Talk:Visual arts

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Should we try to mention the creme de la creme of art museums? I would add the British Museum, the National Gallery in London and the Uffizi, the Vatican Museums deserve a mention, and there are undoubtedly museums in Austria and Germany that deserve mention. And then what of countries like Japan, India and Mexico? I would add, as an American, that while there are some terrific art museums in the U.S., none of them is as comprehensively great as the Louvre, British Museum, Prado, et al. But trying for a comprehensive list of the greatest of the great naturally risks spiraling out of control. Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:24, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

Yes, I think we should. ϒpsilon (talk) 18:50, 10 March 2016 (UTC)
In that case, maybe we should try for consensus here first on what a relatively complete list of the very greatest large art museums (including archaeological museums with a lot of great ancient art) should be. I don't think we want to list great but really small museums, like the one in the Palazzo Pubblico in San Gimignano, because then the list really would spiral out of control. Ikan Kekek (talk) 19:47, 10 March 2016 (UTC)
I very much agree. And then we haven't even started talking about things that are mostly outside museums from the moai on the Easter Island and prehistorical petroglyphs to iconic souvenirs and public art. And then of course architecture itself, which we already have a few articles about. We could really write a whole new wiki about this topic.
For the art museums, I think a good definition of "famous" is one that's also popular with people who rarely otherwise go to art museums. ϒpsilon (talk) 07:07, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
If so, we have to include the best museums in the US, too, such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, MoMA, probably the Whitney Museum of American Art and possibly the Frick Collection; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, probably the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; the Chicago Art Institute; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; several in DC including the National Gallery, the Phillips Collection and probably some of the Sackler Galleries; LACMA, the Getty Museum, maybe the wonderful medium-sized Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena; the Cleveland Museum of Art - and probably a dozen or so I haven't thought of. Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:57, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
Museums could be grouped by continent and we could set a maximum number of museums (10?) for each continent. ϒpsilon (talk) 09:23, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
No way we should set 10 per continent. There's no way Europe and Australia are equal in art museums. Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:13, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
How about 10 per...country? Actually I'm thinking right now of at least four unmissable options in St. Petersburg alone. Ibaman (talk) 12:45, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
Well, if we're worried that the list of museums will grow too long we need to set some limit. If it's not a problem, then let's don't. :)
Also, we also need to have a couple of other lists for famous outdoor artworks and — this is a tough one to delimit — iconic souvenirs. ϒpsilon (talk) 15:04, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
Perhaps it would be best not to list anything in this article, but to have separate articles about Paintings and other flat art, Sculpture, etc., or even Art museums. Ikan Kekek (talk) 15:33, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
We could of course first start listing POIs here and when the lists have grown long enough, they can be moved to separate sub articles. ϒpsilon (talk) 10:23, 12 March 2016 (UTC)
True, but I think the lists will get long very quickly. Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:21, 13 March 2016 (UTC)
The article of European art has a good scope for visual arts made by Europeans and people of European descent from the 15th to the 19th century; the rather specific epoch of art which until recently was simply called "art". /Yvwv (talk) 15:32, 4 February 2021 (UTC)