23 Western Art Masterpieces That You Must Know

I recently started exploring art through wikipedia tours. Each art piece listed below is linked to its original wikipedia article. I found this list very interesting and decided to reproduce the list on Visceral Observations.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

1.Venus Di Milo

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The Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. It is believed to depict Aphrodite (called Venus by the Romans), the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6.7 ft) high. Its arms and original plinth have been lost.

From an inscription that was on its plinth, it is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch; it was earlier mistakenly attributed to the master sculptor Praxiteles.

It is at present on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The story of its discovery and fame is worth reading at wikipedia page.

2. The Arnolfini Portrait

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The Arnolfini Portrait is a painting in oils on oak panel executed by the Early Netherlandish painter Jan van Eyck in 1434. Among other titles, it is also known by several names. One of the more popular names being “The Arnolfini Wedding”.

This painting is believed to be a portrait of Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife in a room, presumably in their home in the Flemish city of Bruges. It is considered one of the most original and complex paintings in Western art history. It is one of the oldest very famous panel painting to have been executed in oils rather than in tempera. The painting was bought by the National Gallery in London in 1842.

The illusionism of the painting was remarkable for its time, in part for the rendering of detail, but particularly for the use of light to evoke space in an interior, for “its utterly convincing depiction of a room, as well of the people who inhabit it”. Read the complete article in wikipedia to know more about its technique and interpretation.

3. The Birth of Venus

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The Birth of Venus is a painting by Sandro Botticelli. It depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a full grown woman, arriving at the sea-shore. The painting is currently in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

4. Monalisa

Most famous portrait. Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda) is a 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. The work is owned by the French government and hangs in the Musee du Louvre in Paris, France with the title Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. I would write more, read the wikipedia article.

5. The Garden of Earthy Delights

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The Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych (Art consisting of a painting or carving on three panels) painted by the early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516). It is housed in the Museo del Prado in Madrid since 1939.

It is Bosch’s best-known and most ambitious work. The triptych depicts several biblical and heretical scenes on a grand scale and as a “true triptych”, was probably intended to illustrate the history of mankind according to medieval Christian doctrine. Art historians and critics frequently interpret the painting as a didactic warning on the perils of life’s temptations.

6. Sistine Chapel ceiling

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The Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. It is one of the most renowned artworks of the High Renaissance. The ceiling is that of the large Sistine Chapel built within the Vatican by Pope Sixtus IV, begun in 1477 and finished by 1480.

Its various painted elements comprise part of a larger scheme of decoration within the Sistine Chapel which includes the large fresco of The Last Judgment on the sanctuary wall, also by Michelangelo, wall paintings by several other artists and a set of large tapestries by Raphael, the whole illustrating much of the doctrine of the Catholic Church.

Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which the Creation of Adam is the best known, having an iconic standing equalled only by Leonardo da Vinci‘s Mona Lisa, the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations. Visit wikipedia to read more.

7. The Ambassadors

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The Ambassadors (1533) is a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger in the National Gallery, London. Not only is this painting a double portrait, it also contains a still life of several meticulously rendered objects, the meaning of which is the cause of much debate. It is also a much-cited example of anamorphosis (A distorted projection or perspective; especially an image distorted in such a way that it becomes visible onlyย when viewed in a special manner) in painting. Notice the skull in the bottom center of the painting to see anamorphosis.

8. The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

count_of_orgazThe Burial of the Count of Orgaz is a painting by El Greco, a painter, sculptor, and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. Widely considered among his finest works, it illustrates a popular local legend of his time. An exceptionally large painting, it is very clearly divided into two sections: heavenly above and terrestrial below. However, the painting hardly gives an impression of duality, as the upper and lower sections are brought together compositionally.

The theme of the painting is inspired from a legend of the beginning of the 14th century. In 1312, there was a certain Don Gonzalo Ruรญz, who was posthumously bestowed title of Count of Orgaz. According to the legend, at the time Count of Orgaz was buried, Saint Stephen and Saint Augustine descended in person from the heavens and buried him by their own hands in front of the dazzled eyes of those present. Heavenly Above. Terrestrial below is easily understandble now.

9. The Night Watch

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The Night Watch is the common name of one of the most famous works by Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. The painting is on prominent display in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is its most famous painting.

The painting is renowned for three elements: its colossal size, the effective use of light and shadow, and the perception of motion in what would have been, traditionally, a static military portrait.

10. Las Meninas

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Las Meninas is Spanish for The Maids of Honour. It is a 1656 painting by Diego Velazquez (1599-1660), the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The work’s complex and enigmatic composition raises questions about reality and illusion, and creates an uncertain relationship between the viewer and the figures depicted. Because of these complexities, Las Meninas has been one of the most widely analysed works in Western painting.

Las Meninas shows a large room in the Madrid palace of King Philip IV of Spain, and presents several figures, most identifiable from the Spanish court, captured, according to some commentators, in a particular moment as if in a snapshot. The young Infanta Margarita is surrounded by her entourage of maids of honour, chaperone, bodyguard, two dwarfs and a dog. Just behind them, Velazquez portrays himself working at a large canvas.A mirror hangs in the background and reflects the upper bodies of the king and queen.

11. The Death of Marat

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The Death of Marat is a 1793 painting in the Neoclassic style by Jacques-Louis David. It is one of the most famous images of the French Revolution. It refers to the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat, killed on the 13th of July 1793 by Charlotte Corday.

12. The Third of May 1808

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The Third of May 1808 is a painting completed in 1814 by the Spanish master Francisco Goya, now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. In the work, Goya sought to commemorate Spanish resistance to Napoleon’s armies during the occupation of 1808. Along with its companion piece of the same size, The Second of May 1808, it was commissioned by the provisional government of Spain at Goya’s suggestion.

The Third of May 1808 has inspired a number of other major paintings, including a series by Edouard Manet, and Pablo Picasso’s Massacre in Korea and his masterpiece Guernica.

13.Whistler’s Mother

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Whistler’s Mother is an 1871 oil-on-canvas painting by American-born painter James McNeill Whistler. The painting is displayed in a frame of Whistler’s own design. It is now owned by the Musรฉe d’Orsay in Paris. It occasionally tours worldwide. Although an icon of American art, it rarely appears in the United States.

There has been divergent use of the image in the Victorian era and later, especially in the United States, as an icon for motherhood, affection for parents, and “family values” in general. For example, in 1934 the U.S. Post office issued a stamp engraved with a stylized image of Whistler’s Mother, accompanied by the slogan “In Memory and In Honor of the Mothers of America.”

14. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

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One of my favorites. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884 is Georges Seurat‘s most famous work. It is an example of pointillism (A style of painting in which small distinct points of primary colors create the impression of a wide selection of secondary and intermediate colors.) The island of la Grande Jatte is in the Seine in Paris. Although for many years it was an industrial site, it is today the site of a public garden and a housing development.

Seurat spent two years painting it, focusing scrupulously on the landscape of the park. He would go and sit in the park and make numerous sketches of the various figures in order to perfect their form. He concentrated on the issues of color, light, and form.

15. The Starry Night

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The Starry Night is a painting by Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. The painting depicts the view outside his sanitarium room window at night, although it was painted from memory during the day. Since 1941, it has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Widely hailed as van Gogh’s magnum opus, the painting has been reproduced many times and is one of his most renowned paintings.

16. Haystacks

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Haystacks is the title of a series of impressionist paintings by Claude Monet. The primary subjects of all of the paintings in the series are stacks of hay that have been stacked in the field after the harvest season. The title refers primarily to a twenty-five canvas series begun the autumn of 1890 and continued through the following spring, using that year’s harvest.

The series is known for its thematic use of repetition to show differences in perception of light across various times of day, seasons, and types of weather. The subjects were painted in fields near Monet’s home in Giverny, France.

17. The Scream

thescreamWell, everyone has heard of it or seen it. The Scream is a seminal series of expressionist paintings by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, depicting an agonised figure against a blood red sky. It is said by some to symbolise the human species overwhelmed by an attack of existential angst. The landscape in the background is Oslofjord, viewed from the hill of Ekeberg, in Oslo, Norway.

Edvard Munch created several versions of The Scream in various media. The Scream has also been the target of several high-profile art thefts. Hop on to wikipedia to read more.

18. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

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Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon) is a large oil painting by Pablo Picasso that depicts five prostitutes in a brothel from Avinyรณ street (Barcelona). The eye-catching painting is one of Picasso’s most famous, widely considered to be a seminal work in the early development of Cubism (Remember, cubism was pioneered by Picasso).

19. Fountain

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Fountain is a 1917 work by Marcel Duchamp. It is one of the pieces which he called readymades (also known as found art), because he made use of an already existing object-in this case a urinal, which he titled Fountain and signed “R. Mutt”. It was submitted to an art show as an act of provocation, but was lost shortly after this. It is a major landmark in 20th century art. Replicas commissioned by Duchamp in the 1960s are now on display in museums.

This art also reminds me of My Name is Amar, Akbar, Anthony song.

20. American Gothic

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American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood from 1930. Portraying a pitchfork-holding farmer and a younger woman (imagined to be his wife or daughter) in front of a house of Carpenter Gothic style, it is one of the most familiar images in 20th century American art.

Wood wanted to depict the traditional roles of men and women as the man is holding a pitchfork symbolizing hard labor. Wood referenced late 19th century photography and posed his sitters in a manner reminiscent of early American portraiture. It is also one of the most spoofed painitngs. ๐Ÿ™‚

21. Guernica

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Guernica is a monumental painting by Pablo Picasso, depicting the Nazi German bombing of Guernica (Spain) by twenty-eight bombers, on April 26, 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. The attack killed between 250 and 1,600 people, and many more were injured.

The Spanish government commissioned Pablo Picasso to paint a large mural for the Spanish display at the Paris International Exposition (the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris). The Guernica bombing inspired Picasso. Within 15 days of the attack, Pablo Picasso began painting this mural.

On completion Guernica was displayed around the world in a brief tour, becoming famous and widely acclaimed. This tour brought the Spanish civil war to the world’s attention. Guernica epitomizes the tragedies of war and the suffering war inflicts upon individuals. This monumental work has eclipsed the bounds of a single time and place, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace.

22. Nighthawks

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Nighthawks (1942) is a painting by Edward Hopper that portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. It is not only Hopper’s most famous painting, but also one of the most recognizable in American art. It is currently in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

23. Campbell’s Soup Cans

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This is my least preferred item on the list.

Campbell’s Soup Cans (sometimes referred to as 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans) is a work of art produced in 1962 by Andy Warhol. It consists of 32 canvases, each consisting of a painting of a Campbell’s Soup can-one of each of the canned soup varieties the company offered at the time. The individual paintings were produced with a semi-mechanized silkscreen process, using a non-painterly style. Campbell’s Soup Cans’ reliance on themes from popular culture helped to usher in pop art as a major art movement.

Which one is your favorite? If you have a any other art piece that you recommend, please write in the comments. You can find wikipedia tours here.

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36 Responses to “23 Western Art Masterpieces That You Must Know”


  1. 1 Joel January 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    That’s a good collection and an inspirational post as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 2 Reema January 29, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    A very different and nice post ๐Ÿ™‚ And I came to know a new aspect of Ms.Poonam that she is quite interested in art.
    Speaking of masterpieces why isn’t MonaLisa on the list?

  3. 3 Dev January 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Impressed! Painting is such an abstract art for me that I need an appreciation course on it before I can start understanding it more.

  4. 4 Biju Mathews January 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    This is good and very informative. You seem to have scripted Mona Lisa’s but missed her beautiful picture. Maybe you should also add Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer. Here the wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait_of_Adele_Bloch-Bauer_I

    Keep Blogging!!

  5. 5 Chirag January 30, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Poonam, my fav one is “The Garden of Earthy Delights” depicts the whole civilization and the eternal truth on the single canvas. Awesome.

  6. 6 Sahaja January 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Good collection ….I have personally seen the first few on the list and my fav being Sistine Chapel celing!!

    ALso, the sunday afternoon, its exactly like that in summer in chester by the riverside a sunday afternoon! its an njoyable sight!

  7. 7 Solilo January 30, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    That’s a new and interesting post. I remember Venus de Milo statue at our house while growing up. Don’t know what happened to it. Have to ask my mom.

  8. 9 Anshul January 31, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Whistler’s mother reminds me of Mr. Bean.

  9. 10 Liju Philip January 31, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    The “Scream” became much famous as it was aired by MTV (or was it Channel V?)

    Maybe i can someday make a trip to the Vatican and see the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

  10. 11 Destination Infinity February 1, 2009 at 12:15 am

    My favorites would be the Sunday afternoon on an island painting and the nighthawks painting. Both are lively and contemporary. But this is a good list of art works to know about. It seems Winston Churchill started painting after the age of 40 and still managed to pick up the skill! At least we can admire such works!

    Destination Infinity

  11. 12 Amit February 1, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Out of these, I have heard of MonaLisa(ofcourse), the Sistine Chapel, Venus De milo, the starry night and American Gothic. The Starry night was one of the most favorite paintings of one of my friend and she had even painted a replica.
    I really want to see the Sistine Chapel once before I die. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 13 Roop Rai February 2, 2009 at 10:16 am

    i read this post a while back … but was thinking about it earlier today while watching a show on discovery. isn’t it amazing how much these monuments – albeit inanimate – tell us about where we come from. hmm.

  13. 14 Poonam Sharma February 2, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    @Joel: Thanks! I plan to blog more about it. If you have any recommendations, feel free to send.

    @Reema: Monalisa is there on the list. I haven’t put its pic, as I thought everyone would know about it.

    God willing, I will have more coming. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Dev: If you ever decide to go to a art appreciation coure, take me along. In fact, in your movie frames you can put some significant art on the wall.

    @Biju Mathews: Thanks for the appreciation! Other day I was showing Gustav Klimtโ€™s Adele Bloch-Bauerto my colleagues. It was one of most expensive paintings, I asked them to look at the gold in the painting. Yet, that was some price.

    @Chirag: Yes, a painting that ahs mammoth details and profound meaning.

    @Sahaja: Sistine chapel is a fancy of most people. THough other pne is my presonal favorite.

    @Solio: So did you find out where is that Venus Di Milo statue in your house? Who got it at your place, they must have some good taste.

    @Vishesh: THanks!

    @Anshul: How so? THis pic may look bit too grim to remind of Mr. Bean’s silliness.

    @Liju: Scream has also been made famous by various spoof. ๐Ÿ™‚ God willing, you will visit Vatican soon. Bring lots of pic and blog…put it on your list of 100 things to do before you kick the bucket..to blog about your own Vatican pics. ๐Ÿ˜›

    @Destination Infinity: THose are my favorites too. I dont think I can pick skills of cretaing such art, but I am defintely interested in art appreciation skills. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Amit: Another Sistine Chapel fan. Read Lihu’s comemnt and my answer. Maybe we can take collective pilgrimage to Vatican and blog about handshake with Pope. ๐Ÿ˜›

    @Roop Rai: These inanimate things provide us with more animation than other things w come to rely on. Yes, they do tell where we come from, what our sensibilities are, our true reflections..

  14. 15 fruity February 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Whistler’s mom reminds me of Mr.Bean and I laughed out hard….god…that was funny.
    Yeah paintings are amazing..I’d like to see the famous paintings in Louvre in my lifetime..
    So far I have just seen one original Pablo Picasso and that was awesome!!!!!!!One of his most stupid works though and of no value but hey that’s only what my aunt could afford!!

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. 16 vimal February 3, 2009 at 5:10 am

    No wonder you received Reemas award ! This post is simply brilliant; very informative. cuz I hardly knew 2-3 from the entire list !

    @ Anshul : LOL

    @ Poonam : I guess you havent watched Mr.Bean movie. The whole movie revolves around this potrait !

  16. 17 Poonam Sharma February 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    @Fruity: I too will visit Paris soon. And I remeber seeing Piaccaso’s other works. When I was kid I used to think of them as odd geometrical figures. I think I will make artist-specific post now.

    I have never owned an original painting yet.

    @Vimal: I have watched only 2 Mr. Bean movie. One Mr. Bean’s Holiday and other Johnny English. Though I have watched seevral Mr. Bean episode, non to do witht hsi painting. But thanks, now I do understand Anshul’s comment that I thought was somewaht cryptic. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 18 Alice February 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    intelligent post… made me actually think of all the masterpieces that have made this universe… amazing stuff, Poonam!

  18. 19 museditions February 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    What a stunning list! I was familiar with many of them, but to see them all in one place is a real treat! Have you ever seen the musical play “Sunday in the Park with George”, based on the Seurat? It made me appreciate the work even more.

  19. 20 Poonam Sharma February 3, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    @Alice: THnaks Alice, I am glad you liked them.

    @Muse: I knew you would like this post. In fact, I was waiting for you to comment. ope, I haven’t watched that musical.

    I want to write more posts (and learn more) about art. Do you have any recommendations to make? like where to start?

  20. 21 rob February 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    It’s a very good collection, indeed. Yet, may I take the liberty of drawing your attention to the fact that there are also Western architectural masterpieces. So, please consider adding architecture to your collection. Perhaps this post of mine might be of some help.
    Best regards
    Rob

  21. 22 Man of Roma February 4, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Poonam, this is in fact a different post of yours. When did you get interested in painting or generally in art? As I told you, my ears work better than my eyes (sometimes I even have problems in distinguishing colours lol) so I guess this has influenced my cultural experience.

    I think I love all the works presented. A very good selection indeed, that shows maybe your interest is not just begun yesterday. I am able to enjoy art especially in a context, as an element of a culture. Being Italian Iโ€™ll skip the Italian & Latin stuff, with the exception of ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’, so delightfully French. One sees in it the sweet refined life of XIX century Paris.

    I also like The Scream and the Starry Night. The Scream makes me think of the almost paranoid life of the folks with no sun and light, while American Gothic I like as an intriguing glimpse over American history.

    PS
    I take your post as a stimulus. I plan to change and I also want to get more into non auditive art.

  22. 23 Poonam Sharma February 6, 2009 at 10:36 am

    @Rob: Just today I was reading about Palladio’s work and now your post. I guess I will make a separate post about architecture. There’s lot taht can be mentioned. Thanks for coming by! ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Manofroma: I have been interested for long, but I have been looking for people to teach my appreciation of inmer points/details. I still have to elarn that. But yes, I have been researching for long, so I am familiar with most works of famous painters/sculptures. After reading your post, I went to read about every work of Carvaggio.

    โ€˜A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatteโ€™ is mu fav of the list. I love its vibrancy and realism.

    I would be glad if my post could provide you stimulus for the change you desire.

  23. 24 manushi February 6, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    the birth of Venus is one of my favorites!…you should check another painting of Claude Monet too- Water Lillies its beautiful!! and not to forget my favourite painter…Frida Kahlo…her work is terrific! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ….and thankyou soo much for your warm comments and voting ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 25 Man of Roma February 6, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Yes, it could provide that stimulus to change plus and it could also be a common ground for discussion. From my angle, what I like in Caravaggio is that he depicts the simple poor people of the streets of Rome in a period in which this city, at end of Renaissance, was no more than 100,000 people, with majestic churches and great palaces, with dangerous slums all around. War of religions, fundamentalisms, intolerance were growing in Europe (like in the world now). Caravaggio’s colours are in fact not as luminous, radiant as the Renaissance Sistine Chapel or Leonardo’s, they are gloomy, with sharp contrast between light and shadows. At that period the Inquisition thrived and some free-thinking philosophers were burnt (like Giordano Bruno, for example, or Galileo, who was processed and tortured).

  25. 26 Poonam Sharma February 9, 2009 at 11:04 am

    @Manushi: I have seen Ment’s series on water lilies. I have to check Frida Kahlo though. THnaks for sharing, it just added another nugget to my knowledge.

    @Manofroma: See these observation about painting, colours and shade, I am still develoing. I understand art with explanations. Then I earn to look for something. I guess its late in life but better late than never. THanks for your enlightening comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. 27 sulz February 12, 2009 at 3:54 am

    great post! i’d like to learn more about art but i don’t usually know where to start ‘cos wikipedia articles can be really long. this is a quick read and i actually learnt a few new pieces. some i recognise from books, movies and tv shows. ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. 28 Poonam Sharma February 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    @sulz: Yup, some of these have ben used popluarly in movies and books. I am glad you found this post useful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. 29 Apar February 15, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Beautiful post Poonam. Was wondering if you have “art of the day” on iGoogle ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. 30 ahumanbean February 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Note of dissent:

    While all of these paintings are remarkable, where are the paintings from the East / the Far East?

    This list is a typical western-centric one. How many times do you see such a list of The Most Important Paintings from the Indian Subcontinent…?

    Really, we post-Colonial era Indians need to learn about 20 works of important Eastern Art ( the iconic Buddha, Raja Ravi Varma, the Harappan dancing girls are on MY list) before blindly following the dark undertones of the Western ooohers and aaah-ers

    Hey, you are right. But this list was specifically for western art. I do intend to compile eastern art masterpieces for my blog. Do you have any suggestions that may help me?

  30. 31 Roxteady December 6, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Amazing piece of info. Amazing works of art, except a couple. After Monalisa & the Sistine chapel, I wonder how u left out, The Last Supper. Anyhow, hatsoff to this collection…. ::Worship::

  31. 32 Prolific Dyslexic March 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    You could have also included Rodin’s Kiss, Wren’s St. Paul, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. When it comes to Monet, I rather prefer his series of Water lilies. Also, Van Gogh’s Postman Roulin (from his sketches), the sunflower arrangements and a few of his sketches of life at Arles. The Potato Eaters is superb. (ok I’m a fan). Then there’s Cezanne and his series of Landscapes involving Sainte-Victoire. (this is where I confess that I’m a fan of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.
    Ok. Now I need to write a blogpost too ๐Ÿ˜

    • 33 Poonam Sharma March 6, 2010 at 11:55 pm

      Ah, those are there. But this was was made to list the most popular ones. Ones you can;t do without knowing. A critic’s choice often varies from the popular one.

      Really, you should do your post. That will be very interesting. I now want to compile a list of Eastern masterpieces, maybe you could help me with that. What do you say?

  32. 34 sawavarry September 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    What a comment!! Very interesting… Looking for more posts like this!! Keep you the goodwork!
    Anyway thank you for this blog.

  33. 35 ali neill September 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I can see you’re a big wikipedia fan ๐Ÿ˜„ that’s awesome


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