The great British museum quiz: inside the Ashmolean, Oxford

This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from over 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists.

Today, our questions are set by the Ashmolean Museum. The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology. Its world-famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and time.

You can see art from the Ashmolean Museum on Art UK here.

In which year was the Ashmolean Museum founded?


"Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford "

Who painted this “forest floor” still-life?


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The Ashmolean is often described as a “collection of collections”. Which of these famous brands has not contributed to its holdings and buildings?


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Morris Motors Charles Fortnum, inheritor of the Fortnum and Mason fortune and often described as the museum’s “second founder” gave the Ashmolean a huge gift of bronzes, ceramics, finger rings and other things in 1888.
 The Museum’s central West Meets East Gallery is named after Ahmet and Mica Ertegun, founders of Atlantic Records and among Oxford’s most significant benefactors in the 21st century.
 Basildon Bond stationery was part of the John Dickinson paper firm, which was the family business of John Evans, father of the Ashmolean’s former director, Arthur Evans, and the original collector of much of the Museum’s holdings of British archaeology. 
Oxford’s own motor mogul Lord Nuffield, William Morris gave the university a whole college – Nuffield – for postgraduate study in the social sciences, but appears not to have been too interested in the Ashmolean.

One of the most famous musical instruments in the world, how is this violin built by Antonio Stradivari better known?


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Can you identify the flower that this novice nun is holding in her right hand?


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Which artist painted this landscape?


"A mystery landscape. "

Which place is being depicted in the painting in the previous question?
This Italian maiolica plate dated 1536, is skilfully painted with a head composed of interlaced penises. What sexually explicit term of derision, still popular today, is it referring to?


"Maiolica plate."

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