Welcome, discerning ACNH art collectors, I’m here to help you fill your museum to the brim and sneak past Redd’s scams. Ruffle Blather’s feathers with delight as you present all of the real artworks, mysteriously sourced on your own island. How did you get the actual Rosetta stone? Who knows, but here it is on display in your very own museum. Now, head into our ACNH art guide to find out where to get art pieces and how to judge their legitimacy.
If you want to pick which ACNH villagers you want to move in, then here’s our guide to all the Animal Crossing amiibo cards out there. You can also beautify your town by using our simplified ACNH flower breeding guide for pretty colors in every corner. Oh, and we’ve got a pretty interesting Animal Crossing history lesson for you if we don’t say so ourselves.
Let’s get into our ACNH art guide so you can easel-y fill your museum.
What do I do with ACNH art?
The main point of ACNH art is to complete your museum’s gallery by donating the artwork to Blathers. You can also use them to decorate your house or give them to your favorite villagers as a fine gift.
Where do I get ACNH art?
In order to fill out your museum’s art room you need to track down Redd the wily fox merchant. He sells four pieces of art at a time (in varying levels of authenticity), but you can only purchase one per visit.
Very occasionally, a villager can give you a piece of art – however, they can be fake, and if your villagers are anything like mine, they are more often than not a counterfeit. Thanks for making Blathers sad.
Where do I find Redd in Animal Crossing New Horizons?
As you begin the game, you find a fox wandering on your island one day. This is Animal Crossing’s Redd. Speak to him, and you can strike a deal where he appears on the secret beach at the back of your island in his ship every week, where you can buy the art pieces. These can be counterfeit works or the real deal – but that’s where we come in.
Here is a full list of every artwork in Animal Crossing New Horizons:
|ACNH artwork name||Type||Real artwork name|
|Academic||Painting||Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci|
|Amazing||Painting||The Night Watch by Rembrandt|
|Ancient||Statue||Jōmon Period “Dogū” Figurine Shakōki-dogū|
|Basic||Painting||The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough|
|Beautiful||Statue||Venus de Milo|
|Calm||Painting||A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat|
|Common||Painting||The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet|
|Detailed||Painting||Ajisai Sōkeizu by Itō Jakuchū|
|Dynamic||Painting||The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai|
|Familiar||Statue||The Thinker by Rodin|
|Famous||Painting||Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci|
|Flowery||Painting||Sunflowers by Van Gogh|
|Gallant||Statue||David by Michelangelo|
|Glowing||Painting||The Fighting Temeraire by J. M. W. Turner|
|Graceful||Painting||Beauty Looking Back by Hishikawa Moronobu|
|Great||Statue||King Kamehameha I by Ridgeway Gould|
|Informative||Statue||The Rosetta Stone|
|Jolly||Painting||Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo|
|Moody||Painting||The Sower by Jean-François Millet|
|Moving||Painting||The Birth of Venus by Botticelli|
|Mysterious||Painting||Isle of the Dead by Arnold Bocklin|
|Mystic||Statue||Bust of Nefertiti by Thutmose|
|Nice||Painting||The Fifer by Édouard Manet|
|Perfect||Painting||Apples and Oranges by Cézanne|
|Proper||Painting||A Bar at the Folies-Bergére by Édouard Manet|
|Quaint||Painting||The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer|
|Rock-head||Statue||Olmec Colossal head|
|Scary||Painting||Kabuki Actor Ōtani Oniji III as Yakko Edobei by Tōshūsai Sharaku|
|Scenic||Painting||The Hunters in The Snow by Pieter Brueghel the Elder|
|Serene||Painting||Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci|
|Sinking||Painting||Ophelia by John Everett Millais|
|Solemn||Painting||Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez|
|Twinkling||Painting||Starry Night by Van Gogh|
|Valiant||Statue||Nike of Samothrace|
|Warm||Painting||The Clothed Maja by Francisco Goya|
|Wild (left half)||Painting||Folding Screen of Fūjin and Raijin by Tawaraya Sōtatsu|
|Wild (right half)||Painting||Folding Screen of Fūjin and Raijin by Tawaraya Sōtatsu|
|Wistful||Painting||Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer|
|Worthy||Painting||Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix|
How to tell if ACNH art is real or fake
Right. You’re standing in Redd’s trawler and you’re not sure which piece of art to buy. Well, let us help. Most artworks appear as a fake or a real version, with a subtly silly difference on each. There are also a handful of works that are always genuine. Here, we point out how to spot each fake item.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man appears as either an authentic replica or as a fake with a coffee stain in the top-right corner.
The ACNH amazing painting, Rembrandt’s Night Watch, can be harder to tell apart. In the real version, the main man in the painting has a black hat on. The fake version has him without a hat.
The Blue Boy’s real version shows the boy with a windswept hairstyle, whereas the fake shows him with a full fringe.
The ACNH detailed painting is easily distinguishable – the real version has blue flowers, whereas the counterfeit has purple.
Ah, the Mona Lisa. How do we tell if this one’s real? Well, the fake one has some extreme 2010s eyebrows on her, whereas the real one obviously does not.
Beauty Looking Back, also known as the ACNH graceful painting, has a woman looking over her shoulder toward the right. The fake one, however, has her filling much more of the frame.
Choosing the right ACNH Jolly painting is another tricky situation – look for a flower in the lower right sprouting from the man’s chest. If it has a flower, it is real, and if it does not, it is fake.
Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is a stunning painting, even shrunk down to be the ACNH moving painting. The fake version does not have trees in the top right of the painting, whereas the real version does.
The ACNH quaint painting, the Milkmaid by Vermeer, has a small difference – in the real version, the maid is pouring only a trickle from the jar, whereas in the fake version, there is a lot coming out.
Fittingly, in the real scary painting, the man’s face is in a scary frown – the fake version has his eyebrows and mouth upside down making him look rather happy instead.
The ACNH scenic painting – Hunters in the Snow to you and me – has a subtle difference. The real painting has two hunters in the bottom left, whereas the fake only has one man.
To pick the right ACNH serene painting, you might need a magnifying glass. Look to the back of the room where a man stands in a doorway. If he is touching the door with his arm down, the painting is real. If his hand is in the air, it’s fake.
The real ACNH solemn painting has a woman holding an ermine – a white creature – whereas the fake one has her holding a gray-striped animal that looks more like a ferret.
Wild painting (left half)
The two wild painting halves have the colors swapped between the two characters. In the left half, the real painting has a white character, whereas if he’s green, it’s fake.
Wild painting (right half)
If the character on the right half is white, the painting is fake, but if it’s green, the painting is real. Be careful not to mix these two up!
There are actually two fake versions of the Girl with a Pearl Earring. They both have her wearing a star-shaped earring, and one has her eyes closed. The real version has her wearing a rounded earring with her eyes open.
And now we get to the statue section. First up is the rather alien-looking ancient statue. If there are antenna poking out of its ears, it’s fake.
The Venus de Milo seems smaller in person, huh? Well, if she’s wearing a necklace and facing to the right, the statue is fake.
Michaelangelo’s David is easily identified by his… book. If the statue is holding a book, it’s fake.
This is the literal Rosetta Stone, and probably the easiest fake to recognize. If it’s blue, it’s fake, so walk away.
There’s another sneaky difference on the motherly statue – if the wolf has its tongue hanging out, the statue is not the real deal.
Beautiful Nefertiti’s Bust has a subtle difference that’s easily missed – if it has a large earring, it’s fake.
Discobolus depicts a man holding a discus – and no wristwatch because they didn’t exist when this statue came to be. If the statue you’re looking at has a watch, step away as it’s a fake.
If you want the real ACNH rock-head statue, keep your eyes peeled for an angry-looking head. If it looks happy, you’re out of luck.
The Houmuwu Ding, the tremendous statue, comes without a lid. If Redd’s trying to sell you one that does have a lid, then it’s a counterfeit.
The Winged Nike statue may both look right to the untrained eye, but Blathers taught us well. If the leg on the left of the statue is in front, it is real. If the leg on the right is in front, it is fake and mirrored.
Blink and you may miss the difference here – this part of the Terracotta Army should not be holding anything. If there is a shovel in front of the man, it is fake.
The following paintings and statues are always genuine when they appear for sale, or as a gift from a villager. Simply look for the names, and you can donate them straight to the museum without needing to authenticate them.
- Calm painting
- Common painting
- Dynamic painting
- Flowery painting
- Glowing painting
- Moody painting
- Nice painting
- Perfect painting
- Proper painting
- Sinking painting
- Twinkling painting
- Warm painting
- Worthy painting
- Familiar statue
- Great statue
Right – that’s your lot. Every single fake and real artwork you can possibly find in Animal Crossing New Horizons. For more Nintendo-flavored fun, check out our picks of the best Mario games on Switch and all the Zelda games in order, if you fancy taking on that challenge.