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You Gotta Know These Artistic Creations

The following table lists the 40 most-frequently referenced works of visual art in NAQT questions as of November 1, 2007. While you really gotta know their creators, these are also some of the works about which more substantive questions are written, so teams should be prepared for questions on their materials, design, technique, depicted action, and circumstances of creation.

This is an update of an earlier You Gotta Know article.

RankTitleGenreCreatorDateFreq.
1LouvreBuildingPierre Lescot
Francis I of France (patron)
1546137
2ParthenonBuildingIctinus and Callicrates
Pericles (patron)
447 BC136
3Notre Dame CathedralBuildingunknown1160-1345108
4Mona LisaPaintingLeonardo da Vinci1500104
5Statue of LibertySculptureFrédéric-Auguste Bartholdi1886100
6GuernicaPaintingPablo Picasso (y Ruiz)193789
7Westminster AbbeyBuildingHenry III of England (patron)124578
8Taj MahalBuildingUstad Ahmad Lahori
Shah Jahan (patron)
163277
9Sistine ChapelBuildingGiovanni Del Dolci
Pope Sixtus IV (patron)
147376
10The Birth of VenusPaintingSandro Botticelli148076
11Saint Paul's CathedralBuildingSir Christopher Wren170874
12Mount RushmoreSculpture(John) Gutzon (de la Mothe) Borglum1927-194174
13NighthawksPaintingEdward Hopper194270
14Empire State BuildingBuilding(Firm of) Shreve, Lamb & Harmon193168
15St. Peter's BasilicaBuildingDonato Bramante et al.162666
16The Persistence of MemoryPaintingSalvador (Felipe Jacinto) Dalí (y Domenech)193165
17Abraham Lincoln MemorialBuildingHenry Bacon192264
18The ThinkerSculpture(René-François-)Auguste Rodin190064
19The Shooting Company of Captain Franz Banning CocqPaintingRembrandt (Harmenszoon Van Rijn)164264
20FallingwaterBuildingFrank Lloyd (Lincoln) Wright193663
21School of AthensPaintingRaphael150961
22Last SupperPaintingLeonardo da Vinci1495-149860
23American GothicPaintingGrant Wood193060
24DavidSculptureDonatelloc. 144059
25The Arnolfini WeddingPaintingJan van Eyck143457
26The Death of MaratPaintingJacques-Louis David179356
27Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumBuildingFrank Lloyd Wright195956
28Uffizi PalaceBuildingGiorgio Vasari
Cosimo I de' Medici (patron)
1560-158155
29The Gates of HellSculpture(René-François-)Auguste Rodin188055
30The Third of May, 1808PaintingFrancisco (José) de Goya (y Lucientes)181453
31Chrysler BuildingBuildingWilliam Van Alen193052
32Starry NightPaintingVincent (Willem) Van Gogh188950
33Arrangement in Gray and Black, No. 1: The Artist's MotherPaintingJames (Abbott) McNeill Whistler187150
34AlhambraBuildingMahomet Ibn Al Ahmar (patron)135449
35Gateway ArchBuildingEero Saarinen196549
36Eiffel TowerBuilding(Alexandre-)Gustave Eiffel188949
37Cathedral of FlorenceBuildingFilippo Brunelleschi142049
38Temple of JerusalemBuildingSolomon (patron)10th century BC49
39United States CapitolBuildingWiliam Thornton (original)
Benjamin Latrobe, Charles Bullfinch, et al. (revisions)
1793-1811 (reconstructed 1815-1826)49
40Las MeninasPaintingDiego (Rodríguez de Silva y) Velázquez165648

NAQT has complete lists of the works of literature, non-fiction, art, and music that have been mentioned in its questions, sorted by frequency, available for purchase by coaches or teams for use as study guides.

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