History Quiz: Art

Guess the answers to these questions about art throughout history.
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Last updated: May 6, 2020
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1. Which German painter and printmaker created "Stormtroopers Advancing Under Gas", featuring soldiers wearing gas masks?
Franz Marc
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Otto Dix
He fought in World War I, so the work and others in the series are meant to represent the horrors of war.
2. The Cueva de las Manos, which contain cave paintings of stenciled hands, are in which country?
Cave paintings like these were created by using pipes made out of bones to spray paint (made by combining various materials (for different colours) with fluids) over hands held up to the cave wall.
3. Pieter Bruegel the Elder painted which biblical location in three of his paintings?
Tower of Babel
Land of Nod
They are among the more famous depictions of the mythical building, if not the most famous.
4. What kind of artist was Marianne North?
Abstract artist
Botanical artist
She would go around the world, painting plants with a high level of scientific accuracy, before photography could realistically be used for that purpose.
5. The Roman painter known as the Malibu Painter created what kind of artwork?
Mummy portraits
Triumphal Paintings
Members of the upper class in Roman Egypt often wanted to be mummified, though Roman mummies (known as Fayum mummy portraits) differed from Egyptian mummies: they had wooden boards, featuring naturalistic portraits of the deceased, attached to them.
6. Who created "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters"?
Hieronymus Bosch
Francisco Goya
Francis Bacon
He created the etching in 1799.
7. What type of art is Whakairo?
It is a Māori tradition, and involves elaborate carving in wood, stone or bone.
8. Which artist designed the Xenomorph from the Alien film franchise?
H.R. Giger
Gerald Scarfe
Roger Dean
The Xenomorph is a good example of Giger's work, blending biological and mechanical elements. Roger Dean has created album covers for bands such as Yes, Asia and Budgie, while Gerald Scarfe created some of Pink Floyd's music videos and was a conceptual character artist for the Disney film Hercules.
9. The architecture of the Nabateans (who built Petra) was likely influenced by architecture from which two styles?
Egyptian and Roman
Mesopotamian and Hellenistic
Canaanite and Nubian
The Hellenistic influences can be seen in the usage of porticoes, for instance.
10. Who was born last?
Leonardo da Vinci
He was born on 29th September 1571. Leonardo da Vinci was born on either 14th or 15th April 1452 and Michelangelo was born on 6th March 1475.
11. Which culture used the "gripping beast" motif in their art?
The claws of the beast in the motif usually grip the border around it, neighbouring beasts of parts of its own body.
12. Which one of these painters wasn't an Impressionist?
Pablo Picasso
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Claude Monet
He has been described as a Cubist or Surrealist painter, depending on the painting.
13. Which Ancient Greek sculptor created the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?
It was 12.4 metres tall, and was made out of a wooden frame covered in ivory plates and gold panels. Phidias also created two massive statues of Athena for the Acropolis, one made using the same process as the Statue of Zeus, which was located inside the Parthenon; the other was a massive bronze that stood between the Parthenon and the Propylaea (the gate to the Acropolis). Polykleitos created a statue of an Amazon for Ephesus and a gold and ivory statue of Hera for the Heraion in Argos. Praxiteles is probably most famous for carving nudes, including those of Hermes and of satyrs.
14. Frida Kahlo was married to which other Mexican artist?
José Clemente Orozco
Diego Rivera
David Alfaro Siqueiros
He is probably most famous for his murals.
15. Which of these cathedrals was built in the Baroque style?
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool
York Minster
St Paul's, London
Specifically, it was designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. York Minster is a Gothic cathedral, while Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is an example of modern architecture.
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