have that was named Babou?
85. What famous painter was left-handed but trained himself at a young age to be right-handed?
86. What did Henri Matisse do before becoming an artist?
He was a lawyer
87. At 44, Frida Kahlo had her first solo exhibition of paintings in Mexico in 1953, a year before what?
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Art Trivia Quiz: Name The Picture
For these art trivia questions, name the famous artwork and the artist in the following pictures:
88. The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
89. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
90. The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
91. Water Lilies by Claude Monet
92. Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
93. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
94. The Scream by Edvard Munch (picture shown in black and white here)
95. David by Michelangelo
96. The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
97. Winged Victory of Samothrace (artist unknown, but it is believed to have been ordered by Demetrius Poliocretes between 295 and 290 B.C.)
98. Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch
99. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette by Georges Seurat
100. The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
Art Trivia History True or False Quiz
Next, thee art history questions and answers around the world might surprise you.
101. The Sumerian “Standard of Ur” was discovered in the ancient city of Ur – present day Turkey.
102. True or False: There are five versions of The Scream by Edvard Munch.
103. The oldest known cave paintings are located in Greece.
False. They are located in Indonesia. And are over 40,000 years old.
104. The art style known as “Pop Art” became popular in the 1950s and 1960s.
105. The Statue of Liberty was created by an Australian sculptor.
False. It was created by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi.
106. Salvador Dali used a key to help him remember his dreams so he could paint them.
True. The key would drop into a plate once he fell into a deep sleep, and then he would wake up and remember the dream.
107. The style of Art Deco flourished in the 1990s.
False. It was most popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
108. Rapa Nui carvers created the Moai the colossal stone figures on Easter Island.
109. Linear perspective was a significant advancement in Renaissance art. It allowed artists to move toward a more realistic portrayal of nature and the illusion of depth.
110. The Sistine Chapel took 3 years for Michaelangelo to complete.
False. It took 4 years.
111. Impressionist painters used long, thin strokes of paint to capture the fleeting effects of light and color.
False. They used short, thick strokes of paint.
Fun Facts About Making Art
112. Name two famous painting techniques.
Here are four: Watercolor painting, oil painting, spray painting, and acrylic painting.
113. Why would someone choose oil paints over the other options?
Your choice for rich colors and a glossy finish. It involves using slow-drying oil paints, making it easier for you to blend and create textured artwork.
114. Of the four painting techniques in #112, which is most popular for street painting or graffiti?
115. When creating a sculpture, what is it called when you create a mold from an existing object or model, then pour molten materials into the mold to create a replica?
116. When you carve to make a sculpture, what are you doing?
Removing material to get to your desired form.
117. Does long exposure photography capture more or less light?
More (making it great for night photography or motion blur)
118. What is portrait photography?
When a photographer captures a person’s expressions and personality.
119. The word “Photography” comes from Greek. What does it mean?
To draw with light. The earliest known use of the word photograph was in 1839 by the astronomer Sir John Herschel. (source)
120. Of the three art forms of painting, sculpting, and photography, which is your favorite?
Any answer is correct!
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