A Silly but Helpful Guide to Identifying the Artist Behind Famous Paintings

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Art history isn’t everyone’s bag, but there is definitely value in being able to look at a painting and know whose brush brought it to life.

And while it takes years for scholars to study the intricacies and subtleties of why the paintings of particular artists look the way they do, you can learn to spot them at a glance with these simple, hilarious tricks.

Van Eyck

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#Repost @classicartworks ・・・ Jan van Eyck | The Arnolfini Portrait | 1434 | @national_gallery | #classicartworks #janvaneyck #vaneyck #nationalgallery

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Everyone, including the women, looks like Vladamir Putin.


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⏰ Europe, tonight, the clocks are changing for one of the last times ever. ? @themuseumofmodernart A detail Salvador Dalí The Persistence of Memory 1931 #clocks #europe #salvadordali #dali #surrealism

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If you’ve ever had an acid trip, this is what it looked like. If you haven’t, well, use your imagination.


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LONG LIVE REMBRANDT! #Rembrandt passed away #onthisday in 1669, exactly 350 years ago. Rembrandt sketched, etched and painted his self-portrait over 80 times; we can see him aging from a young man to a grey-haired old man. This painting was dated in the year he died; 1669. Despite the grey hair, double chin and bags under his eyes, there is nothing to suggest death is near. Curious to discover this painting in detail? Check today's story. #mauritshuis #thehague #amsterdam #leiden #instaart

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Everyone is a hobo illuminated by a dim streetlamp. Even himself.


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How the world-famous painter Bosch understands the life and universe. The most friendly personages from his paintings are even met on the streets and in parks. #netherlands #denbosch #boschpaintings #hertogenbosch

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Lots of tiny people, lots of other insane crap going on, too.


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Auguri mitico Plabo ?? !!! #pablopicasso #picassopainting #ritratto dimarietherese #painting #quadri #happybirthdaypablopicasso

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There’s not a single “normal” body in the bunch.

Da Vinci

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#LEONARDESCHI On the occasion of Leonardo Da Vinci’s exhibition at the Louvre museum, let’s discover a masterpiece by Cesare Magni, from the Leonardeschi School. To create this peaceful Virgin and Child, the Italian painter from Milan was inspired by theories of perspective, balance, perception of nature and the use of light. But one of the great interests of this piece is its dating! Indeed, if Magni's well-known 1530s paintings were copies of Raphael or Da Vinci, this painting from 1523 is an original artwork, unique in its own! Hit the link in our bio for further information! . CESARE MAGNI The Virgin and Child – 1523 Estimate: 200,000 – 300,000 € / 220,860 – 331,290 $ . Old Master & 19th Century Art Auction on November 13 at 6pm Exhibitions on November 8 to 13, 11am – 6pm . . . #artcurial #auctionhouse #artcollection #artcollector #cesaremagni #virginandchild #madone #renaissance #oldmaster #italianpainter #milan #leonarddevinci #renaissanceart #leonardeschi #louvre #louvremuseum #leonardodavinci #davinci

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Lord of the Rings featuring wavy-haired Madonnas instead of Hobbits.


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‘The Ballet Class’, 1871-1874 by Edgar Degas. The painting depicts dancers at the end of a lesson under ballet master Jules Perrot. Perrot and Degas were friends, and Degas painted the dance class in the Paris Opera a year after it burnt down. This painting is present at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France.

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Look for the ballerinas, my friends.


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Is that green tea ice cream? #manet #fakemarble #olivemartini

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Are fancy people not having fun at parties? It’s Manet.


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Pierre Auguste Renoir – Dance at the Moulin de la Galette ( Musée d'Orsay ) #pierreaugusterenoir #renoir #impressionism #impressionismus #museedorsay #paris #painting #art #frenchart #arthistory #kunstgeschichte #kunst #fotografie #photography

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Fancy people are having fun at parties!


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#Michelangelo #renaissance #art #museum #italy #florence #uffizigallery #botticelli #leonardodavinci #painting #lovetravel #sarcoidosis #thebirthofvenus #david #comics #lucca #botticelli

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Everyone is naked, beautiful, and ripped. We’re talking men with 10-packs.


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"IMPRESSION SOLEIL LEVANT" obra del pintor francés Claude Monet . En 1874, un grupo de jóvenes pintores rechazados por el Salón oficial decidió exponer sus obras en el taller del fotógrafo Nadar. Monet presentó, entre otras obras, esta marina pintada dos años atrás. Escribió a uno de sus amigos: "He enviado a la exposición una cosa hecha en el Havre desde mi ventana, con el sol entre la bruma, y en primer plano, unos mástiles apenas apuntando. me han pedido que le dé título. Como no podía ser una Vista de El Havre, les he respondido: Llamadla Impresión". Edmond Renoir, hermano del pintor, que fue responsable del catálogo de la exposición, añadió amanecer para hacer la denominación mas figurativa. De esta forma el cuadro quedaba titulado: Impression soleil levant (Impresión del sol naciente) . Para conocer más sobre esta bella pintura visita nuestro blog. #arte #art #arthistory #arthistorian #historians #historiadelarte #historyofart #pintura #picture #artista #artistsoninstagram #artoftheday #artsy #arts #artcurator #artwork #arttoday #monet

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Dappled light and no people.


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While out hunting, Actaeon accidentally stumbles upon the secret bathing place of Diana, chaste goddess of the hunt, and sees her naked. His fate is foretold by the stag’s skull on the plinth and the skins of Diana’s former prey hanging above her head. The conclusion of the story is shown in another painting by Titian our collection called 'The Death of Actaeon'. The outraged goddess transforms Actaeon into a stag to be torn apart by his own hounds. The paintings were part of a famous series of mythological pictures made for King Philip II of Spain when Titian was at the height of his powers. Works of unprecedented beauty and inventiveness, their subjects were based on the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses – Titian himself referred to them as ‘poesie’ (poems). 'Diana and Actaeon' was designed to be hung together with 'Diana and Callisto' (co-owned by the National Gallery and @natgalleriessco) – a stream runs between them. Detail from Titian, 'Diana and Actaeon', 1556-9 © The National Gallery, London. #titian #dianaandactaeon #renaissance #art #arthistory #painting #gallery #instamuseum #artwork #oilpainting #artmuseum #gallery #nationalgallerylondon #trafalgarsquare

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The world is dark and people are tortured.


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Concerto di giovani, Caravaggio, 1595. Il committente di questo dipinto è il Cardinale Francesco Maria Del Monte. Il Caravaggio dipinge questi giovani con vesti tipiche dell'antica Roma, per essere più precisi con vesti di età ellenica. I ragazzi sono tre vi è quello "situato" al centro, un altro alle sue spalle e l'altro di spalle, tutti e tre sono impegnati a suonare diversi strumenti musicali. Quello a sinistra della tela con le ali è Cupido che invece è impegnato a gustare un grappolo d'uva. Il ragazzo al centro è Mario Menniti un caro amico dell'artista, il ragazzo accanto Minniti ha i lineamenti che ricordano quelli del Merisi. Gli oggetti di quest'opera sono: vari spartiti musicali sui quali sono riportati dei madrigali (tema esaltazione dell'amore). Il liutista al centro sembra quasi che stia per piangere e si strugge al suono di questi versi d'amore (effetti negativi dell'amore). Vi è un violino in primo piano, nessuno lo sta suonando, per cui sembra quasi che il musicista mancante è l'osservatore di questa scena. #caravaggio #concertodigiovani #barocco #instaday #instadaily #instamood #photooftheday #photo #photography #shoot #igersitalia #art #storiadellarte #likeforlikes

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The men look like curly-haired, big-eyed women.

Frida Kahlo

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La obra de la que forma parte el ojo de la publicación anterior es: Autorretrato con collar de espinas y colibrí de 1940, actualmente pertenece a la Colección Nickolas Muray, fotógrafo Húngaro-Americano y quien sería uno de sus amantes más serios. ¿Acertaron fridalovers? ????? #fridakahlo #fridalove #fridalovers #fridapainting #fridakahlostyle #mexicanartist #friducha #fridaesméxico #fridaenplaya

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Everyone has a unibrow. Also, it’s mostly just Frida Kahlo.

Go ahead and thank the internet for making you look super smart next time you head to the museum.