The first jigsaw puzzle was invented around 1760 by John Spilsbury, an engraver and cartographer from London. Early versions of jigsaw puzzles were used as educational tools to teach cartography.
Today, the jigsaw puzzle has millions of fans of all ages. Are you one of them? Have fun with our cultural heritage puzzles and discover beautiful artworks when you complete them.
Let’s start with the original idea and purpose of a jigsaw puzzle – can you put together this vintage world map?
The ultimate challenge facing a 17th-century still-life painter was to render various materials in a convincing fashion. Did Abraham Mignon who painted these flowers do a good job? Complete the puzzle and tell us what you think.
A room full of art
This room is filled with paintings that are all of existing Flemish, German and Italian works of art. Do the puzzle and see them all!
Fairies of the Meadow
These meadow fairies represent spring. In the background – a romantic landscape at twilight. A beautiful image, a difficult puzzle.
Artist at work
A vase painter at work. Solve the puzzle to enjoy all the details of her studio, and her pretty red dress.
In the mood for more puzzles and art? See if you can spot the 8 differences in these paintings.
By Aleksandra Strzelichowska, Europeana Foundation