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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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. 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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Ana J 2 weeks ago

They're all fleshy but enormous? In the era of big butts or bust this is an exaggeration.😂

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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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago

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

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