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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. strung out

    strung out (",)

    This hits all of those targets too I think

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  2. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    Well, if were doing paintings of boats:

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    I have stood in front of this painting for hours, studying the brushwork.
     
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  3. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby The end is meh

  4. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

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    Yellow Band, Rothko
     
  5. Pickman's model

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

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    i have stood in front of this for minutes admiring the brushwork
     
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  6. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Filthy bastard.
     
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  7. Pickman's model

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

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    yves klein, untitled monochrome blue
     
  8. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

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    Robert Rauschenberg, White painting 1951.
     
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  9. Pickman's model

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

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    anemic albinos in winter camouflage throwing snowballs in a blizzard (pickman's model, 2018)
     
  10. Sea Star

    Sea Star abandoned account, please demolish

    for my grand parents generation this was proper art

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    used to see variations of this everywhere when i was a kid.
     
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  11. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

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    Yuwipi Woman, paper moon (2018)
     
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  12. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen


    My grandparents raised 12 kids (and 2 grandchildren) in a two-room, dirt floor shack, but they had a print of this on the wall:

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  13. Sea Star

    Sea Star abandoned account, please demolish

    you've reminded me - my great grandparents had a print of this on the wall. Used to see this being used a lot as well.
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  14. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    That cat is getting ready to fuck up her soldiers.
     
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  15. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

  16. ElizabethofYork

    ElizabethofYork Witchsmeller Pursuivant

    Another wonderful Vermeer

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  17. PippinTook

    PippinTook Well-Known Member

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  18. PippinTook

    PippinTook Well-Known Member

    That is beautiful. He was so brilliant at capturing light.
     
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  19. PippinTook

    PippinTook Well-Known Member


    Many injuries occur during office parties when this sort of thing happens... :D
     
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  20. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    I think this is my shortlist from the various nominations.

    Botticelli - Birth of Venus
    Klimt - The Kiss
    Leonardo - The Last Supper
    Michelangelo - the Creation of Man
    Monet - Waterlillies
    Munch - The Scream
    Picasso - Guernica
    Rembrandt - [one of self portraits]
    Van Eyck - Arnolfini double portrait
    Van Gogh - Sunflowers, Starry Night
    Velazquez - Las Meninas
    Vermeer - Girl with a Pearl Earring

    In some ways Hokusai's The Wave is a very strong contender, but of course it is not strictly speaking a piece of Western art.

    I'm tempted to rule out some of the more modern ones, Klimt, Munch and Picasso, for being too much a symbol of post-1900 painting, rather than the whole tradition. Picasso in particular still 'stands for' modern art.

    As it also needs to be something easy to represent in a parody or something like an emoji, I'd also rule out anything too busy - so that's Botticelli, The Last Supper and Las Meninas out too. So we're left with:

    Michelangelo - the Creation of Man
    Monet - Waterlillies
    Rembrandt - [one of self portraits]
    Van Eyck - Arnolfini double portrait
    Van Gogh - Sunflowers, Starry Night
    Vermeer - Girl with a Pearl Earring
     
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  21. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Despite my nomination originally being Waterlillies, I think I’m persuaded either to Pearl Earing or Sunflowers, each for their greater iconic value in the general gestalt. Scream is arguably the most iconic but I don’t think the public views it as “best painting” so much as “quite groovy”
     
  22. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    I put The Scream down as a joke, I don't know what kind of dystopia it would be the world's greatest painting in. Oh wait...
     
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  23. copliker

    copliker ...

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  24. Pickman's model

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

    the arnolfini picture: there's two people in it but it's not the arnolfini double portrait. it's either 'the arnolfini portrait' or 'portrait of giovanni(?) arnolfini and his wife' (according to the national gallery and they should know Jan van Eyck | The Arnolfini Portrait | NG186 | National Gallery, London)
     
  25. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

  26. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    It's an ace painting. I'd shove it forward ahead of the Mona Lisa if I were trying to explain painting to an alien.
     
  27. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

    As a proud Hounslow, I shoild point out that werew the Paris Monday Mona Lisa be destroyed tomorrow there would still be the Isleworth Mona Lisa, which is better because it has got columns and waa painted when Lisa was younger

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  28. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Well it's not a painting either, but I think limiting this to just 'Western' art is too parochial. It does meet just about every other criterion for being one of the best known, most iconic images ever produced.

    On the other hand this would be my preference to the Mona Lisa.
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  29. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    That's kind of the point of the discussion.
     
  30. killer b

    killer b Gazing vacantly at a plate of mince

    There was once an original painting of the great wave, but the process of making the block for printing will have destroyed it...
     
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