If you’re here, it’s likely because you didn’t get some (or any) of the Sporcle Dad jokes. Well here is a guide to just what the heck was going on in that tiny little dad brain when it comes to art. If you haven’t yet played the “Sporcle Dad Talks Art” quiz, head over to Sporcle first to see how you do.
Have you seen Nighthawks?
No, but I’ve seen the Hartwick Hawks.
Have you seen Washington Crossing the Delaware?
No, but I’ve seen it resting alongside the Potomac.
For the record, this is the joke that started it all.
Have you seen The Birth of Venus?
No, but I’ve heard Bananarama on the radio a lot.
Have you seen At the Moulin Rouge?
Yes, Nicole Kidman was great in that movie.
Post-impressionist painter and printmaker Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was commissioned to do a series of posters for the opening of the Moulin Rouge cabaret. Many of his most famous works feature the performers and clientele of it and other Paris nightclubs.
Have you seen The Night Watch?
No, but I love Knight Rider.
Knight Rider was a 1980s American television show staring David Hasselhoff and his sentient car, KITT. While it may seem that the joke here is the Night / Knight connection, the actual point is the cruel irony that neither Rembrandt nor the Hoff were invited to join TMNT.
Just For Fun
Have you seen The Persistence of Memory?
If I have, I forgot.
Have you seen Water Lilies?
Yes, but they’re actually a member of the Nymphaeaceae family.
Have you seen The Sleeping Gypsy?
No, but I know all the words.
The smash Broadway hit musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable opened in 1959. Considered to be one of America’s finest, the musical is based upon the memoir of famous burlesque performer and striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. In particularly cool news, Sporcle Mom’s great aunt danced with Gypsy Rose Lee. And with all due respect to Ethel Merman, the finest performance of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” was done by Michael Jeter in The Fisher King as seen on YouTube.
Have you seen An Old Woman Frying Eggs?
Not lately. Mom kicked me out.
Have you seen The King Drinks?
No, but if he’s offering, I’ll have one.
The King Drinks is a painting by the Flemish Baroque artist Jacob Jordaens. The painting’s title cries for another round and to be made into a Sporcle Dad joke.
Have you seen A Young Man Being Introduced to the Seven Liberal Arts?
Is that the prequel to A Young Man is Hired by a Fast Food Joint?
A Young Man Being Introduced to the Seven Liberal Arts is a lesser known painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Boticelli. The painting’s title is obviously in need of a Sporcle Dad joke makeover. At least to a liberal arts major it is.
Have you seen The Death of Chatterton?
No. Did it not go well with her lover?
Have you seen The Potato Eaters?
Isn’t that just Dogs Playing Poker but with Dutch people?
Dogs Playing Poker is a series of paintings of, yes, dogs playing poker and in other gaming situations by American artist C.M. Coolidge. Some of the paintings in the series are based on paintings of human card players by other artists. Trade the potatoes for cards and the Potato Eaters is an ideal card playing composition, at least according to Sporcle Dad.
Have you seen The Creation of Adam?
Yes, and Eden wasn’t because of the apple. It was because he pulled His finger.
Have you seen The Starry Night?
Yes. How did they know which one to follow?
The Three Magi who somehow managed to choose a single star to guide them to Bethlehem