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Sculpture is a three-dimensional art form, most commonly associated with working in marble or bronze - but many media can be sculpted!
9 Sculpture quizzes and 90 Sculpture trivia questions.
Dont Just Do Something Stand There
  Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
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A quiz about statues and sculptures from around the world. Use the photo clues to guide you.
Easier, 10 Qns, kino76, Mar 28 17
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Terra Cotta Sculptures
  Terra Cotta Sculptures editor best quiz   best quiz  
Photo Match
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Artists across the centuries and around the world have found this clay-based ceramic a valuable asset in producing works of art. Can you match each of these works with the country/civilisation with which its creator was associated?
Tough, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Jun 17 23
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Jun 17 23
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Fantastic Marbles
  Fantastic Marbles    
Photo Quiz
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Here are ten marble sculptures and questions about them. Some of the world's most famous sculpture are made from the luminescent stone known as marble.
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, May 06 16
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  Breaking the Ice   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Ice sculpture is growing in popularity. How much do you know about its history, methods and exhibitions?
Average, 10 Qns, EmmaF2008, Mar 14 10
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464 plays
  Sculpture I: Prehistory to Rodin   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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A brief overview of the human form in sculpture from its earliest beginnings to the dawn of Modernism.
Average, 10 Qns, LilahDeDah, Mar 01 12
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  Sculpture II: Brancusi to Potrc    
Multiple Choice
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Decorative, functional, representational, abstract: Sculpture in the 20th century and beyond.
Average, 10 Qns, LilahDeDah, Nov 05 07
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  The Venus de Milo - an 'armless quiz.    
Multiple Choice
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The Venus de Milo is one of the most famous images in Western art. How much do you know about this magnificent masterpiece?
Average, 10 Qns, stageball, Dec 08 18
Dec 08 18
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  Ancient Greek Sculpture    
Multiple Choice
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Greek sculpture!
Tough, 10 Qns, ripleysnow, Nov 05 07
727 plays
  Italian sculptors    
Multiple Choice
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Italy is without any doubt the great centre of European sculpture, especially when it comes to Renaissance and Baroque art. And it did not stop there.Check what you remember of your art experiences in "la bella Italia".
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Sculpture Trivia Questions

1. Ice sculpture has a long history. In the winter spanning 1739 and 1740, Anna Ivanova, Empress of Russia, gave directions that an ice palace be constructed in St. Petersburg. An ice statue of which animal was created in the garden of the palace?

From Quiz
Breaking the Ice

Answer: Elephant

The events surrounding the construction of the ice palace were described in a book by Ivan Lazhechnikov, "The Ice House". Anna was displeased by the choice of a Russian noble, Prince Mikhail Alekseyevich Galitzine, to marry a Catholic woman. After his wife's death, Anna made Galitzine a jester in her court and, to further punish him, staged a wedding between him and a maid of hers, the 'celebration' of which took place in the ice palace.

2. Who is believed to have created the Venus de Milo?

From Quiz The Venus de Milo - an 'armless quiz.

Answer: Alexandros of Antioch, son of Menides

Alexandros was also a poet and won the five-yearly Competition of Poetry and Theatrical Arts held in Thespiae (a city near Mount Helicon). He won the prize for singing and composing.

3. Who is the artist who sculpted the canopy of the High Altar of St. Peter's Rome, the soaring marble, gilded bronze and stucco Chair of St. Peter as well as the symmetrical colonnades of St. Peter's Basilica itself?

From Quiz Italian sculptors

Answer: Gianlorenzo Bernini

Bernini was born in 1562 at Sesto Fiorentino and died in 1629 in Rome. His father Pietro was a famous sculptor as well.

4. This famous sculpture that was reproduced often in antiquity is a representation of Achilles, and is most commonly known as Doryphoros, or the Spear-Bearer. Who was the sculptor?

From Quiz Ancient Greek Sculpture

Answer: Polykleitos

The Diadoumenos, also by Polykleitos, represents the same form of Chiastic Movement, described in his Kanon.

5. Ice carving and sculpture grew in popularity in the twentieth century, resulting in a number of destination ice hotels. A number of countries now have such hotels, but which was the first?

From Quiz Breaking the Ice

Answer: Sweden

First opened in 1990, the ice hotel in Sweden is constructed annually in a town called JukkasjÀrvi. Work begins in November and is completed at the beginning of January, although guests can stay there from December as the hotel is opened in stages. The hotel is constructed from both snow and ice, with the main structure being compressed snow and finer details, such as glasses in the bar, being carved ice.

6. This man's abstract sculptures are often pierced, reclining, or both. You can visit many of them at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

From Quiz Sculpture II: Brancusi to Potrc

Answer: Henry Moore & Moore

Moore, born in 1898, was a prolific sculptor of monumental works, primarily in bronze. He preferred simple titles, and at least six of his works are called "Reclining Figure". Do not leave Toronto without visiting the stunning Moore gallery at AGO!

7. By the time the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti was created in 1343 BCE, Egyptian sculpture had been in existence for thousands of years. What was the primary function of sculpture in ancient Egypt?

From Quiz Sculpture I: Prehistory to Rodin

Answer: Religious

Although Egyptian sculpture is certainly both decorative and historic, and creating it provided work for centuries of sculptors and stoneworkers, religion and the afterlife was always central. The Amarna period (1365-1345 BCE) saw King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti changing the forms of Egyptian worship, and sculpture followed, becoming less rigid, more personal ... but still strongly identified as sacred. The famous Nefertiti bust is located in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Germany: Egypt has requested its return.

8. In which museum can the Venus De Milo be seen today?

From Quiz The Venus de Milo - an 'armless quiz.

Answer: The Louvre, Paris, France

The Venus is housed in its own alcove with a plaque reading, "Aphrodite, dite 'Venus de Milo,' vers 100 av. J.C., Ile de Melos, Don du Marquis de Riviere au roi Louis XVIII".

9. Whose bleeding head is brandished by Benvenuto Cellini's "Perseus" on the Piazza della Signoria in Florence?

From Quiz Italian sculptors

Answer: the Medusa's

Holofernes was killed by a lady too - Judith was her name, but that was in the Bible, not in Greek mythology. The dragon killer is Saint George, or the Archangel Michael. In his autobiography Cellini describes himself as not just a (skillful) goldsmith and jeweller, but also a thief, a liar, a brawler and a sodomist.

10. The sculptor of Athena at the Parthenon, Phidias, also sculpted this gigantic sculpture at Olympia.

From Quiz Ancient Greek Sculpture

Answer: Zeus

Both Athena and Zeus have been lost to the world completely.

11. Ice buildings such as hotels are constructed using large blocks of ice and vast quantities of snow. Conventional mortar is not practical due to the extreme temperature. What is used instead?

From Quiz Breaking the Ice

Answer: Snice

The name snice is attributed to this material due to its particular consistency. It is neither truly snow, nor ice, having attributes of both - it looks more like snow but physically is more similar to ice.

12. Alexander Calder is credited with inventing two now-familiar modern art forms. One is the mobile; which is the other?

From Quiz Sculpture II: Brancusi to Potrc

Answer: Stabile

Calder trained as an engineer, and this influence is apparent in the balance of his mobiles and stabiles. The original intent of the Calder mobile was to give motion to paintings, not to supply grade-school teachers with assignment fodder, but the mobile is part of world culture now in both incarnations. A stabile is like a mobile brought to earth with no moving parts. Calder also created works with moving mobiles mounted on top of stationary stabiles. In 1998, for the hundredth anniversary of Calder's birth, the National Gallery (Washington DC) sponsored an impressive retrospective of the artist's work, which I was lucky enough to visit. Go see a Calder for yourself ... They are seemingly everywhere, and you might find you are a devotee.

13. How much did French officials pay to Greek authorities for the Statue?

From Quiz The Venus de Milo - an 'armless quiz.

Answer: 1000 Francs

The plaque's inscription translates as follows: "Aphrodite, called 'Venus de Milo', around 100 BCE, the Island of Melos, Gift of the Marquis de Riviere to King Louis XVIII".

14. What is the name of the famous "Piazza" in Florence where you can see a replica of Michelangelo's "David"?

From Quiz Italian sculptors

Answer: Piazza della Signoria

The David at the "Piazza della Signoria", in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, is only a copy. The original is at the Accademia. There is another copy at the "Piazza Michelangelo". The "Piazza Navone" is in Rome. For the "Square of the Miracles" you have to visit Pisa. You will find another David statue in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

15. Considered to be the father of Praxiteles, this famous 4th century sculptor is most remembered for his Eirene and Ploutos statue that was set up in the Agora. Who is he?

From Quiz Ancient Greek Sculpture

Answer: Kephisodotos

This statue is notable for its 5th century style, even though it was made in 370 BCE.

16. Ice sculpture uses different types of ice, but the most commonly seen is clear ice. Perfectly clear ice can be manufactured. What method of freezing results in clear ice?

From Quiz Breaking the Ice

Answer: Freezing slowly from the inside out

Freezing the water slowly from the inside out forces any impurities in the water to the outside of the block. Impurities can cause the resulting ice to have patches that are more opaque than clear, which is not ideal for ice sculpture. Another type of ice used in sculpture is natural ice, which is taken from frozen rivers and lakes. It is more opaque than clear ice and has a blue tint. It may also contain small frozen insect or fish and may contain cracks which can present a challenge when sculpting.

17. The Venus de Milo is made out of what material?

From Quiz The Venus de Milo - an 'armless quiz.

Answer: Marble

The Venus was uncovered on the Greek island of Melos on April 8th, 1820. It arrived in Paris in February, 1821.

18. The Tyrant Slayers, or Tyrannicides, was another famous Agora sculpture by Kritios and Nesiotes, depicts two men. What are their names?

From Quiz Ancient Greek Sculpture

Answer: Harmodios and Aristogeiton

They were stolen from the agora during the Persian wars, and not returned until the time of Alexander the Great.

19. There are a number of techniques for adding colour to ice. Which method is recommended in order to create the least impact on the resulting ice?

From Quiz Breaking the Ice

Answer: Lights

Gels, sands and dyes, while effective, can cause problems with the resulting ice. Any of these methods will usually result in ice that is opaque to some degree - such methods are used most often to achieve this particular effect. It can also affect how long the sculpture will last. Using lights, particularly Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) which do not emit a great amount of heat, will allow the sculptor to work with perfectly clear ice while still creating dramatic colour effects.

20. This master's sculptural figures often have elongated limbs and faces so thin as to be almost two-dimensional.

From Quiz Sculpture II: Brancusi to Potrc

Answer: Alberto Giacometti

An Existentialist and Surrealist, Giacometti was considered a leading sculptor of his time. Although he also sculpted busts and some abstract forms, he is primarily remembered for his long, thin human figures, often in bronze.

21. Where was the Venus found?

From Quiz The Venus de Milo - an 'armless quiz.

Answer: On the island of Melos, in the Aegean Sea

The island of Melos is half way between Crete and the Greek mainland.

22. As who did Michelangelo represent himself in his Pieta?

From Quiz Italian sculptors

Answer: Joseph of Arimathea

Simon of Cyrene was the "Chinese volunteer" who acted as an assistant cross-bearer when Christ was taken through the streets of Jerusalem to the Hill of Golgotha. He probably had gone home already when Christ was nailed to the Cross. The Pieta is in the Medicis Chapel.

23. An early sculpture of a woman known as the Auxerre Goddess can be classified by her "sausage-link" hair, almond-shaped eyes, and smiling expression. What type of sculpture is she?

From Quiz Ancient Greek Sculpture

Answer: Daedalic

This statue was found in a storage room in Auxerre, France. Its original location in unknown.

24. To prevent an ice block cracking or shattering when it is carved, it is removed from storage and allowed to stand until the entire surface area is 'sweating' (covered in moisture). What is this process called?

From Quiz Breaking the Ice

Answer: Tempering

After tempering an ice block, most sculptors will trim the block. This removes any impurities in the ice that may have been pushed to the outside of the block during the freezing process, leaving the artist with a block of pure, clean ice.

25. Which part of Vatican City's famous bronze statue of St. Peter Enthroned (5th or 13th century) has been worn away by the kisses of the faithful over the centuries?

From Quiz Sculpture I: Prehistory to Rodin

Answer: Foot

Art historians are unsure if the venerated bronze is from the 5th century or the work of late 13th century Italian sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio. The statue is only one of thousands of Vatican City art treasures.

26. Which statement about the Venus de Milo is true?

From Quiz The Venus de Milo - an 'armless quiz.

Answer: It was originally carved in two parts

The two halves meet in a line which is barely noticeable, being concealed by the roll of drapery around the hips.

27. Where in Italy would you find Michelangelo's tombstones for Giuliano and Lorenzo de Medici, which also include one of his Pietas?

From Quiz Italian sculptors

Answer: Florence

Florence is also where you find that other masterpiece of Italian art, the "Gate of Paradise" at the east side of the Battisterio of San Giovanni Church. Sculptor: Lorenzo Ghiberti.

28. This sculpture of Nike stood on a pillar beside the Temple of Zeus at Olympia in antiquity, and was noted by the Roman, Pausanias. Who is the sculptor?

From Quiz Ancient Greek Sculpture

Answer: Paionias

This is the only known work of Paionias.

29. China holds an annual International Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Harbin City in Heilongjiang Province. What was the title of the centrepiece of the 2009 event?

From Quiz Breaking the Ice

Answer: Flame Castle

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival first started in 1963 and is an annual event, although political upheaval has occasionally prevented it being held. It draws approximately 800,000 visitors over the month of January. The Flame Castle was the main attraction at the 2009 festival and was so named because of dramatic lighting effects, whereby the towers had different colours shooting up them. The Jingshan Octagonal Pagoda, Chartres Cathedral and Segovia Castle were all ice reproductions of famous buildings from China, France and Spain.

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