Name That Painting!

In February 2010, the Paris-based band Hold Your Horses! released a music video to go with their song “70 Million,” which became an immediate success. In the video, the band members recreated famous paintings, taking the viewer on an entertaining tour through art history. Try to identify as many paintings as possible, then compare your results with the list of the actual paintings below the jump. Enjoy – and let us know your scores! And, of course, Happy Bastille Day.

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These are the paintings recreated in the video:

1. Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper (1495-1498)

2. Sandro Botticelli: The Birth of Venus (c. 1486)

3. Rembrandt: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1632)

4. Hans Holbein: Henry VIII (1536) / Johannes Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665)

5. Théodore Géricault: The Raft of the Medusa (1818-1819)

6. Jacques-Louis David: The Death of Marat (1793)

7. Michelangelo: The Creation of Adam (c. 1511)

8. René Magritte: The Son of Man (1964)

9. Piet Mondrian: Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow (1930)

10. Frida Kahlo: Self-Portrait (1938)

11. Pablo Picasso: Portrait of Dora Maar Seated (1937)

12. Edvard Munch: The Scream (1893)

13. Vincent van Gogh: Self-Portrait With Bandaged Ear (1889)

14. Andy Warhol: The Shot Marilyns (1964)

15. Unknown: Gabrielle d’Estrées et une de ses sœurs (c. 1594)

16. Cimabue: Madonna and Child Enthroned with Eight Angels and Four Prophets (1280)

17. Caravaggio: The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist (1608)

18. Édouard Manet: Olympia (1863)

19. Eugène Delacroix: Liberty Leading the People (1830)

20. Otto Dix: Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden (1926)

21. Gustav Klimt: The Kiss (1907-1908)

– repetition of 10, 13, 9, 11, 8, 12, 14 –

22. Marc Chagall: The Bride (1950)

23. Diego Velázquez: Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor) (1656)

24. Vincent van Gogh: Sunflowers (1888)

Bonus material: PromoNews has conducted an interview with the directors of this music video. A side-by-side comparison of the recreated paintings and the originals can be found here, high-resolution scans here. Last but not least: the lyrics to the song.

By profession, Matthias Rascher teaches English and History at a High School in northern Bavaria, Germany. In his free time he scours the web for good links and posts the best finds on Twitter.

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