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121 Things You Need To Know About Art & Architecture

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121 Things You Need To Know About Art & Architecture

Our Pub Quiz Company, have put together a handy subject guide that features need-to-know info for any quiz. Have you been invited to a pub quiz but don’t feel clued up on common knowledge? Or are you wanting to impress your mates with how smart you are? Pub Quiz company or not, you never know when you’ll need to answer one of these questions: at a quiz, on a date, or eating dinner in front of  the TV while watching game shows. Here’s your chance for a last minute cram like a school kid before an exam!

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We’ll start off with two straight A’s: Art and Architecture.  Let’s start with the basics of the arts, y’know,  the things should have probably paid attention to in art class instead of making crude shapes out papier-mâché.

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1.       Name the three primary colours: Red, yellow and blue

2.       Vermillion is a shade of which colour? Red

3.       How old is the earliest known human artwork? 100,000 yrs old

4.       What is the largest oil painting in the world? Paradise by Tintoretto

5.       How many paintings did Vincent Van Gogh sell during his lifetime? 1

6.       Which artist said ‘Everything you can imagine is real’? Pablo Picasso

7.       What artist was hit in the face with a mallet by rival, disfiguring him for life? Michelangelo

8.       What art critic coined the term “impressionism”? Louis Leroy

9.   What art movement means the style of “the wild beasts”? Fauvism

10.    What is the painting ‘La Gioconda’ more usually known as? The Mona Lisa

Now you’re up-to-scratch with the basics, time for our friendly pub quiz company to fill-in the gaps of your artist knowledge. You know their names, you may have even been told that you’re no Picasso! But where are these renowned artists from? Here’s a compilation of well-known artists and their nationalities:


  1. Mexican – Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros, Leonora Carrington, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Gabriel Orozco, María Izquierdo, Remedios Varo, José Clemente Orozco, José Guadalupe Posada.
  2. American – Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Mary  Cassatt, Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, Jacob Lawrence,  Kara Walker, Alma Thomas, Henry Ossawa Tanner, James Whistler, Edward Hopper, Thomas Eakins.
  3. Austrian – Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Hermann Nitsch, Hundertwasser, Arnulf Rainer, Maria Lassnig, Günter Brus, Rudolf von Alt, Alfred Kubin.
  4. Belgian – René Magritte, Peter Rubens, James Ensor, Paul Delvaux, Luc Tuymans, Anthony van Dyck, Félicien Rops, Jacob Jordaens.
  5. British – Bridget Riley, Tracy Emin, J. M. W. Turner, Damien Hirst,  Lucian Freud, Chris Ofili, David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Rachel Whiteread, Banksy.
  6. Dutch – Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Piet Mondrian.
  7. French – Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin.
  8. Italian – Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo , Raphael,  Sandro Botticelli, Artemisia Gentileschi Edgar Degas, Georges-Pierre Seurat, Rodin, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun.
  9. Norwegian – Edvard Munch, Odd Nerdrum, Peder Balke.
  10. Spanish – Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Francisco José de Goya.


Now to answer the famous questions of ‘who let the dogs out?’. It’s all well-and-good if you know the one with the small winky-woo in the middle of the town square, but do you know who painstakingly hacked away at a hard piece of marble to erect said creation? Time for a round of who do what!pub quiz company

1.       The Thinker –  Auguste Rodin

2.       The Laughing Cavalier –  Frans Hals

3.       Birth of Venus  – Botticelli

4.       Girl with a Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer

5.       The Scream – Edvard Munch

6.       American Gothic – Grant Wood

7.     The Great Wave off Kanagawa – Hokusai

8.       The Son of ManRené Magritte

9.       Mona Lisa/The Last Supper/The Creation of Adam Michaelangelo

10.   The Starry Night/Starry Night Over the Rhone Vincent Van Gogh

11.   Water Lillies – Monet



Let’s switch gears now to the topic of architecture. We’ve built the foundation of questions for a solid quiz that hold the test of time. It’s a question of size. You heard it here – size does matter! You never know if a pub quiz company or your local will burden you with a hefty helping of architectural marvels.

  1. How long is the Great Wall of China? 21,196 km 
  2. What is the worlds tallest building? Burj Khalifa (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) 2,717 Feet
  3. What is the the second tallest? Shanghai Tower (China) 2,073 Feet
  4. World’s smallest skyscraper – Newby-McMahon Building (Texas) 40 Feet
  5. Thinnest tower in the world – i360 tower (Brighton) 7ft (3.9m) diameter

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  1. Smallest pub – The Little Prince (Kent) 11ft by 6.6ft only accommodates six drinkers at a time.
  2. Largest Church – Basilica of Our Lady of Peaceof Yamoussoukro (Ivory Coast) exterior 30,000 m².
  3. How many people did Colosseum approximately hold? 50,000
  4. Largest ship in the world? The Seawise Giant During its years of operation, it stood at a magnificent weight of 657,019 tons and encompassed a length of 81 feet.


pub quiz companyBonus round! We’ve seen them, either in person or on a Google image search, but who designed them? Here’s a list of names behind the marvels:

  1. Who company built the Eiffel Tower? Gustave Eiffel
  2. Who designed St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, UK? Sir Christopher Wren
  3. Who designed and who built the stature of liberty? Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi  built by Gustave Eiffel
  4. Who designed the Shard? Renzo Piano
  5. Who designed the gherkin? Norman Foster of the Foster and Partners architectural firm
  6. Who designed the world cup trophy? Silvio Gazzaniga
  7. Who designed the London tube map? Harry Beck
  8. Who is credited as the architect of The Pisa?  Bonanno Pisano
  9. Who designed the Sydney Opera House? Jørn Utzon

There ya have it! We hope you learned something. Stay tuned, we’ll be blogging monthly subject guides to help you out as you never know if and when a pub quiz company will throw one of these doozies at you!
















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