This paper describes an approach to automatically classify digital pictures of paintings by artistic genre. While the task of artistic classification is often entrusted to human experts, recent advances in machine learning and multimedia feature extraction has made this task easier to automate. Automatic classification is useful for organizing large digital collections, for automatic artistic recommendation, and even for mobile capture and identification by consumers. Our evaluation uses variable-resolution painting data gathered across Internet sources rather than solely using professional high-resolution data. Consequently, we believe this solution better addresses the task of classifying consumer-quality digital captures than other existing approaches. We include a comparison to existing feature extraction and classification methods as well as an analysis of our own approach across classifiers and feature vectors.