Quiz: Portraiture

  • 4 February 2015

Celebrate a great season of portrait exhibitions with our daring quiz on the subject.

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    From selfies and sitters to singers and John Singer Sargent – step up to the challenge and test your knowledge of famous portraits throughout the ages. Warning: contains some moustaches.

  • Question 1 of 8

    Tate Modern's Marlene Dumas exhibition runs from 5 February – 10 May 2015. This is a detail from the artist's portrait of...

  • Question 2 of 8

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    An exhibition of John Singer Sargent's portraits runs at the National Portrait Gallery from 12 February – 25 May 2015. Which of these is not by Sargent?

  • Question 3 of 8

    Which famous British artist is Maggi Hambling's portrait of?

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    Which of these portraits by Van Dyck is the self-portrait that Art Fund campaigned to help the National Portrait Gallery buy for their collection in 2014?

  • Question 5 of 8

    This portrait of art dealer Alexander Reid is by which artist?

  • Question 6 of 8

    Which female literary hero is Vanessa Bell's colourful portrait of?

  • Question 7 of 8

    This famous 18th-century portrait entitled Mr and Mrs Andrews hangs in the National Gallery thanks to an Art Fund grant. Which pre-eminent painter is it by?

  • Question 8 of 8

    This portrait of the Brit-pop band Blur is now owned by the National Portrait Gallery, which artist produced the image for the cover of their 2000 album Blur: the best of?

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    1. 1.  Tate Modern's Marlene Dumas exhibition runs from 5 February – 10 May 2015. This is a detail from the artist's portrait of...
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    2. Correct answer: Amy Winehouse
    3. 2.  An exhibition of John Singer Sargent's portraits runs at the National Portrait Gallery from 12 February – 25 May 2015. Which of these is not by Sargent?
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    4. Correct answer: Claude Phillip Martin
    5. 3.  Which famous British artist is Maggi Hambling's portrait of?
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    6. Correct answer: Francis Bacon
    7. 4.  Which of these portraits by Van Dyck is the self-portrait that Art Fund campaigned to help the National Portrait Gallery buy for their collection in 2014?
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    8. Correct answer: Portrait four
    9. 5.  This portrait of art dealer Alexander Reid is by which artist?
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    10. Correct answer: Van Gogh
    11. 6.  Which female literary hero is Vanessa Bell's colourful portrait of?
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    12. Correct answer: Virginia Woolf
    13. 7.  This famous 18th-century portrait entitled Mr and Mrs Andrews hangs in the National Gallery thanks to an Art Fund grant. Which pre-eminent painter is it by?
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    14. Correct answer: Thomas Gainsborough
    15. 8.  This portrait of the Brit-pop band Blur is now owned by the National Portrait Gallery, which artist produced the image for the cover of their 2000 album Blur: the best of?
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    16. Correct answer: Julian Opie

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Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is at the National Portrait Gallery, 12 February – 25 May. Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden is at Tate Modern, 5 February – 10 May. Both are 50% off with a National Art Pass.