The immediate question, of course, is how Mack could possibly choose THE top 100 works of art. While acknowledging that the selection was arbitrary, Mack says her goal is to familiarize students with the works of art that we are most likely to come across in our lives, whether's it's in the news, in popular culture or in cocktail party conversation. It works for me! I am just happy to have the chance to discover (or rediscover, as the case may be) some artistic greatest hits.
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Caves of Lascaux, France
located on the Greek Island of Crete. The palace ruins contain a number of frescoes, including this depiction of everyone's favorite athletic event--bull leaping. There were apparently several types of bull-leaping, but what is shown here is a gymnast running full force at a bull, grabbing its horns, and catapulting himself over to the other side of the animal. This puts some perspective on the vaulting event at the Olympics. A form of bull-leaping (with cows instead of bulls) is still practiced today in Southwest France. I'm generally up for new experiences, but I think I'd sit on the sidelines for this one.
By the end of the evening, we had covered 16 of Art History's Top 100, and I was already looking forward to the following week's class. Next up: the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.