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If the Mona Lisa didn't exist, what would the default Greatest Painting be?

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by Santino, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    The Mona Lisa is often used as a sort of metonym or shorthand for art (that is Western art) in general. A bit like in the way that Beethoven's Fifth is shorthand for classical music, or Hamlet for English literature. I was idly wondering what other painting might have fulfilled this role if the Mona Lisa simply ceased to exist. Is there a widely acknowledged Second Greatest Painting in the world? (Whether or not you personally think the Mona Lisa is actually The Greatest Painting In The World is of course beside the point.)
     
  2. strung out

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  3. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

  4. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

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  5. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    To be srs: Monet’s Waterlillies is pretty popular. Also Constable’s Hay Wain.
     
  6. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

  7. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    The Scream.
     
  8. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

    There is only is one contender

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  9. JimW

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  10. dessiato

    dessiato Maholo e ke akua no kei la

    For me it would possibly be any of the great paintings by Dali. But I think possibly this is a more generally accepted great painting.

    Johannes_Vermeer_(1632-1675)_-_The_Girl_With_The_Pearl_Earring_(1665).jpg
     
  11. Bonfirelight

    Bonfirelight Crocodile

    The Scream and Sunflowers are good shouts.

    other contenders given that i think you're after something great and classic and famous would be The Last Supper, Girl with a pearl earring, Birth of Venus, Guernica maybe..
     
  12. Bonfirelight

    Bonfirelight Crocodile

  13. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    the alien take me to your dealer one
     
  14. PippinTook

    PippinTook Well-Known Member

    1280px-Van_Gogh_-_Starry_Night_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

    This would be my choice....
     
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  15. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    She could do with a touch of moisturiser.
     
  16. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

  17. fishfinger

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  18. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    This would be the popular choice, but I'd choose Guernica.
     
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  19. copliker

    copliker ...

  20. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Looks like a mouldy cock going from the middle to the left, is it a Stanley Edwards?
     
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  21. PippinTook

    PippinTook Well-Known Member

    I'm sure you know.
     
  22. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Looks too fine to be his blue nun period...
     
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  23. PippinTook

    PippinTook Well-Known Member

    Starry night....as you know...:)

    Klimt deserves a spot...:)
    klimt-der-kuss-1908.jpg
     
  24. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    I agree with Monet but I think Constable is probably not famous enough outside the UK.
     
  25. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    it needs to be recognisable enough to work as an allusion in the simpsons - most of these don't.
     
  26. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    I'd put the creation of Adam from the Sistine Chapel in as a candidate too.
     
  27. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    naked venus? in the seashell, last supper in with a shout
     
  28. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Shall i tell him?
     
  29. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

  30. dessiato

    dessiato Maholo e ke akua no kei la

    I first saw Botticelli's Birth of Venus in Florence when I was 14. I still remember the impact it had on me. So I don't really know which to choose. The more I think about it the more wonderful paintings come to mind.
     
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