Discovered by teenagers in 1940, these caves contain some of the finest prehistoric polychrome cave paintings, dating from 17,000 BCE. The Lascaux caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
Crossbow men from the Terracotta Army, interred by 210 BC, Qin Dynasty
Creation of Adam, Michelangelo, ca. 1511
It depicts the Goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a full grown woman, arriving at the sea-shore.Reproductions and variations on Botticelli's famous painting have been numerous in popular culture, including in advertising and motion pictures: A scene in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No with Ursula Andress rising from the sea was inspired by the painting. A stylized face of Venus is on the 10 cent Italian euro coins.
A prominent element within the painting, the winged angels beneath Mary are famous in their own right. As early as 1913 Gustav Kobbé declared that "no cherub or group of cherubs is so famous as the two that lean on the altar top indicated at the very bottom of the picture.
Left: Talbot, 1835.Right: Prokudin-Gorskii, 1915.
Left: Luncheon of the Boating Party, Renoir, 1880–1881, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.Right: The Starry Night, van Gogh, 1889, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
It was large in size, the first painting to be executed entirely in the Pointillist technique and the first to include a great many people playing a major role. Every detail is carefully planned. The work required sketches on panel, 25 drawings and three important preliminary studies.
Left: Hannah Höch, 1919, Staatliche Museum, BerlinRight: The Persistence of Memory, Dali, 1931, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Spiral Jetty, Robert Smithson from atop Rozel Point, 2005
Left: Marilyn Diptych, Warhol, 1962Right: http://hubpages.com/hub/Amazing_Sidewalk_Chalk_art