Another Pixel Challenge

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 forĀ 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.

Solution Gallery:

39 Replies to “Another Pixel Challenge”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

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