Art History For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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Any compilation of the greatest art is sure to be subjective. But the works in the following list are the ones that made the cut for Thomas Hoving, former director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and author of Art For Dummies. He looked upon these works as friends and found something new and inspirational in each every time he looked at them.

King Tut’s Golden Mask The Isenheim Altarpiece by Grünewald
The Sculptures of the Parthenon El Greco’s Burial of Count Orgaz
The Scythian Gold Pectoral Velázquez’s Las Meninas
Nicholas of Verdun’s Enameled Altar Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son
Giotto’s Arena Chapel Goya’s The Third of May, 1808
The Ghent Altarpiece by van Eyck Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party
Leonardo’s Mona Lisa Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
Michelangelo’s David

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Jesse Bryant Wilder, MAT (Master of Teaching), is the founder, publisher, and editor of NEXUS, a series of interdisciplinary textbooks used in high schools around the United States. He has written several textbooks on art and art history and was an art critic for The Plain Dealer.

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