Art Historian Gives Tips On How To Become An ‘Art Expert’

Who says art history isn’t fun? Art historian and video creator Mary McGillivray shares hilarious videos that she gives tips on how to become an ‘art expert’. Her videos go viral on TikTok and here are her 36 useful tips to become an ‘art expert’.

This Australian art historian is helping educate millions of people

In some of her witty videos, she explains how we can impress our friends by learning to recognize different art movements and artists


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1. “If It Looks Like The Chaos After A Blackout Where Everyone Is Stumbling Around In The Dark Under One Solitary Emergency Light, It’s A Caravaggio”

“The Taking of Christ” by Caravaggio

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2. “If Its A Portrait Of Rembrandt, It’s A Rembrandt”

“Self Portrait” by Rembrant


3. “If It Looks Like You Need Your Glasses Prescription Updated, Then It’s Impressionism”

“The walk” by Claude Monet

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4. “If Everyone In The Painting Looks Unreasonably Jacked, Including The Women, It’s A Michelangelo”

“The Creation of Adam” and “Prophets And Sibyls: Libyan Sibyl” by Michelangelo


5. “If It’s Got Palpable Female Rage And/Or Vengeance – It’s An Artemisia”

“Judith Slaying Holofernes” by Artemisia Gentileschi

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6. “If There’s At Least One Person Looking To The Camera Like They’re On The Office, It’s Diego Velázquez”

“Las Meninas” by Diego Velázquez


7. “If Its Got Rich People Frollicing Outdoors Then Its Rococo”

“The swing” by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

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8. “If She’s Blonde And Has This Exact Face, It’s A Botticelli”

“Figure of Flora”, “Portrait of Venus” and “Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci” by Sandro Botticelli


9. “If It Looks Like A Tupperware Drawer, Then It’s Cubism”

“Girl with a Mandolin” by Pablo Picasso

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10. “If It Looks Like A Nightmare You Once Had About Being Stranded In The Desert Then Its Surrealism”

“The Temptation of Saint Anthony” by Salvador Dalí