Art history can be an incredibly complicated topic and a really tough nut to crack for anyone who hasn’t spent years upon years learning the various intricacies and subtleties needed to master the subject.

Luckily for all art lovers who just haven’t got the time to understand all the ins and outs of art history, the internet has provided some hilarious and easy-to-grasp tips on how to recognize the work of famous painters. Here is a list of the funniest and most accurate advice, so that you can impress your friends and family the next time you go to a museum or want to talk about something impressive at the dinner table. Scroll down, upvote your favorites, and leave us a comment with your views about art, classical paintings and what you thought of these tips.

#1

If Everyone – Including The Women – Looks Like Putin, Then It’s Van Eyck

If Everyone – Including The Women – Looks Like Putin, Then It’s Van Eyck

Jan van Eyck

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

Bwahaha, never even noticed before

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#2

If It’s Something You Saw On Your Acid Trip Last Night, It’s Dali

If It’s Something You Saw On Your Acid Trip Last Night, It’s Dali

Salvador Dalí

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glowworm2
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1 year ago

Summed up perfectly.

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#3

If Everyone Looks Like Hobos Illuminated Only By A Dim Streetlamp, It’s Rembrandt

If Everyone Looks Like Hobos Illuminated Only By A Dim Streetlamp, It’s Rembrandt

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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Molly A. Block
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1 year ago

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The men were all so ugly back then.

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The person behind most of the art tips is Redditor DontTacoBoutIt. Unfortunately, their account now appears to be dead, but Bored Panda tried reaching out to them for an interview nonetheless. The tips have seen widespread success online, with over 8,800 upvotes and more than 1.17 million views on Imgur.

The Redditor’s explanations about how well-known artists can be recognized at a single glance are as informative as they are blunt and funny. For example, you can know almost for sure that a painting was done by Peter Paul Rubens if everyone’s naked and they all have very large derrières (‘butts’, the word means ‘butts’). And if everyone in a painting looks a bit like Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin, then you can bet your hat that it’s probably Jan van Eyck’s work.

#4

If The Paintings Have Lots Of Little People In Them But Also Have A Ton Of Crazy Bulls#%t, It’s Bosch

If The Paintings Have Lots Of Little People In Them But Also Have A Ton Of Crazy Bulls#%t, It’s Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch

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TheDivineMs.M
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1 year ago

Harry Bosch!

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#5

If Everybody Has Some Sort Of Body Malfunction, Then It’s Picasso

If Everybody Has Some Sort Of Body Malfunction, Then It’s Picasso

Pablo Ruiz Picasso 

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Gabi X.
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1 year ago

The first one is literally a dickface

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#6

Lord Of The Rings Landscapes With Weird Blue Mist And The Same Wavy-Haired Aristocratic-Nose Madonna, It’s Da Vinci

Lord Of The Rings Landscapes With Weird Blue Mist And The Same Wavy-Haired Aristocratic-Nose Madonna, It’s Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

He should be known as Leonardo. Da Vinci was not his surname, it means "from Vinci", the town where he was born.

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So you can show off to your pals even more at your next soirée, here are some more facts to drop about Rubens and van Eyck (besides talking about butts and Putin of course).

A Flemish painter born sometime around 1380-1390, van Eyck is known as one of the early innovators of Early Netherlandish painting and one of the most important representatives of what’s known as Early Northern Renaissance art. As a master painter, he was employed by John III the Pitiless, the ruler of Holland and Hainaut, as well as Philip the Good, the Duke of Burgundy. Van Eyck wasn’t just a painter, he also acted as a diplomat for Philip. 

#7

If You See A Ballerina, It’s Degas

If You See A Ballerina, It’s Degas

Edgar Degas

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solostxrx
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1 year ago (edited)

Ballerina in second painting... oh no

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#8

Dappled Light And Unhappy Party-Time People, Then It’s Manet

Dappled Light And Unhappy Party-Time People, Then It’s Manet

Édouard Manet 

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M Dream
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1 year ago

cheer up people!

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#9

If Everyone Is Beautiful, Naked, And Stacked, It’s Michelangelo

If Everyone Is Beautiful, Naked, And Stacked, It’s Michelangelo

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

I mean, he was queer, so I'm not surprised he enjoyed drawing men like this

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Meanwhile, Rubens (who was also a Flemish painter) was born in 1577 and is thought to be the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens was a specialist in making portraits, landscapes, altarpieces, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. Rubens was also a scholar and a diplomat who was knighted by Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England.

#10

Dappled Light And Happy Party-Time People, It’s Renoir

Dappled Light And Happy Party-Time People, It’s Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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M Dream
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1 year ago

Manet, after some glasses of wine

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#11

Dappled Light But No Figures, It’s Monet

Dappled Light But No Figures, It’s Monet

Claude Monet 

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natie marie
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1 year ago

Except some of Monet has figures

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#12

If The Images Have A Dark Background And Everyone Has Tortured Expressions On Their Faces, It’s Titian

If The Images Have A Dark Background And Everyone Has Tortured Expressions On Their Faces, It’s Titian

Tiziano Vecelli

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M Dream
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1 year ago

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#13

Excel Sheet With Coloured Squares, It’s Mondrian

Excel Sheet With Coloured Squares, It’s Mondrian

Piet Mondrian

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Greg Hoggarth
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1 year ago

Imagine being able to come up with something so simple to execute as this and convincing everyone it is great art worth lots of money.

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#14

If The Paintings Have Tons Of Little People In Them But Otherwise Seem Normal, It’s Bruegel

If The Paintings Have Tons Of Little People In Them But Otherwise Seem Normal, It’s Bruegel

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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Mihran' Hovnanian
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1 year ago

or Lowry

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#15

If All The Men Look Like Cow-Eyed Curly-Haired Women, It’s Caravaggio

If All The Men Look Like Cow-Eyed Curly-Haired Women, It’s Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

Cow-eyed ... and now I cant unsee

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#16

If Everyone In The Paintings Has Enormous Asses, Then It’s Rubens

If Everyone In The Paintings Has Enormous Asses, Then It’s Rubens

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

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Pandykinz
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1 year ago

Hence the term "Rubenesque"

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#17

If Every Painting Is The Face Of A Uni-Browed Woman, It’s Frida

If Every Painting Is The Face Of A Uni-Browed Woman, It’s Frida

Frida Kahlo

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

The master of self portraits!

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#18

If Everything Is Highly-Contrasted And Sharp, Sort Of Bluish, And Everyone Has Gaunt Bearded Faces, It’s El Greco

If Everything Is Highly-Contrasted And Sharp, Sort Of Bluish, And Everyone Has Gaunt Bearded Faces, It’s El Greco

Doménikos Theotokópoulos - El Greco ("The Greek")

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Molly A. Block
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1 year ago

Not to mention very long fingers and manicured finger nails.

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#19

If The Painting Could Easily Have A Few Chubby Cupids Or Sheep Added (Or Already Has Them), It’s Boucher

If The Painting Could Easily Have A Few Chubby Cupids Or Sheep Added (Or Already Has Them), It’s Boucher

François Boucher

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Mimi M
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1 year ago

I knew all of these except for Boucher. And yeah, the writer is accurate. Handy dandy, indeed.

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