250 Masterpieces in Western Painting

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250 Masterpieces in Western Painting is a boxed set of Cards that provide a survey of art history. Each Card has a faithful reproduction approved by its art museum; on the Card's reverse are an essay that introduces the painting, examining its influence and meaning, and key facts. These are some of the most influential paintings made in over five centuries of Western art history, or from the 1440s to 1960s.

Why these 250 paintings? They were discussed most often by 40 art historians in nearly two dozen leading art history books. Rather than anyone's subjective choices, Masterpiece Cards offer a consensus identifying some of the best paintings in the world.

Who uses the Cards ? AP art history students and teachers; travelers (the Cards have color coding to indicate geographic location); parents introducing art to children; attendees in art history, art appreciation, and visual arts classes; home education and homeschooling families; and curious minds of all ages!

Which works of art are included in Masterpiece Cards ? Download the free Famous Paintings ebook at themasterpiececards.com - learn what 250 paintings are included, with title, painter, year of completion, and location for each.Masterpiece Cards offer a lifetime of art appreciation, one famous painting at a time!

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Susan Benford has a lifelong passion for art history, especially the fascinating stories behind famous paintings. She created Masterpiece Cards to make art history engaging and to foster art appreciation for curious minds.


The collection, dubbed 250 Masterpieces in Western Painting, is a sweeping overview of classics... The Cards are targeted at those studying art history, especially at the intro college or AP high school level, but they're a lovely way to brush up on your knowledge and find some creative inspiration. --Hyperallergic Art Blog

THANK YOU so much for the Masterpiece Cards! They are beyond amazing! My husband & I study them over breakfast :) The cards have been a wonderful way to captivate the imaginations of the children in our family! --M. Betzer, SC

"We LOVE these Cards! We are a home schooling family and enjoy using the Cards for discussion starters.. We also might experiment with our own interpretive art or writing inspired by the work studied. The best feature of the Cards is two-fold: quality and portability. " --A. Adair, Homeschool Parent, Tampa, FL

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