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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2 years 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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2 years 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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Chancey
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2 years ago

This description is priceless!!!! LMAO

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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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Natalia Sanchez
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2 years ago

Or the artist who draws Where's Waldo?

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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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2 years 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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My O My
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2 years ago

The little boy on her lap looks so bored

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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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My O My
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2 years ago

The upper one is lovely

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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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Kaisu
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2 years ago

I would be unhappy too if I was trying to sit on the bench and enjoy my alone time and some random guy started hitting on me

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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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2 years ago

I don't know why my comment was down voted? I'm a queer woman myself, queer is a perfectly normal academic word to use (there's queer studies, queer literature studies, queer film studies). Queer is simply an umbrella term like the LGBT, only queer encompasses only sexualities while LGBT encompasses gender identities as well. I'm a queer woman and I'm attracted to women. Michelangelo was a queer man and he was attracted to men. The reason I don't use the word homosexual is because he never specified his sexuality and I don't feel comfortable assigning a specific sexuality for someone unless they have specified it themselves. Hopefully this clears it up for some of you 😊

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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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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Jenn Unicorn Popping
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2 years ago

So... little naked people is Bosch, little clothed people is Bruegel, got it!!!

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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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A B C
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2 years ago

These descriptions are spot-on. :D

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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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natie marie
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2 years ago

What butts have you seen? These are normal to small sized butts.

banana
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1 year ago

Those are not small to normal haha. Surgery and photoshop have ruined body expectations. At least for that weight they’re exceptionally large.

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Wendy Newton
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2 years ago

It's to depict gods and goddesses as they were decadent and powerful, not like the mortal plebs they ruled over, plump equals wealth and beauty., skinny equals poor and unattractive. Oh and of course they have to be butt naked!

BusLady
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2 years ago

So odd that today, unnaturally thin women are considered beautiful.

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Katie
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2 years ago

At least he depicts women's body shape quite realistic. Nice pictures. :)

Kerridwen Parslow
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1 year ago

Rubens was madly in love/lust with his younger wife, the very plump and rosy-cheeked Helene Fourment -- she was his standard of beauty and he painted her many times, mostly clothed (with her ample bosom front and center) but also, and famously, naked and wrapped in a fur rug. Being plump was a sign of prosperity and health back in the day for both men and women when many people starved. That's still true in many Third World countries.

aurora50
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2 years ago

"Rubenesque" used to be a compliment!

Amoureuse
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2 years ago

Some of these paintings make me wonder. Did people really just prance around naked a lot more than these days? Or was it more of a forbidden fruit -kind of situation? And yes, those aren't exactly enormous butts.

Liz Myrick
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1 year ago

Definitely not! These are allegorical paintings depicting Greek and Roman scenes, pretty much the only time it was acceptable to painted nude (and occasional figures like Adam and Eve). Often if a royal mistress wanted to be painted with her breasts showing, she would be 'Diana' or some figure. It was a way for artists to paint the human body and sometimes provide something 'titillating' while still being respectable art. There were some exceptions throughout the years but the painting "Olympia" by Manet in 1865 was considered shocking because it is simply a nude woman, probably a prostitute, staring at the viewer. Manet used the title 'Olympia,' an ancient Greek reference as a mask, but he was clearly simply painting a nude (it didn't help that Olympia was a nickname for prostitutes).

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MagNat
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2 years ago

That's smaller than half of what you see on the beach.

DL Pearce
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2 years ago

Oh, to have lived when big asses were in vogue!

Pandykinz
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2 years ago

Hence the term "Rubenesque"

Zeta Klk
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1 year ago (edited)

Enormous asses? Really disappointed in you Bored Panda. Why haven't you commented on the tiny penises in Michelangelo? Is that comment by any chance touching a sensitive subject about men's bodies? This is clear cut sexism... very disappointed.

rhyan lumilay
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2 years ago

I would like to also blow that big conch or something like what that guy is doing it could be so much fun!

Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
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2 years ago

I read this and freaked cos I thought something inappropriate was in the painting..... I'm so sorry oh god I'm awful

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Jessica Cifelli
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1 year ago

More like full-figured.

Tessa Coker
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1 year ago

Yesssss!

Mrta Brzoza
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1 year ago

Well, there is a description of curvy, plus size woman: they have shapes by Rubens

David Furr
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1 year ago

Reubens was a master in the portrayal of cellulite!

Ericka Hokkanen
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1 year ago

Ummm, those are realistic asses. Just wait, yours is coming soon to your pants :) Enjoy!

May Day
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1 year ago

I like his paintings; he didn't try to "correct" or retouch but drew people just as they were with normal bodies. Very unpretentious. (My own interpretation)

Claire Armstrong
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1 year ago

"I like big butts.........."

Buzz Covington
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1 year ago

My muddah was rubinesque.

Philippe Renoir
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1 year ago

Looks like the Kardashians and J-lo didn't invent anything after all...

Stannous Flouride
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1 year ago

Hence the term "Ruben-esque" for curvy women.

Randy Jackson
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1 year ago

Or Kardashian

Bobbie Fay Brandsen
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1 year ago

Little in the middle, but she got much back! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X53ZSxkQ3Ho

Torhild Hansen
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1 year ago

The young lady in the upper painting seems to suffer from Hallux valgus (hammer toe). The one on the right in the lower picture, seems to have undergone a breast preserving cancer operation. But I guess those weren't invented yet... :D

Susann Campbell
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1 year ago

At my age now I'm a Rubens woman including the long hair that won't stay in place.

Erik Lawrence
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1 year ago

It's funny that people applaud the "realistic body type"... Your perception is modern. Remember "ideal" body shape has changed multiple times, over time. So what you're applauding is also what you're condemning.

Idiotnews
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1 year ago

Trump would fit right in!

Pat Gallaway
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1 year ago

Thinking more like lumpy people who possess an adoring look at others?

anotherboredpanda
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2 years ago

@2wheel the woman on the left does look very muscular in the arm/chest area. Of course I didn't think about the hard workers. But then again I never would've thought painters would paint people from the lower classes.

Bonny Saxon
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2 years ago

don't be hatin' on the booty!

Annemarie van der Westhuysen
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2 years ago

My dad always describes Rubens as painting "lots of writhing pink flesh". Quite apt.

Grumble O'Pug
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2 years ago

This is so awful who wrote this garbage?

Demonic Darkness
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2 years ago

He's an ass man.

Laana
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2 years ago

Ross and Rachel:”I like big butts and I cannot lie!”.

Wendy
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2 years ago

I like big butts ....

Molly A. Block
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2 years ago

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This painter has clearly never seen a real naked women before. Ever. He's that lame.

Jenica Thomas
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2 years ago

I'm not an art history major but I do know that many artists from the renaissance period used male models regardless of who they were painting.

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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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Molly A. Block
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2 years ago

Description forgot to add that there must be monkeys present, and shadow mustaches.

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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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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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