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What are the greatest works of visual art?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (32864points) March 21st, 2014

An art critic from the Guardian made his choices here.

What would you add?

I would add the Venus de Milo. When I saw it, I swore she was ready to move, and her garment actually flowed.

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Strauss's avatar

I would add this showing King Mithridates (in royal apparel), shaking the hand of Hercules. Believed to have been created between 70 B.C. and 38 B.C. With the detail of the relief, it is amazing to think that this sculpture has survived almost 2100 years.

Cruiser's avatar

I truly thought I would find my favorite The Pieta by Michelangelo on that list.

ucme's avatar

I would argue the case for cinema, some fine movies have graced the big screen over the years.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

I would add Franzetta’s Death Dealer. Even among non-Franzetta followers it is recognizable. The brush strokes are uncomplicated, most of the depth comes from the contrast where your eye fills in the details. I certainly would have to add that one, but not just that, there are others I would insert instead of some of his selections.

Brian1946's avatar


I really like some of Kandinsky’s work, but 404 Not Found isn’t one of them. ;-)

NanoNano's avatar


Sorry. Thought that link was good. Guess its not. You can find his work on any Google search of course… (I paint abstracts myself).

Pandora's avatar

I love Velazquez. Wow there are so many, I would have a hard time picking one out. , Love Monets gardens. You just want to touch his paintings.
But the very first painting I ever saw in person and fell in love with was Flaming June.,by_Fredrick_Lord_Leighton(1830–1896).jpg It looks so complicated and yet simple. The colors are awesome to see in person and you just want to be her for a moment. She looks so peaceful. Almost like she was embraced in graceful sleep.
The vatican had some beautiful tapestries I have ever seen.
And the best sculpture is Michelangelos Pieta. You can’t look away, it looks so real. There was not one missing detail. You felt her sorrow.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ Link must have an underscore it it or double dashes to make Fluther think it is a strike. the page doesn’t come up.

Cruiser's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central There is some glitch to that link that for some reason won’t paste here in a useable form so I was able to find another

The Flaming June

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ Thanks that worked, and it was a nice piece of art.

Cruiser's avatar

^^I have never seen it before and really like it too! I am a budding painter and someday hope to be able to paint like that.

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