Back to School

Even though many children have already started school, I don’t think of the back to school season as officially starting until after Labor Day. So in preparation for tomorrow, and in the spirit of gently re-engaging our minds after the summer hiatus, I’ve attached a fun video.

I don’t remember how I found this, but for all of you art history buffs – see how many you can guess without looking at the answers listed at the bottom of the post (no cheating). Here is the information regarding the clip from you tube.

The video was produced by L’Ogre (,

An entertaining and cheeky music video for 70 Million, with a hit song by Franco-American band, Hold Your Horses!, offers a wink at art history as band members playfully reconstruct famous paintings in an off the wall lyrical interpretation all their own.

Answers as Martin Short used to say – “I knew that” :-)

part one

Leonardo, The Last Supper (1492–98)

Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (ca. 1485)

Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Nicolaes Tulp (1632)

Holbein the Younger, Henry VIII (ca. 1536)

Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring (ca. 1665–66)

Théodore Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa (1818–19)

Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Marat (1793)

part two

Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam (ca. 1511)

Magritte, The Son of Man (1964)

Mondrian, after various compositions

Frida Kahlo, after several self-portraits

Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar (1937)

Munch, The Scream (1893)

Van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889)

Warhol, after various Marilyns

part 3

Unknown artist, Gabrielle d’Estrées and One of Her Sisters (ca. 1594)

Cenni di Pepo, Madonna and Child Enthroned with Six Angels (ca. 1280)

Caravaggio, Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist (1606–7)

Manet, Olympia (1863)

Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People (1830)

Otto Dix, Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden (1926)

Klimt, The Kiss (1907–8)

Chagall, The Bride (1950)

Velázquez, Las Meninas (ca. 1656)

Van Gogh, Vase with 12 Sunflowers (1888)


8 thoughts on “Back to School

  1. Thank you for sharing this clever video. What a wonderful exercise indeed! I love your very smart and stylish blog; now at the top of my bookmarks.

  2. I should know better than to start the day with your post. I will fall down the youtube rabbit hole tonight! It looks wonderful,
    Thanks for visiting,

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