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If you remember, few years back we had a Pixel Challenge titled “Our Brain is Truly Wonderful“, where our remarkable ability to recognize faces was showcased. Today I bring you more blocky faces and paintings to tease your optic nerve with. Your brain’s power to decipher these ultra-low resolution images may seem miraculous at first, but I can assure you there’s no magic involved! Even though most of them represent a well known figure from the past or a famous portrait, some cultural conditioning may apply. You won’t be able to recognise figures you wouldn’t know if you seen them in person (for example I’ve mistaken third picture for Albert Einstein), but no worries – after you’re done guessing you can browse through our solution gallery which can be found at the end of this article! BTW, you can try standing back from your monitor to get a more holistic view.

Another Pixel Challenge
Another Pixel Challenge
Another Pixel Challenge
Another Pixel Challenge
Another Pixel Challenge

Solution Gallery:


39 Responses
  1. Corralesid says:

    i only could recognize one. and that was shakespeare… :(

  2. Dave says:

    I’ve done this sort of thing before by removing my glasses and viewing them from a distance. Had a good success rate previously but I think these have been over-done! Couldn’t get even one!

  3. Lynnel says:

    Whistler’s Mother!

  4. Scot says:

    I got Whistler’s Mother, no problem, but I thought Mark Twain was Marilyn Monroe for sure, for sure.

  5. No One says:

    Got all of them. The last one required standing back a bit though.

  6. Tonny says:

    I taught the black and white photo is Einstein, since I do not now the guy.

  7. z2d4th says:

    Me too I thought it was Einstein..

  8. Skyrider says:

    Got ‘em all, though the 3rd one is Samuel Clements. Mark Twain was only his “pen” name.

  9. Greg says:

    I always think Twain is Einstein. Same mistake every single time. I should squint harder next time!

  10. alex says:

    its the one from mr bean movie

    whistlers mother or something

  11. elevown says:

    I couldnt get the first and last one. Then again, ive never seen number one before so it was impossible for me.

  12. Annie says:

    Shakespeare, Einstein, Whistler’s Mother…I could see Washington’s face, but didn’t recognise it, as I am not American and although I have seen him plenty of times, I am not as familiar with him as I am with the others.

  13. Annie says:

    I meant Mark Twain, not Einstein !

  14. Annie says:

    Try zooming out, it makes them much easier-I was easily able to see GW & HVIII.I knew that it was them, but couldn’t see it for myself.

  15. Snowman25 says:

    Whistler’s Mom was very easy. Shakespeare wasn’t as easy but still recognizable.
    But I mistook Henry the 8th for Masterchief!

  16. MB says:

    Corralesid: Actually both of them are in there. So you were right and…right again!

  17. Jesse Lane says:

    First one is Whistler’s Mother… that’s it for me.

  18. Clemence says:

    I recognized Shakespeare and Washington :)

  19. RangerJim says:

    Not too bad — while I almost missed Shakespeare (until I did a full screen), and did miss Henry VIII (should have zoomed way out on that one!), the rest were fairly easy.

    I do like this sort of puzzle.

  20. Hypersapien says:

    I didn’t find any of these even remotely difficult. I knew each one instantly.

  21. John says:

    That is indeed cool. I got them all right away.

  22. Dave says:

    they are all iconic images. But if you’ve never seen the painting previously, you wouldn’t be able to figure out the pixel images.
    I am curious as to the ages of the viewers that recognize the images. I am 47. Yes, I did recognize them all.

  23. uma says:

    i didn’t get it but then i did

  24. Missundaztood says:

    Got them all except for the last one, I thought that was Einstein.

  25. E10 says:

    Ahh hell…I mistook the 3rd one for Marilyn Monroe!!

  26. HErp says:

    Know all except the last. Hmm..?

  27. Eileen says:

    close eyes and have them open slightly & can see all pixel figures. Very clear on all.

  28. erin8ball says:

    I have never seen most of these paintings.

  29. Mitchell Silverman says:

    Also works better at a distance if you are nearsighted and take your glasses off

  30. Penkalis says:

    I thought Mark Twain was Einstein, but I got the others quite easily.

    Very cool to realise how easily we can recognise familiar images even when the details are so obscure due to pixellation, etc.

  31. Finkle says:

    I got 3, 4 if you count its this or that. I had no idea what the pixel of Henry the eighth was.

  32. JDP says:

    Only one I got instantly was Albert Einstein. Imagine my disappointment to discover Einstein wasn’t there lol

  33. mike says:

    also helps if you zoom out on your browser to make the window smaller

  34. Fergus Gallagher says:

    Got them all except H8

  35. Jason says:

    Ha! I thought the first one was Abraham Lincoln and the last one was the Queen! I guess my brain isn’t quite as remarkable!

  36. Molly says:

    Hehe! I got all of these except Albert Einstein, I thought he was the Queen!

  37. HI says:

    the first one looks like a ink sack from minecraft

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