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People Depicted in Paintings

Name the real and mythological people depicted in these paintings.
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Last updated: August 10, 2018
First submittedAugust 10, 2018
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level ∞
Aug 10, 2018
#14 is really tough, I know. But it is a very famous painting.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Marat
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level 77
Aug 10, 2018
Thank you, Al Stewart's "Palace of Versailles"!
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level 82
Aug 11, 2018
I forgot his name, but I've seen the painting this last month on a tv program where they explained a lot about it. Never saw it before that.
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level 49
Aug 11, 2018
Marat is in lots of wax museums.
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level 67
Aug 15, 2018
Like the others I recognise the painting but I would never have got the answer. I've not heard the name before.
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level 74
Aug 16, 2018
Marat stabbed in the bath is very famous - the iconic painting of the French Revolution, yet the lowest guessed at 34%. The could-be-anybody Rembrandt was gotten by 84%. What am I missing?
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level 78
Aug 21, 2018
If I'm not mistaken, the painting has been cropped just a little. In the images that I have seen, mainly in French history and art history classes the painting has the subject's and the artist's names in the lower right corner. Of course, that would have ruined it for the quiz, but it makes it easier to remember who he was after you've seen it a few times.
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level 61
Nov 25, 2018
I recognize the painting of Marat, but I could not recall his name. I got Rembrandt correct...I didn't know it was him on sight, but it looks very much like an artist in that picture, and I generally recognize the style of the painting to be the style of the Dutch masters, so...Rembrandt is an obvious choice from there.
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level 69
Nov 25, 2018
I know who Marat is but had never seen the painting before
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level 77
Nov 25, 2018
That portrait of Rembrandt is ubiquitous. You see it all the time. Also.... people have heard of Rembrandt before.
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level 37
Nov 25, 2018
I mistakenly thought Marat was the artist, not the character depicted. Boy did I feel stupid when I saw the answer.
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level 77
Nov 25, 2018
That's the only one I missed. Don't even know who that is.
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level 76
Nov 25, 2018
I've never seen the portrait, but I saw the play, Marat/Sade, a shortened name of the correct title, "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade," and it was an easy guess. (It was a very strange play.)
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level 57
Nov 26, 2018
Excellent! I tried Jacobin for #14 -- because you never know what the Quizmaster might have permitted :-) Then tried "Jean Paul" (couldn't remember Marat at first) and even David (the painter), on the same theory. Great choice of a painting. It's very famous, but it's interesting that the actual subject, a huge deal at the time, has slipped into relative obscurity - so that it's the painter, and not the person, that I bet most people would remember! It'd be fun to have a whole quiz of famous paintings of now-obscure "famous subjects."
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level 64
Nov 26, 2018
I totally remembered who he was and the circumstances of his death, but blanked on his name.
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level 65
Aug 10, 2018
Great concept for a quiz! Got stumped only on Cleopatra but in the last seconds I noticed the bottom of the Isis symbol... the goddess she is supposed to embody. I love many of these paintings, nice one!
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level 49
Aug 11, 2018
You are observant!
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level 57
Nov 26, 2018
Plus, who would a Victorian painter show as a dark and sultry temptress wearing a crown and sitting on a throne under an Egyptian symbol showing snakes? Not many candidates!
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level 72
Aug 10, 2018
Quite a few imaginary characters here, does anyone know what they actually looked like?! Especially "Adam" who is reaching out to a hand older than his, which would make him, er, not the first dude on Earth...
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level 49
Aug 11, 2018
To pose for the sitting, God's arm had to come into concretion.
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level ∞
Nov 25, 2018
Jerry928 are you trolling?
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level 67
Aug 11, 2018
Good quiz, not too difficult as the pictures were well chosen.
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level 80
Aug 11, 2018
Finally all those art history classes pay off!
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level 49
Aug 11, 2018
So you didn't attend them high. Good move for you.
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level 27
Aug 12, 2018
Wow I definitely need to up my game at art history.
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level 69
Nov 25, 2018
lovelllly quiz that i've been waiting for to be made because i'm a lazy hoe :^) although it is rather easy, i have to say...even marat, supposedly the more difficult painting, is easily recognizable for anyone with a vague interest in art and the more famous paintings/artists
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level 65
Nov 25, 2018
I totally agree. Knowledge of history plays a role too. In Italian first grades of primary school French Revolution is stressed for its breakthrough standing and if you ask a kid "gimme three names of revolutionaries" they will be Robespierre, Danton and Marat.
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level 45
Nov 25, 2018
Great quiz
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level 65
Nov 25, 2018
For people living outside anglosaxon mainstream and with minimum knowledge in arts and history the tough one is Lady Godiva, not Marat for sure
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level 80
Jan 12, 2019
Agreed, even for this person living within the anglosaxon mainstream. I was happy to stare for a while though at the Lady. :-)
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level 38
Nov 25, 2018
Got Godiva; missed Marat (thought that he was the artist, not the subject); Confucius (looked vaguely like Rasputin to me) and I never saw this particular depiction of Odysseus.
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level 60
Nov 25, 2018
You accept "Marie" and "Mary", but not "King Henry"?
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level 47
Nov 26, 2018
There have been eight Henrys thus far. I think the quizmaster was looking for something more specific.
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level 61
Nov 27, 2018
Please consider Kǒng Fūzǐ for #16 in addition to his Latinized name.