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You Gotta Know These Artistic Creations

The following table lists the 30 most-frequently referenced works of visual art in NAQT questions as of October 1, 2005. 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 the September 2001 You Gotta Know article.

RankTitleGenreCreatorDateFreq.
1Mona LisaPaintingLeonardo da Vinci150042
2The Birth of VenusPaintingSandro Botticelli148039
3The Arnolfini WeddingPaintingJan van Eyck143438
4The ThinkerSculpture(René-François-)Auguste Rodin190037
5NighthawksPaintingEdward Hopper194236
6The Persistence of MemoryPaintingSalvador (Felipe Jacinto) Dalí (y Domenech)193134
7GuernicaPaintingPablo Picasso (y Ruiz)193734
8DavidSculptureMichelangelo (Buonarotti)150432
9The Third of May, 1808PaintingFrancisco de Goya (y Lucientes)181431
10Last SupperPaintingLeonardo da Vinci1495-149831
11Starry NightPaintingVincent (Willem) Van Gogh188929
12The Shooting Company of Captain Franz Banning CocqPaintingRembrandt (Harmenszoon Van Rijn)1640-164229
13The Gates of HellSculpture(René-François-)Auguste Rodin188029
14The KissSculpture(René-François-)Auguste Rodin188628
15Perseus With the Head Of MedusaSculptureBenvenuto Cellini156328
16School of AthensPaintingRaphael150928
17The Death of MaratPaintingJacques-Louis David179327
18Bird in SpaceSculptureConstantin Brancusi191927
19The Ecstasy of Saint TeresaSculptureGian Lorenzo Bernini164626
20Las MeninasPaintingDiego (Rodríguez de Silva y) Velázquez165626
21American GothicPaintingGrant Wood193025
22Venus of UrbinoPaintingTitian153824
23Liberty Leading the PeoplePainting(Ferdinand Victor) Eugène Delacroix183023
24Christina’s WorldPaintingAndrew (Newell) Wyeth194823
25Liberty Enlightening the WorldSculptureFrédéric-Auguste Bartholdi188623
26PietáSculptureMichelangelo (Buonarotti)149922
27Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2PaintingMarcel Duchamp191221
28Garden of Earthly DelightsPaintingHieronymus Bosch150021
29Luncheon on the Grass PaintingÉdouard Manet186321
30Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s MotherPaintingJames (Abbott) McNeill Whistler187120

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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