Hold your horses stages a little art history test

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L’Ogre on Vimeo.

Can you identify the unidentified paintings in this video? It’s a music video for the song 70 Million by Hold Your Horses, directed by L’Ogre. Via Jessica via boooom. It was a fun art history test. I had to dig far back into art history class memories and managed to get:
The Last Supper
Botticelli’s Venus
Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson
a Vermeer?
Raft of the Medusa by Gericault
Death of Marat by David
Michaelangelo’s Creation of Adam

Magritte, The Son of Man
Frida Kahlo, self portait
De Chirico or Picasso?
Munch’s The Scream
Van Gogh’s Self Portait with Bandaged Ear
Warhol’s Marilyn
not sure, shoot! [Darren says this painting of one woman pinching another’s nipple is by an unknown artist from the Fontainebleau school of France, late 16th century]
Can’t remember this one either
Salome with the Head of John the Baptist
Manet’s Olympia
Liberty Leading the People, by Gericault
Picasso or Toulouse Lautrec or?
Klimt (followed by reprise of Frida Kahlo, Van Gogh, Mondrian, Picasso?, Magritte, Munch, Warhol’s Marilyns)
Don’t know [Darren says this is “Las Meninas” by Velazquez]
Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, I think?

Beautifully done.

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8 Responses to “Hold your horses stages a little art history test”

  1. Darren Says:

    OK, I can help with a couple of them. The one with the nipple pinch is by an unknown artist from the Fontainebleau school of France, late 16th century. Love that painting. It’s believed to be a portrait of one of Francois Ier’s lovers, Gabrielle d’Estrées, and her sister. I’ve seen it at the Louvre. The other one, towards the end, is “Las Meninas” by Velazquez.

  2. Jessica Says:

    well done! that beats me by a few.

  3. LB Says:

    Darren, you’re good! That only leaves the one with the metallic halos, very icon-like, and verification of some of the others. I love the Fontainebleu painting. They restaged it really well too.

  4. darren Says:

    It is a fun exercise in art history and culture. For most of us, I’d expect nearly all are instantly recognizable. Alas, how many people aged 20 or younger would know any of these works, since art history has essentially gone away from the standard curriculum in public education…

  5. Tanith Says:

    The only one I can give you a name for that you don’t have already is the Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring… not sure what the one on the left is during that same shot however. (at the beginning after the anatomy lesson).

    It actually makes me wish I’d bought the art history book when I was in school instead of just taking very detailed notes about the artworks.

    This video makes me happy. Maybe it will inspire people to look up art history to see what they’re missing out on 🙂

  6. rael Says:

    Full painting list avaliable on




  7. LB Says:

    Muchas gracias!

  8. Sophie Says:

    Otto Dix… 1926. Portrait.

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