Art history can be an incredibly complicated topic and a really tough nut to crack for anyone who hasn’t spent years upon years learning the various intricacies and subtleties needed to master the subject.
Luckily for all art lovers who just haven’t got the time to understand all the ins and outs of art history, the internet has provided some hilarious and easy-to-grasp tips on how to recognize the work of famous painters. Here is a list of the funniest and most accurate advice, so that you can impress your friends and family the next time you go to a museum or want to talk about something impressive at the dinner table. Scroll down, upvote your favorites, and leave us a comment with your views about art, classical paintings and what you thought of these tips.
If Everyone – Including The Women – Looks Like Putin, Then It’s Van Eyck
Jan van Eyck
If Everyone Looks Like Hobos Illuminated Only By A Dim Streetlamp, It’s Rembrandt
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
If It’s Something You Saw On Your Acid Trip Last Night, It’s Dali
The person behind most of the art tips is Redditor DontTacoBoutIt. Unfortunately, their account now appears to be dead, but Bored Panda tried reaching out to them for an interview nonetheless. The tips have seen widespread success online, with over 8,800 upvotes and more than 1.17 million views on Imgur.
The Redditor’s explanations about how well-known artists can be recognized at a single glance are as informative as they are blunt and funny. For example, you can know almost for sure that a painting was done by Peter Paul Rubens if everyone’s naked and they all have very large derrières (‘butts’, the word means ‘butts’). And if everyone in a painting looks a bit like Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin, then you can bet your hat that it’s probably Jan van Eyck’s work.
If Everybody Has Some Sort Of Body Malfunction, Then It’s Picasso
Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Dappled Light But No Figures, It’s Monet
If Everyone In The Paintings Has Enormous Asses, Then It’s Rubens
Sir Peter Paul Rubens
So you can show off to your pals even more at your next soirée, here are some more facts to drop about Rubens and van Eyck (besides talking about butts and Putin of course).
A Flemish painter born sometime around 1380-1390, van Eyck is known as one of the early innovators of Early Netherlandish painting and one of the most important representatives of what’s known as Early Northern Renaissance art. As a master painter, he was employed by John III the Pitiless, the ruler of Holland and Hainaut, as well as Philip the Good, the Duke of Burgundy. Van Eyck wasn’t just a painter, he also acted as a diplomat for Philip.
If All The Men Look Like Cow-Eyed Curly-Haired Women, It’s Caravaggio
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Excel Sheet With Coloured Squares, It’s Mondrian
If The Paintings Have Lots Of Little People In Them But Also Have A Ton Of Crazy Bulls#%t, It’s Bosch
Meanwhile, Rubens (who was also a Flemish painter) was born in 1577 and is thought to be the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens was a specialist in making portraits, landscapes, altarpieces, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. Rubens was also a scholar and a diplomat who was knighted by Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England.
If The Paintings Have Tons Of Little People In Them But Otherwise Seem Normal, It’s Bruegel
Amerighi da Caravaggio
Dappled Light And Unhappy Party-Time People, Then It’s Manet
Lord Of The Rings Landscapes With Weird Blue Mist And The Same Wavy-Haired Aristocratic-Nose Madonna, It’s Da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
If You See A Ballerina, It’s Degas
If Everyone Is Beautiful, Naked, And Stacked, It’s Michelangelo
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
If Everything Is Highly-Contrasted And Sharp, Sort Of Bluish, And Everyone Has Gaunt Bearded Faces, It’s El Greco
Doménikos Theotokópoulos - El Greco ("The Greek")
If Every Painting Is The Face Of A Uni-Browed Woman, It’s Frida
If The Images Have A Dark Background And Everyone Has Tortured Expressions On Their Faces, It’s Titian
If The Painting Could Easily Have A Few Chubby Cupids Or Sheep Added (Or Already Has Them), It’s Boucher
Dappled Light And Happy Party-Time People, It’s Renoir