Beyonce and Jay Z aka The Carters, take over the french art museum The Louvre for the visuals for their music video Apeshit.
Put your art history knowledge to the test. See how many pieces of art from the video you can name. The answers are under each still, so if you don’t want an early spoiler, take care to scroll slowly. Here we go:
Too easy. We all know this one, by one of my personal favourite artists of all time. Sorry zero points for guessing correctly here. Next.
2.Sculpture of Nike – not the sports shoes; the Greek Goddess of Victory. See if you can spot a miniature statue of Nike on the table in the painting An Angel at my Table by Miriam Escofet. She won this years BP Portrait Prize for her painting. Nike indeed heralded victory here.
The dancers preform in front of The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David. The painting depicts Napoleon crowning his wife Josephine, the first Empress of the french. Is anyone else being crowned in this video? What do you think? Scroll down for number 4.
4.Great Sphinx of Tanis which happens to be todays Artwork of the Day on the The Louvre’s website for fellow art nerds.
Venus de Milo, one of the most famous works of ancient Greek Sculpture. Sometimes it’s called the Aphrodite of Milos so both answers are correct.
6.Jay Z raps in front of Géricault’s “Raft of The Medusa”
Marie Benoist’s Portrait d’une négresse
A second painting byJacques-Louis David is featured. The Oath of the Horatii, is skewed by the camera angle so double points for naming this one.
French artist Jacques-Louis David features again with, The Intervention of the Sabine Women
Ary Scheffer, The Ghosts of Paolo and Francesca Appear to Dante and Virgil
More Jacques-Louis David. The iconic looking women sitting in front of his painting of Madame Récamier have a similar headdress to Marie Benoist’s Portrait d’une négresse. The art direction is so clever.
Pietà by Rosso Fiorentino
If you answered number 6 correctly, you probably also named this second Géricault painting The Charging Chasseur too.
The Roman athlete Hermes Fastening his Sandal by artist Lysippos.
The Wedding Feast at Cana by Paolo Veronese
16. Bonus Points for naming this one:
because to be perfectly honest , I can’t think of the answer myself.
How did you do? Interesting choices of artwork, aren’t they. What do you think each was chosen to represent? Also what have we missed, comment below, I’d love to know your thoughts. Enjoy watching the full video here. Buy the album here.
Photo Credits: Stills from the music video on Youtube.