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Painting

These are essentially questions about paintings and painters, that don't simply ask who painted one or more particular paintings.

Paintings

Title of a famous painting by Manet, also applied to one by Degas (the latter being properly called A Sketch of a French Café, later called L'Absinthe) Click to show or hide the answer
Fresco by Giotto, dated 1305–6 – one of a series on the life and passion of Jesus, in the Arena Chapel in Padua – which shows Halley's Comet as the Star of Bethlehem (after the painter is believed to have observed it in 1301) – leading to the 1986 ESA space probe being named after him Click to show or hide the answer
Painting by Holbein, with a distorted skull in the foreground only seen in the right proportions from a particular angle Click to show or hide the answer
Matisse painting reportedly hung upside down for 47 days in 1961 by the New York Museum of Modern Art Click to show or hide the answer
Painting by John Everett Millais, 1871: depicts a scene on the sea front at Budleigh Salterton, Devon; came to epitomise the culture of heroic imperialism in late Victorian Britain Click to show or hide the answer
The most famous section of Michelangelo's ceiling to the Sistine Chapel: reproduced in countless contexts, including (a detail) in the title sequence to ITV's The South Bank Show Click to show or hide the answer
Matisse: controversial portrait of his wife, 1905 Click to show or hide the answer
Picasso painting of the bombing of a Spanish town during the Civil War; originally exhibited at the Paris International Exposition in 37; then toured Scandinavia and arrived in London the day after the signing of the Munich agreement; sent to the USA to raise funds for Spanish refugees, and entrusted at Picasso's request to the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA); returned to Spain in 1981; kept initially in the Prado, but moved in 1992 (with the rest of the 20th century collection) to the Reina Sofia (also in Madrid) Click to show or hide the answer
Series of paintings and engravings by Hogarth, 1731–2: shows the story of a young woman, M. (Moll or Mary) Hackabout, who arrives in London from the country and becomes a prostitute; inspired a TV film (Channel 4, 2006) and an opera by the British composer Iain Bell (2013) Click to show or hide the answer
Willy Lott's House (or cottage, or farm) is depicted in (Constable) Click to show or hide the answer
1872 painting of the harbour at Le Havre (his home town) by Monet, said to have given the name to the Impressionist movement (exhibited at the 'Exhibition of the Impressionists' in 1874) Click to show or hide the answer
Major work by Michelangelo, on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel Click to show or hide the answer
Famous fresco (by Leonardo) in the refectory of the Monastery of Santa Maria Della Grazie, Milan Click to show or hide the answer
Series of six paintings by Hogarth, 1743–5: The Marriage Settlement, The Tête à Tête, The Inspection, The Toilette, The Bagnio, The Lady's Death (this series was not as well received as the earlier A Harlot's Progress or A Rake's Progress) Click to show or hide the answer
La Gioconda (from the name of the supposed sitter – the wife of Francisco del Giaconda – née Gherardini): better known as Click to show or hide the answer
Stolen from The Louvre in 1911, returned there in 1913
David Hockney's 1970–1 portrait of the textile designer Celia Birtwell, her (more famous) fashion designer husband, and one of their cats Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch (Rembrandt, 1642): popular title Click to show or hide the answer
The 1819 painting that made the name of the French painter Théodore Géricault: depicting the aftermath of a famous incident that occurred in 1816, when a French frigate ran aground off the north–west coast of Africa (Géricault died in 1824, aged 32) Click to show or hide the answer
Series of eight paintings by Hogarth (1732–3, published from engravings in 1734): inspired a ballet by Gavin Gordon, choreographed by Ninette de Valois (1935) and an opera by Stravinsky (also 1935) Click to show or hide the answer
Episode from the legendary history of Rome (traditionally dated to 750 BC) that has inspired works by Poussin (two versions, 1634–5), Rubens (1635–40), David (1799), Degas (c. 1861–2, after Poussin) and Picasso (several versions, 1962–3), among others Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
The only painting sold by Van Gogh in his lifetime Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Series of images – 3 paintings, 2 pastels, 1 lithograph – by Edvard Munch, 1893–1910, depicting an agonised figure against a blood–red sky; one was stolen from the Norwegian National Gallery in 1994 (recovered later the same year); one from the Munch Museum (Oslo) in 2004, recovered in 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Magritte, 1946: showing a man in an overcoat and a bowler hat, with his face almost hidden by an apple Click to show or hide the answer
Van Gogh painting sold for £24m in 1987 Click to show or hide the answer
Popular name for Velasquez's The Toilet of Venus (a.k.a. Venus at her Mirror, or Venus and Cupid) – after the stately home in County Durham where it was displayed from 1813 to 1906 (now in the National Gallery, and a copy can be seen in the house; the National Gallery original was badly damaged in 1914 by the suffragette Mary Richardson) Click to show or hide the answer
Famous drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, depicting a nude male figure with arms and legs in two positions, superimposed on a circle and a square; named after a Roman architect of the 1st century BC, on whose description it's based; used in the title sequence of the long–running (1963–98) ITV documentary series World in Action Click to show or hide the answer
Arrangement in grey and black, no. 1: better known as Click to show or hide the answer
Constable's A Scene on the River Stour became known as Click to show or hide the answer

People

The Series of the Months (often referred to as The Months of the Year) (1565) is the supreme achievement of Click to show or hide the answer
The Maya in Goya's two paintings (clothed and naked) Click to show or hide the answer
English painter and critic who painted Napoleon as a prisoner and became Director of the National Gallery in 1855 Click to show or hide the answer
Painter of The Disasters of War; became completely deaf in 1792 Click to show or hide the answer
Singer, often painted by Toulouse–Lautrec wearing long black gloves Click to show or hide the answer
Ana Maria: frequently modelled for Dali in the mid–1920s. Was Click to show or hide the answer
Sons of Pieter Breugel: Pieter the Younger and Click to show or hide the answer
US President painted by Pietro Annigoni Click to show or hide the answer
South Bank Show: two hands come from The Creation of Adam by Click to show or hide the answer
Subject of A Very Gallant Gentleman (1913), by J. C. Dolland (the title echoing his epitaph) Click to show or hide the answer
Has had more portraits painted of her than any other person Click to show or hide the answer
Black on Maroon, vandalised at London's Tate Modern in October 2012, was by (Russian–born American painter) Click to show or hide the answer
Ceiling of the Banqueting House, Whitehall Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Cookham, Berks, which he described as "Heaven on Earth" Click to show or hide the answer
1766 treatise The Anatomy of the Horse Click to show or hide the answer
The Langlois Bridge at Arles, in southern France (a drawbridge on a canal), is the subject of four oil paintings, one watercolour and four drawings by Click to show or hide the answer
Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album: sleeve design; and the Stones' tongue logo Click to show or hide the answer
We Two Boys Together Clinging (Hockney, 1961): named after a poem by Click to show or hide the answer

Other

Famous British beer, bottles of which appear in Manet's A Bar at the Folies Bergeres Click to show or hide the answer
Mr. & Mrs. Clark and Percy (David Hockney, 1970–1): Percy is a Click to show or hide the answer
El Paradiso (Paradise) – the largest 'old master' in the world – is in Click to show or hide the answer
Hubert and Jan van Eyck: famous altarpiece at Click to show or hide the answer
The English painters Nicholas Hilliard (c. 1547–1619), Richard Cosway (1742–1821) and George Engleheart (1750–1829) were famous for Click to show or hide the answer
In Botticelli's The Birth of Venus (c. 1486), Venus is standing on a Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Frescoes depicting God's Creation of the World, God's relationship with Mankind, Mankind's fall from God's Grace (including "the creation of Adam") Click to show or hide the answer
River that features in many paintings by Constable Click to show or hide the answer
Collection housed at Hertford House in London's West End Click to show or hide the answer
The world's finest collection of the drawings of Leonardo is at Click to show or hide the answer

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