20 Works of Art To See Before You Die

There is an overwhelming amount of art out there for people to see, many might find it hard to determine where to go and which ones to give priority.  Now while this may seem like a very subjective topic and one which seems impossible for a person to figure out, one man is attempting to do just that.  Jonathan Jones, an art critic from The Guardian, has created a list of 20 works, which he feels everyone should see before they die.  Eventually he wants to, with the help and input of The Guardian’s readers, create a list of 50.  So listed below are the 20 which can also be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2006/nov/03/theworksofartthatmatterm.  Agree? Disagree? Feel something is missing? Don’t hesitate to add your opinion!  Feeling adventurous after reading this list? Pack your bags, your passport, and some money…there’s a lot of travelin’ to do!

  1. Jan van Eyck, The Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, c.1435, Musée du Louvre, Paris
  2. Caravaggio, The Burial of St. Lucy (1608), Museo di Palazzo Bellomo, Syracuse, Sicily
  3. Rembrandt, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer (1654), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  4. San Rock Art, South African National Museum, Cape Town
  5. Paul Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire from Les Lauves (1904 – 6), Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
  6. Michelangelo, Moses (installed 1545), Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome
  7. Leonardo da Vinci, The Adoration of the Magi, (c. 1481), Uffizi Gallery, Florence
  8. Mark Rothko, The Rothko Chapel (paintings 1965-66; chapel opened 1971), Houston, Texas
  9. Vermeer, View of Delft (c.1660-61), Mauritshuis, The Hague
  10. Matthias Grünewald, The Isenheim Altarpiece (c.1509-15), Musée Unterlinden, Colmar, France
  11. Hans Holbein, The Dead Christ, (1521-2), Kunstmuseum, Basel
  12. Velázquez, Las Meninas (1656), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
  13. Funerary Mask of Tutankhamun (1333-1323BC), Egyptian Museum, Cairo
  14. Jackson Pollock, One: Number 31, 1950, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  15. Masaccio, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise (c.1427), Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence.
  16. Pablo Picasso, Guernica (1937), Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid
  17. Titian, Danaë (c. 1544-6), Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples
  18. Raphael, The School of Athens (1510-11), Stanza della Signatura, Vatican Palace, Rome
  19. Parthenon Sculptures (“Elgin Marbles”), c. 444 BC, British Museum, London
  20. Henri Matisse, The Dance (1910), Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

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