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Best-Loved Art From American Museums by Patricia Failing
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The Liar by Stephen Fry
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Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Only Known Jump Across Time by Eugene Mirabelli
Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Planetesimal Dawn by Tim Sullivan
Requiem of the Author of Frankenstein by Molly Dwyer
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The Scarecrow's Boy by Michael Swanwick
Strike Anywhere by Dean Young
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Best-Loved Art From American MuseumsBest-Loved Art From American Museums: 11/08/08

From the time I was about Harriet's age I have been fascinated with paintings and the artists who paint them. Best-Loved Art from American Museums by Patricia Failing is a journey through the history of the world as experienced through art (and not just paintings but statuary and textiles among other media).

Patricia Failing explains that the pieces chosen in the book were the ones that were most popular with visitors to the various American museums. They also happen to be a large portion of the pieces I learned about in AP Art History. It was especially thrilling to see artworks written up that I have been lucky enough to see in person.

The book includes full color reproductions and a description of the following pieces: (I've bolded the ones I've seen in person)

  1. Archangel Raphael (Artist Unknown)
  2. View of Toledo (El Greco)
  3. The Wedding Dance (Pieter Bruegel the Elder)
  4. Prometheus Bound (Peter Paul Rubens)
  5. Portrait of a Young Boy (Rembrandt van Rijn)
  6. The Polish Rider (Rembrandt van Rijn)
  7. Young Woman with a Water Jug (Jan Vermeer)
  8. Madame Aubry and Her Son, Léonor (Nicholas de Largillière)
  9. The Blue Boy (Thomas Gainsborough)
  10. The Matador Pedro Romero (Francisco de Goya)
  11. Dort or Dordrecht, The Dort Packet-Boat from Rotterdam Becalmed (Joseph Mallord and William Turner)
  12. The Young Shepherdess (Adolphe William Bouguereau) (more times than I can count)
  13. Flaming June (Lord Frederick Leighton)
  14. Spring (Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema)
  15. Pollice Verso (Jean Léon Gérôme)
  16. The Getty Bronze (Lysippos)
  17. The Thinker (Auguste Rodin)
  18. Imperial Easter Egg (Peter Carl Fabergé)
  19. Libation Dish of Darius the Great (Artist Unknown)
  20. Hand Scroll of Deer and Poems (Honami Koetsu and Twaraya Sotatsu)
  21. Tibetan Temple Hanging (Artist Unknown)
  22. The Unicorn in Captivity (Artist Unknown)
  23. Prayer Rug with Three Arches (Artist Unknown)
  24. Quilled Buckskin Shirt (Artist Unknown)
  25. Kansas Crib Quilt (Artist Unknown)
  26. Quilled Buckskin Shirt (Artist Unknown)
  27. Boulevard des Capucines (Claude Monet)
  28. Springtime (Claude Monet)
  29. Water Lilies (Claude Monet)
  30. Near Sydenham Hill (Camille Pissarro)
  31. Portrait of Estelle Musson (Edgar Degas)
  32. The Streets of Paris on a Rainy Day (Gustave Caillebotte)
  33. Romaine Lacaux (Auguste Renoir)
  34. Girl with a Watering Can (Auguste Renoir)
  35. The Dance at Bougival (Auguste Renoir)
  36. Romaine Lacaux (Auguste Renoir)
  37. Mother and Child (Auguste Renoir)
  38. The Luncheon of the Boating Party (Auguste Renoir)
  39. Self-Portrait (Vincent van Gogh)
  40. Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (Georges Seurat)
  41. At the Moulin Rouge (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec)
  42. The Sleeping Gypsy (Henri Rousseau)
  43. Still Life with Peaches and Cherries (Paul Cézanne)
  44. William Smith and His Grandson (Charles Willson Peale)
  45. The Voyage of Life (Thomas Cole)
  46. Washington Crossing the Delaware (Emanuel Leutze)
  47. Buffalo Hunter (Artist Unknown)
  48. The Jolly Flatboatman in Port (George Caleb Bingham)
  49. The Sierra Nevada in California (Albert Bierstadt)
  50. Niagara (Frederic Edwin Church)
  51. Young Soldier (Winslow Homer)
  52. The Country School (Winslow Homer)
  53. Sunday Morning in the Mines (Charles Christian Nahl)
  54. Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines (Thomas J. White?)
  55. The Pathetic Song (Thomas Eakins)
  56. Fumée d'Ambre Gris (John Singer Sargent)
  57. The Pailleron Children (John Singer Sargent)
  58. El Jaleo (John Singer Sargent)
  59. Woman Ironing (Pablo Picasso)
  60. Black Lines (Vasily Kandinsky)
  61. The Jack Pine (Tom Thompson)
  62. Red Balloon (Paul Klee)
  63. Dempsy and Firpo (George Bellows)
  64. The Artist and His Mother (Arshile Gorky)
  65. Forest, British Columbia (Emily Carr)
  66. Nighthawks (Edward Hopper)
  67. The Flower Carrier (Diego River)
  68. The Thousand and One Nights (Henri Matisse)
  69. Autumn Rhythm (Jackson Pollock)
  70. Three Flags (Jasper Johns)
  71. Mirrored Room (Lucas Samaras)
  72. Untitled (Larry Bell)
  73. Love (Robert Indiana)
  74. Helene's Florist (Richard Estes)
  75. Supreme Hardware Store (Richard Estes)
  76. Briseis (Paul Manship)
  77. Indigo Mercy (Betye Saar)
  78. The Bookstore (Red Grooms)
  79. Girl with Green Eyes (Henri Matisse)

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