QUIZ to Test Your Memory! What Is Missing from These Paintings?

Szymon Jocek 9 March 2023

How well do you know these iconic paintings? You’re probably familiar with all of them but do you remember the important details in them? What are these sitters holding? What is in the background? What kind of pets are missing from their owners? Be careful! Some of the questions might be tricky.

Oh, and one more thing, you can find all of the artworks from this quiz in the Great Masterpieces Postcards Set available in our shop.


Let’s start with something (rather) easy, The Sistine Madonna by Raphael. Do you know what is painted beneath Madonna’s feet?

QUIZ Missing from These Paintings: Raphael, The Sistine Madonna, 1512, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany.

Raphael, The Sistine Madonna, 1512, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany.


Pablo Picasso, Lovers, 1923, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Lovers by Pablo Picasso

The Lovers by Pablo Picasso explores the dynamics of courtship. It returns to an earlier painting tradition and invents a new interpretation.

James W Singer 22 May 2023


Vitamin C+: The Art of Collage in Phaidon’s New Book 

Phaidon’s Vitamin C+ Collage in Contemporary Art is the latest addition in the Vitamin series and will introduce you to everything you need to know...

Carlotta Mazzoli 22 May 2023

European Art

Urban Moonlight: A New Genre in 19th Century European Painting

In the 20th century, the electrically lit city painted by Georgia O’Keefe, Edward Hopper, and Joseph Stella became a standout feature of modern...

Guest Profile 25 May 2023


Navigating the Complexities of Identity: Interview with Tomokazu Matsuyama

Tomokazu Matsuyama is a contemporary New York based Japanese artist who explores his bi-cultural upbringing through his unique artistic style. He...

Ania Kaczynska 1 May 2023