The World`s 50 Best of Art ( Part 1)

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The human race has been making art for thousands of years. Here, in chronological order, critic Martin Gayford chooses his 50 artistic wonders of the world

1. Sculpture of Khafre (Chephren)
(c2800 BC) Cairo Museum
Getting there: straightforward
Statue of Coaticlue (15th century)
Nightmarish: Statue of Coaticlue (15th century)

The painter Francis Bacon concluded that the ancient Egyptians were the greatest artists of
all. No work supports that judgment better than this sculpture of the Pharaoh Khafre, in black
diorite with white veins, his head embraced by the hawk god Horus. It has a concentrated force and presence unequalled over 5,000 years.

Locations: Cairo

some of Video and history:

1. Khafre, the 4th King of Egypt’s 4th Dynasty
2. egyptindex
3. List of Dynasty

2. The Hunts of Ashurbanipal
Relief sculptures from Nineveh, northern Iraq
(c645 BC) British Museum
Getting there: easy

Narrative art achieved a fresh level of naturalism in the decorations of Assyrian royal palaces, none more so than those depicting the hunts by the ruler Ashurbanipal. They portray the triumph of the king over beasts such as the lion. But, paradoxically, the dying animals are represented with such delicate observation that it is hard not to see them as poignant victims.

Locations: British Museum, London


3. Riace Warriors
(mid-5th century BC) Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, Reggio di Calabria, Italy
Getting there: straightforward

These two bronze figures, discovered on the seabed in 1972 by an Italian scuba diver, are among the noblest works to survive from ancient Greece. Even more so than the Parthenon Marbles, they embody the Greek conception of humanity - anatomically accurate, but more vigorous and poised than flesh-and-blood mankind. They seem both calm and charged with force. As images of an idealised human race, they are unsurpassed.

Location: Lamezia,
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