This post is intended for art students and art teachers. The files above are free downloadable versions of the PowerPoints.
Below is a free slideshow briefly detailing the 30 Most Famous Works of Art Everyone Should Know. If you scroll down, you will find another slideshow that can be used as a self test to help you study.
30 Most Famous Works of Art, Full Slideshow.
30 Most Famous Works of Art, Self-Test
The slides and files on this page are meant for educational purposes and are free to the public.
While I had many options to choose from, I chose these 30 images as the top thirty works of art for a couple of reasons. First, they are images that are part of the collective consciousness and permeate our society. Second, I was looking for pieces that represented the various art movements from the Italian renaissance to the 1960s. I did not select an image for every movement that occurred in that time span. For example, there are no paintings from the Romantic era, arguably a more important era than that of the Impressionists. However, going back to my first criteria, I was looking for iconic works that I know my students will see throughout their lives.
One exception to this rule was my inclusion of George Braque's, Woman With a Guitar. While this painting is not widely known the way Warhol's Campbell's soup cans are, it does stand in as a general representation of the cubist style invented by Braque and Picasso. Since I already had an example of Picasso's work, I wanted to include Braque. This inclusion allows for discussion on this movement and how it has affected future art movements.
Author: Bruce Black
Welcome to Life Reimagined! I am a professional artist and long time art teacher, Over twenty-two years teaching and still going! I have painted all my life and love to inspire others to reach their creative potential. I hope this blog brings you inspiration!