Europe, mapped by famous art works

This is stunning, politically hot, and frustrating in that I cannot immediately identify the artworks (I think one is a sculpture photograph), let alone the artists.

But still cool.

Who made it? Where is the legend to identify the art?

From Simon Kuestenmacher (on Twitter: @simongerman600):

From Simon Kuestenmacher (on Twitter: @simongerman600): “Map of Europe with each country represented by one of it’s most recognizable pieces of art. How many can you name? Source:”

Mr. Kuestenmacher found the map on Reddit. Ripred42, who posted it on Reddit, didn’t offer any other details as to who made the map or what the art works are; several comments identify several of the works. I have not yet found a better legend.

This map might make a good exercise for AP Geography or AP Human Geography, or AP History, or IB History. There are some possibilities for good discussion. At Reddit there is a complaint that the Mona Lisa shouldn’t represent Italy, since it was sold to a foreign king and is displayed in a foreign museum. The Gustav Klimt painting shown for Austria was determined to have been stolen from its rightful owners, who took the painting and put it on display in New York City instead (the subject of the movie starring Helen Mirren, “The Woman in Gold.”)

Is Turner really the best representative for England? Can any work be determined for Cypress or Ireland? The discussion on Twitter is better than Reddit, and most informative.

Can you identify the works? I’ll list those I can figure out in comments. Please help identify others if you can.

Tip of the old scrub brush to Simon Kuestenmacher on Twitter.

3 Responses to Europe, mapped by famous art works

  1. Unfortunately, I am not much help in identifying more so thanks to you for your naming of the art. Perhaps if it was larger I might do better…no, probably not. I like the concept and agree that it would be difficult to pick on that represents a whole country.


  2. Ed Darrell says:

    What works might have been substituted, for better effect or better historicity?


  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Works I can identify, with the details I can offer:

    Austria, Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I or “The Woman in Gold”
    Belgium, Rene Magritte, “Le Fils de L’Homme (Son of Man)”
    Great Britain, Turner
    Italy, Leonardo DaVinci, “Mona Lisa”
    France, Monet
    Germany, Caspar David Friedrich
    Netherlands, Johannes Vermeer, “Girl With the Pearl Earring”
    Norway, Edvard Munch, “The Scream” (1893)
    Spain, Pablo Picasso, “Guernica”



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