Mary Ann Rebecca Alabaster, The Artist’s Painting-Room, June 12, 1830. Oil on canvas, unframed: 84.5 x 70.4 cm. Gift of Morton Rapp in memory of Hyman M. Smith, 2008. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario
European Art is more than the Renaissance: in fact, it’s undergoing a Renaissance! Increasingly, museums like the AGO are collecting and seeking out artworks and artists that provide a broader view of history. Kick off the new year right and challenge yourself with our European Art quiz. Answers can be found at the bottom.
- Best known for her religious paintings, particularly of women saints, this Italian artist was one of the first to have a professional career as an artist. Her painting Madonna and Child (1575–1580) was the first painting made by a woman artist to be purchased by the AGO European Department. Name the artist.
a. Angelika Kauffman
b. Barbara Longhi
c. Judith Leyster
- A lifelong bachelor, this famed Impressionist painter was both a talented artist and an avid gardener. His fascination with horticulture drove him to build greenhouses and install automatic sprinklers. Name the artist.
a. Claude Monet
b. Gustave Caillebotte
c. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
d. Camille Pissarro
- Based on the painting’s signature, which reads “J. Schul...fec”, AGO Curators have now identified the mid-18th century painting Portrait of a Lady holding an Orange Blossom as being the work of which Amsterdam based artist:
a. Dirck Jacobsz
b. Jeremias Schultz
c. Jacob Savery
- Another recent acquisition is José Campeche’s depiction of Saint Dominic of Guzmán. The first Afro-Caribbean artist to enter the European Art Collection, Campeche lived on which Caribbean island?
a. Puerto Rico
- In 1878, Claude Monet set up a house in a village northwest of Paris, where he painted several exquisite landscapes, including Vétheuil in Summer (1879). Nearly 100 years later, this abstract American painter and printmaker moved into the same house in the same town.
a. Agnes Martin
b. Joan Mitchell
c. Robert Natkin
- This Northern European painter was best known for creating vanitas paintings − symbolic works that include subjects reminding the viewer of the shortness and fragility of life (e.g., skulls).
a. Peter Paul Rubens
b. Hendrick Andriessen
c. Frans Hals
d. Jean-Siméon Chardin
- Ahead of its time: This large-scale painting was purchased by the AGO in the 1950s through the power of crowdfunding, where one-inch squares of a reproduced replica were sold for $10 until the goal was met.
a. Christ Washing His Disciples’ Feet by Jacopo Tintoretto
b. Breaking the Pharoah's Crown by Claeissens Moses
c. The Expulsion of the Money Changers by Master of Kress Epiphany
- It’s hard not to be captivated by James Tissot’s painting The Shop Girl (1883–1885). True or False: The shop Tissot paints with such charm is in Paris.
- In her painting The Artist’s Painting Room (1830), Mary Ann Alabaster creates her ideal studio, placing herself among what subjects?
a. art history’s male icons
b. art history’s female icons
c. critics and patrons
- A stunning example of medieval artistry, the Commentary on the Book of Job was made in the late 1390s at the court in Prague by Gregor the Great. True or False: This beautifully illustrated manuscript is notable for including sections made of parchment and of paper.