Famous Works of Art

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Which undeniably famous works of art have you seen in person in the location where it is housed (i.e., museum, private collection, etc.)?

  1. 1.
    Mona Lisa
    by Leonardo Da Vinci (Louvre, Paris)

  2. 2.
    The Night Watch
    by Rembrandt Van Rijn (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

  3. 3.
    Las Meninas
    by Diego Velázquez (Prado, Madrid, Spain)

  4. 4.
    The Shootings of May Third 1808
    by Francisco de Goya (Prado, Madrid, Spain)

  5. 5.
    The Last Supper
    by Leonardo Da Vinci (Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy)

  6. 6.
    Sistine Chapel Ceiling
    by Michelangelo (Vatican City)

  7. 7.
    The Starry Night
    by Vincent van Gogh (MoMA, NYC)

  8. 8.
    The Persistence of Memory
    by Salvador Dali (MoMA, NYC)

  9. 9.
    The Laughing Cavalier
    by Frans Hals (The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, London)

  10. 10.
    The Great Wave off Kanagawa (from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji)
    by Katsushika Hokusai (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC or Art Institute of Chicago)

  11. 11.
    American Gothic
    by Grant Wood (The Art Institute of Chicago)

  12. 12.
    by Edward Hopper (The Art Institute of Chicago)

  13. 13.
    Porträt der Adele Bloch-Bauer I
    by Gustav Klimt (Neue Galerie, NYC)

  14. 14.
    The Massacre of the Innocents
    by Peter Paul Rubens (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada)

  15. 15.
    The Kiss
    by Auguste Rodin (Tate Collection, London, England)

  16. 16.
    Self-Portrait With Monkey
    by Frida Kahlo (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York)

  17. 17.
    Girl With A Pearl Earring
    by Jan Vermeer (Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands)

  18. 18.
    The Garden of Earthly Delights
    by Hieronymus Bosch (Prado, Madrid, Spain)

  19. 19.
    The Lady of Shalott (study)
    by John William Waterhouse (Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall, England)

  20. 20.
    Christina's World
    by Andrew Wyeth (MOMA, NYC)

  21. 21.
    by Pablo Picasso (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain)

  22. 22.
    Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist)
    by Jackson Pollock (The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.)

  23. 23.
    The Birth of Venus
    by Sandro Botticelli (Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy)

  24. 24.
    Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo)
    by Alexandros of Antioch? (The Louvre, Paris)

  25. 25.
    The Fountain
    by Marcel Duchamp (Tate Modern, London)

  26. 26.
    Venus of Willendorf
    by unknown paleolithic sculptor (Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria)

  27. 27.
    La Danse (I)
    by Henri Matisse (MOMA, NYC)

  28. 28.
    Detroit Industry (North & South Walls)
    by Diego Rivera (Detroit Institute of Arts)

  29. 29.
    Impression, Sunrise
    by Claude Monet (Musee Marmottan, Paris)

  30. 30.
    by Edouard Manet (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)

  31. 31.
    Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
    by Paul Gauguin (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

  32. 32.
    Poppies, near Argenteuil
    by Claude Monet (Musee d'Orsay, Paris)

  33. 33.
    by Michelangelo (Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence)

  34. 34.
    The Scream
    by Edvard Munch (National Gallery, Oslo)

  35. 35.
    Winged Victory
    by (Louvre, Paris)

  36. 36.
    Daughters of Revolution
    by Grant Wood (Cincinnati Art Museum)

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Created by Megan on Aug 22, 2006.


Ah-ha A Great List to Work On! — 6 years ago

I just found this list today.

I added it as an incentive, to hopefully complete one day. Though it rather goes with any “travel” list most assuredly, as the bulk are in European cities.

But, are there any real rules to what makes something a “famous work of art?” I am sure there are other great works not on the list, but what is “famous” may be opinion to some individuals. And there are few sculpture and no architectural works listed, mostly paintings.

So if I, or anyone, adds something, hope there are not a lot of “snobbier than thou” comments…LOL

I will probably only be able to get to ones that are in American museums, for at least a while.

FYI- David is not in the Uffizi — 6 years ago

It’s in the Galleria dell’Accademia


Pictures! — 7 years ago

I added in pictures for all of them (although they’re obviously not always the best copies…)

great list — 7 years ago

Its a good list. There are various versions of The Kiss, of course, in different locations.

I was under the impression that The Dance was in St Petersburg? That is the version, anyway, that I have seen and I therefore tick.

The only reservations I have are that I’d add more late Medaeval/Renaissace art, dropping The Lady of Shalott in favour of Duccio’s Maesta, or one of the Giotto Murals, and the Rivera in favour of the Raphael’s Athens mural in Rome.

I’d also consider getting rid of Kahlo, who isn’t really that good, in favour of Turner or Edvard Munch.

But of course, the fun of these lists les partly in their subjectivity.

Pictures?? — 7 years ago

Anybody know how I can add pictures to the items to make this list better?

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