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Famous works of art in popular culture : a reference guide
Sperling, Lynda Joy.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

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xiv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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N72.S6 S667 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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Certain works of art-- Mona Lisa , the Statue of Liberty , Rodin's The Thinker , Grant Wood's American Gothic --are famous to everyone: those who love art and those who are generally indifferent to it. This volume considers 29 works of art and examines the ways in which they have transcended the art world and become facets of the popular imagination.

These art biographies are collected in five sections:

- Ancient Monuments

- Monuments to the Modern World

- Renaissance Art

- 19th-Century Art

- 20th-Century Art

Bibliographic entries and a subject index are included, making this the ideal resource for researchers seeking to find valuable analyses that enlighten both these famous works and the cultural traditions from which they have emerged as classics.

Author Notes

JOY SPERLING is Associate Professor of Art at Denison University.

Table of Contents

James A.M. WhistlerGeorges SeuratEdgar DegasVincent van GoghAuguste RodinClaude MonetGrant WoodSalvador DaliEdward HopperJackson PollockAndy WarholAlexander CalderKeith HaringChristo and Jeanne-Claude
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Differences and Distinctions of Art in/to Popular Culturep. xi
1 Ancient Monuments and Monuments to Wealth: Travel and Tourismp. 1
Stonehengep. 4
The Great Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Menkaure, Khafre, and Khufup. 13
The Second Coffin of Tutankhamunp. 22
The Great Wall of Chinap. 32
The Taj Mahalp. 40
2 Renaissance Masters: Scholarship and Museumsp. 49
Sandro Botticelli, La Primaverap. 52
Leonardo da Vinci, The Mona Lisap. 60
Raphael Sanzio, The School of Athensp. 68
Michelangelo Buonarroti, The Creation of Adamp. 79
Titian, Venus of Urbinop. 89
3 Monuments to and of the Modern World: Money and Memoryp. 99
Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, Liberty Enlightening the World (The Statue of Liberty)p. 102
Gustave Eiffel, The Eiffel Towerp. 112
Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, The Empire State Buildingp. 120
Frank Lloyd Wright, The Guggenheim Museump. 130
Maya Lin, The Vietnam Veterans Memorialp. 141
4 Nineteenth-Century Art: The Advertising Age of Artistsp. 151
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Motherp. 155
Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jattep. 164
The Little Dancer, Age 14p. 173
Starry Nightp. 181
The Thinkerp. 189
Nympheas (Waterlilies)p. 197
5 The Twentieth Century: Art and/into Popular Culturep. 205
American Gothicp. 209
The Persistence of Memoryp. 215
Nighthawksp. 222
Autumn Rhythmp. 228
Marilynp. 235
Untitled Mobilep. 243
Untitled (Winged Baby)p. 252
Wrapped Reichstagp. 261
Indexp. 269