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The Greatest Works of Art of Western Civilization
Thomas Hoving's personal choice of the
Greatest Works of Art of Western Civilization
 
 
 
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The Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance
 
Artist    

Title of Work
    Date    Medium
ItalianThe Mosaics of San Vitale
San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy
Images from a personal website...
Two images from the WorldArt database...
Reading San Vitale's Mosaics...



546-47mosaic
ByzantineThe Cyprus Plates
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York



629630silver
IrishThe Book of Kells
Trinity College, Dublin
Additional individual images can be seen here, here and here.
More images are at this German website, Evangeliar von Kells...
Amazon.com feature: Preview high-quality images in these books:
     The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Introduction
     The Book of Kells: Selected Plates in Full Color
     Book of Kells Postcards



800illumination
EuropeanThe Utrecht Psalter
University Library, Utrecht
UNESCO has put images from the psalter online: select psalm 1 or psalm 2...



816-35manuscript
EnglishBendictional of St. Ethelwold
British Museum, London



980illumination
FrenchReliquary-Statue of Ste.-Foy
Church of Ste.-Foy, Conques



10th C.sculpture
EnglishThe Bayeux Tapestry
Musée de Peinture, Bayeux, France
Complete tapestry in 35 parts...



1073-83tapestry
GislebertusEve, from The Last Judgement
Musée Rolin, Autun, France



1125-35sculpture
Nicholas of VerdunAltarpiece of Klosterneuberg
Abbey Church, Klosterneuberg, Austria



1181gold/enamel
GermanThe Bamberg Rider
Bamberg Cathedral, Bamberg, Germany



1230-40sculpture
Nicola PisanoPulpit
Baptistery, Pisa
Many details of the sculptures can be seen at THAIS and at the Web Gallery of Art...



1259-60sculpture
EnglishThe Gothic Gittern
British Museum, London



1280instrument
GiottoLamentation (The Mourning of Christ)
Arena Chapel, Padua



1305-06painting
FrenchSaint Agnes Gold Cup
British Museum, London



1370-80gold
FrenchParement of Narbonne
Musée du Louvre, Paris



1375drawing
Nicolas Bataille
Hennequin de Bruges
The Apocalypse Tapestries
Musée des Tapisseries, Château d'Angers, France
Google translation of a Yahoo France page on the tapestries with two additional images...



1375-80tapestry
EuropeanBuy The Wilton Diptych at AllPostersThe Wilton Diptych
     I: Richard II with Two Saints
    II: Virgin & Child with Angels
National Gallery, London



1395-99painting
Claus SluterThe Well of Moses
Chartreuse de Champmol, Dijon
Additional works from The Well of Moses...



1395-1406sculpture
Master HugoBury St. Edmunds Cross
The Cloisters, New York
Two-part article by Hoving on the Cross...



14th C.ivory
BohemianThe Bohemian Madonna
National Museum of Prague



1410painting
Hermann Limbourg
Jean Limbourg
Paul Limbourg
Buy this poster at AllPostersLes Très Riches Heures of the Duc du Berry
Musée Conde, Chantily
Complete presentation and narrative of the book at Christus Rex...



1413-16illumination
The Rohan MasterDying Man Before Christ
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris



1415-25illumination
Jan van Eyck
Hubert van Eyck
Ghent Altarpiece
Cathedral of Saint-Bavo, Ghent, Belgium
Complete presentation of the altarpiece at the Web Gallery of Art...



1425-32painting
Lorenzo GhibertiThe Gates of Paradise
Baptistery, Florence
Complete documentation of the door at the Web Gallery of Art...



1425-37relief
MasaccioExpulsion from the Garden of Eden
Church of S.Maria del Carmine, Florence



1427painting
Paolo UccelloBuy The Battle of San Romano at AllPostersThe Battle of San Romano series:
     Left panel (National Gallery, London)
     Center panel (Uffizi Gallery, Florence)
     Right panel (Louvre, Paris)



1445paintings
Piero della FrancescaResurrection
Pinacoteca Comunale, Sansepolcro



1450mural
Master E.S.Alphabet:
     Letter 'B'
     Letter 'Q'



15th C.engravings
EuropeanBuy this poster at AllPostersThe Lady with the Unicorn Tapestries
Musée de Cluny, Paris



15th C.tapestry
Enguerrand QuartonThe Villeneuve-lès-Avignon Pietà
Musée du Louvre, Paris



1455painting
DonatelloMary Magdalen
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence



1454-55sculpture
Andrea MantegnaCalvary
Musée du Louvre, Paris



1457-60painting
Hugo van der GoesPortinari Altarpiece
Galleria della Uffizi, Florence
Many additional details of the altarpiece...



1475-76painting
Veit StossKraków Altarpiece
Church of Notre Dame, Kraków



1477-89sculpture



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