National Gallery of Art Creates “Artle,” a Wordle for Art

by Brandon Zech May 16, 2022

A screenshot of the website for Artle, a game for which players guess the artist behind a work of art.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. has created a new game called Artle. The picture game takes after Wordle, the widely popular word puzzle game that debuted and was subsequently purchased by the New York Times in less than three months.

For Artle, players are given an artwork and must attempt to guess the artist’s name. If they guess wrong, they have three more chances, for which they’re given a different piece each time by the same artist. All of the works included in the game are from the museum’s collection.

The museum’s senior product manager, Steven Garbarino, discussed the game with Smithsonian Magazine, saying: “The emergence of daily guessing games in recent months inspired our digital product and experience team and I to create a daily game using the National Gallery’s collection.” He went on to state that Artle would “[help] the public discover art while having fun.”

A new Artle puzzle will be available every day. Access the game here.

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Colette Copeland May 19, 2022 - 08:20

Has anyone been playing Artle? The first day was an epic fail. Even with google help, I didn’t come close to guessing. Second day was easier with Monet, but the first 3 works were lesser known Monets, just to throw me for a loop. So much for all my years of studying Art History.

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Steve Thomas May 19, 2022 - 14:42

Clever & Fun!

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Susan Levy June 15, 2022 - 07:07

Love it! I play it with my husband every day & then text& compare our results with my niece.

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Ginny Camfield June 26, 2022 - 13:55

I know who this one is, just can’t remember his name. Probably a limit to how long this game can go on anyhow.

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Barbara Armstrong August 25, 2022 - 08:57

Thurs, 8-25-22, name is on #1 but not available in the drop down. Very unclear interface.

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Marcia Petty September 11, 2022 - 23:47

Don’t know many of the artists and just pick artists at random to finally see who the artist is. Not fun. Is there a way to see who the artist is without fake guessing?

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Ginger Sander September 13, 2022 - 06:19

Terrific! I like it a lot . My family looks together . We discuss , we learn, we even emote , and sometimes laugh .

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