Break out the paint brushes, chisels, sheet music, and drafting tools, it’s time to get some fine arts trivia in our lives. The Fine Arts covers a broad set of subjects. Traditionally, Fine Arts consists of painting/drawing, sculpture, music, architecture, and literature. We’re covering all five of these broadly this episode. We’ll dive deeper into each topic in more detail in coming episodes, so fret not.
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Hey there, I’m Brian Rollins and this is the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast.
This week, we’re covering the Fine Arts. It’s a broad category that covers painting, sculpting, architecture, literature, and music. Future episodes will dive deeper into each section, but for now, we’re just doing an overview.
As always, we’ll have three rounds of ten questions each. I’ll give you the question, then a short timer, and then I’ll read the answer. Simple and fun, right? If you need rules on scoring, you can visit DorkyGeekyNerdy.com/rules.
Books open and let’s begin.
The Dorky Round
- What artist famously opined “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”
- The Italian word “piano” translates into what in English?
- What architect pioneered the Prairie School movement?
Frank Lloyd Wright
- Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo (aka the Ninja Turtles) are all artists from what period?
The Italian Renaissance
- While a flourishing industry today, what Japanese artform had been largely banned in 1787?
- Often attached to mosques, what is the name for the tall towers that are used for a call to prayer and act as a visual focal point?
Minarets. The tall spires typically have conical or onion-shaped tops.
- While the English Horn is a woodwind, the French Horn is part of what instrument group?
It’s a brass instrument.
- In art, what is the term for the area around and between the subjects of an image?
- What Victorian poet wrote, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”
- Born in 1924, what writer was famous for the novella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the novel In Cold Blood?
The Geeky Round
- What American Abstract Expressionist called his work “motion made visible memories, arrested in space.”
- What art movement, named for a work by Claude Monet, is characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, and an emphasis on accurate depiction of light.
- The art of decorating initials, margins, and illustrations in manuscripts is known as what?
- Weighing 13,271 kg and named Emmanuel, this musical instrument is the largest in what group?
The Bells of Notre Dame. It rings an F#. The smallest, Jean-Marie weighs 782 kg and rings an A#.
- Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi is best known for what sculpture?
Liberty Enlightening the World. More commonly known as the Statue of Liberty
- In Japanese, what is sometimes translated as “the art of singing and dancing” and is known for its elaborate make-up?
Kabuki. It dates back to 1603
- What poet wrote, “Resist much, obey little.”
- What’s the name of scale using only five notes?
A pentatonic scale
- “When I do count the clock that tells the time” is an example of what type of metric line?
- Carved by the Rapa Nui people, what is the name of the monolithic human statues on Easter Island?
The Nerdy Round
- Encompassing architecture, music, painting, and sculpture, what 17th and 18th century art style derives its name from the Portuguese word for flawed pearl?
- What is the term for an individual piece used to create a mosaic?
- What is the name for a piece of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three parts?
- What dolls, made by the Hopi and Zuni tribes, were made to represent masked impersonators and dancers?
- What large artwork was stolen by Nazi Germany in 1942 from St Bavo’s cathedral in Belgium?
The Ghent Altarpiece. It was the focal point of the book and movie, The Monuments Men
- Johann Sebastian Bach’s brother, Jacob, was known for playing what double-reed woodwind instrument?
- In 1982, King Juan Carlos of Spain bestowed the title of Marquis on what artist?
- Winning a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946, what author wrote the novels Siddhartha and The Glass Bead Game?
- What American composer had his first work, The Old Cat and the Young Mouse, published in 1920?
- Louise Bogan was the first woman to hold what position that is currently held by Tracy K Smith?
US Poet Laureate
And that’s the bell class. I hope you had fun. We’ll keep going through the Summer with these. Speaking of which, here’s next week’s clue:
Which science fiction series, which launched in 1993, was famous for the tagline “The Truth Is Out There”?
Our book of the week is Leonardo da Vinci: A Life From Beginning to End. Da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, inventor, and so much more. Be sure to read all about his life and his works. You can find a link to this and other books of the week at DorkyGeekyNerdy.com/book. By getting this book and any of the others, you help keep the mic on and the show going.
I’m your host, Brian Rollins. Thanks for listening.
1 thought on “26 | Fine Arts Trivia”
So, I got used to the pop-culture stuff, then you hit me with this curve ball.
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