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. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam.

  2. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    Is it odd that I find that first painting very disturbing but the second one not so much?
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  3. Pickman's model

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

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  4. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    The first one...creepy eyes are frightening and he has a weird leery smile.
    The second one...is someone crying and upset..maybe they saw the first picture and it upset them.

  5. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Bulla liberali in perpetuum.

    The eyes fail to follow one around the room though ... :hmm:

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  6. strung out

    strung out (",)

    IIn terms of ubiquity, I've seen prints/copies of J H Lynch paintings almost more than anything else over the last few years, e.g.

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  7. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    What's odd is that you're asking us why you think one is more disturbing than the other.
  8. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    Lol...perhaps I'm just wondering
  9. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    This was mentioned in a Chinese historical novel I'm reading, have to confess hadn't even heard of the (famous) painter Kramskoi and reading the Wiki entry it's got a lot of Mona Lisa-esque qualities; clearly well-known in Russia and China (working class character brings home a print in my novel) and the art world:
    Portrait of an Unknown Woman - Wikipedia
  10. Nine Bob Note

    Nine Bob Note Wry Observor of Humanoid Folly

  11. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

  12. copliker

    copliker ...

  13. copliker

    copliker ...

    No this is my favourite now.


    Bless you Jon McNaughton.
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  14. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    who is the blue suit guy? another everyman character, or some repub buffoon?
  15. copliker

    copliker ...

    "The Modern Christian" apparently.

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  16. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    I need one of those Excel quizzes with this so I can spend all day at work identifying the people in it.
  17. copliker

    copliker ...

    I like the three stooges "y I oughta" motif but unimpressed that Stalin is towering over Napoleon.
  18. Epona

    Epona Tired & Emulsional...

    OMFG I love you for doing that xx :D :D
  19. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Not really my cuppa, but seeing this in the flesh, the colours are extraordinary

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  20. hash tag

    hash tag member

    I discovered Yves Tanguy last week.....

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  21. Epona

    Epona Tired & Emulsional...

    No offense, but I just kind of object to the default position that the Mona Lisa is the greatest painting of all time, and that we'd have to pretend it didn't exist in order to elect something different. And I'd be hard pressed to pick 1 painting out of everything available.
  22. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Don't be such a Grinch. How much of an excuse do you want to post a picture of a beautiful painting. When my daughter was a babe, she loved this; landseers dignity and impudence N00604_9.jpg
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  23. Ax^

    Ax^ Silly Rabbit

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  24. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    That's not really the point of the thread though.
  25. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Is very, very different to:

  26. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral. R.I.P.

    That is one of my all time favourite paintings. You can't really compare it to the Mona Lisa, but it is a fucking fantastic painting.

    In general response to the thread OP...

    Leonardo had a couple up his sleeve. He would come First and Second without Mona Lisa, because he wasn't just genius artist, he was genius everything. He could sell his talent in his time. I think only Van Gogh comes close. He may come closer in 300 years time, or he may be left further behind. Da Vinci took the gig whilst it was available, and I doubt very much if anyone else in the next Millennium will get even close.
  27. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    Yes that is phenomenal in the flesh
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  28. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member


    Another vote for Turner from me.

    It just struck me again how truly amazing the internet is...we are so used to it now that the awe is partly gone, but to be able to see any famous painting you want, in the time it takes to type or say it's name is really great. :)
  29. dessiato

    dessiato Fuck Xmas baby I've got the blues

    That's so very true. Most Dali I've seen have been truly awesome when you are standing in front of them. The size makes you wonder how he managed to conceive and produce them. I couldn't single out any one as above the others.

    One Hopper I especially like has no impact until you see it. The finess of the art, the life and movement, his work depicting the effects of light on the subject, are all utterly amazing. You don't get this overwhelming effect until you are in front of it.
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  30. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    I'll never forget being totally blown away by the Carravaggio exhibition at the National several years ago. I was so captured by the paintings that I thought I'd buy the book but absolutely everything that made them great was lost in reproduction.
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