From the Egyptians to Ai Weiwei (and everything in between)

A sneak preview of what you'll find inside The Art Museum
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Hall of the Bulls (c.18,000-15,000 BC.), Lacaux Cave, France

1 / 24 Hall of the Bulls (c.18,000-15,000 BC.), Lacaux Cave, France

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Hunt Scene, (c.AD 400-450)

3 / 24 Hunt Scene, (c.AD 400-450)

Katsushika Hokusai, Behind the Waves at Kanagawa Bay (c.1830-1832)

4 / 24 Katsushika Hokusai, Behind the Waves at Kanagawa Bay (c.1830-1832)

Bayeaux Tapestry (c.1066-1082)

5 / 24 Bayeaux Tapestry (c.1066-1082)

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Duccio, Maestà Altarpiece (1308-1311)

7 / 24 Duccio, Maestà Altarpiece (1308-1311)

Michelangelo, David (1501-1504)

8 / 24 Michelangelo, David (1501-1504)

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Johannes Vermeer, Woman with Balance (c.1664)

10 / 24 Johannes Vermeer, Woman with Balance (c.1664)

Jules Hardouin Mansart and Charles Le Brun, Galerie des Glaces (1678-1684), Versailles, France

11 / 24 Jules Hardouin Mansart and Charles Le Brun, Galerie des Glaces (1678-1684), Versailles, France

Francisco de Zurbarán, Angus Dei (c.1635-1640)

12 / 24 Francisco de Zurbarán, Angus Dei (c.1635-1640)

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Edouard Manet, Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (1863)

14 / 24 Edouard Manet, Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (1863)

Frederic Leighton, Flaming June (1895)

15 / 24 Frederic Leighton, Flaming June (1895)

Van Gogh, Starry Night (1889)

16 / 24 Van Gogh, Starry Night (1889)

Paul Gaugin, Aha oe feii? (What! Are you Jealous?) (1892)

17 / 24 Paul Gaugin, Aha oe feii? (What! Are you Jealous?) (1892)

Henri Matisse, Dance II (1909-1910)

18 / 24 Henri Matisse, Dance II (1909-1910)

Wassily Kandinsky, Yellow-Red-Blue (1925)

19 / 24 Wassily Kandinsky, Yellow-Red-Blue (1925)

Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995)

20 / 24 Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995)

Cai Guo-Qiang, Fallen Blossoms: Explosion Project (2009), Philadelphia

21 / 24 Cai Guo-Qiang, Fallen Blossoms: Explosion Project (2009), Philadelphia

William Eggleston, Untitled (c.1969-1970), Memphis, USA

22 / 24 William Eggleston, Untitled (c.1969-1970), Memphis, USA

Gerhard Richter, Abstract Painting (1995)

23 / 24 Gerhard Richter, Abstract Painting (1995)

James Turrell, Bridget's Bardo (Ganzfield Piece) (2008)

24 / 24 James Turrell, Bridget's Bardo (Ganzfield Piece) (2008)


Phaidon has created its own museum, in its own special way. And it's like no other museum in the world. The Art Museum gathers 2,700 of the world's greatest, most important and influential art works - curated by a team of over 100 global art experts - in one place.

The Art Museum is not like any other museum, it is open 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. Its luxurious 2-ft wide page spreads brim with iconic artworks from big name museums and galleries, as well as those only seen in private collections - some only accessible with a pair of sturdy hiking boots and a map of the most remote parts of the world. There are Cave paintings and Egyptian sarcophagi, friezes and woodblock prints, stained glass and ceramics, masterpieces by Van Gogh and Vermeer, photographs, contemporary paintings, land art and monumental sculptures, and explosive performance art from Cai Guo-Qiang.

With just the flick of a page you can travel through time and space from the caves at Lascaux in 18,000 BC. to in front of William Eggleston's photographs from 1960s Memphis at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.

The Art Museum is not limited to one era, one century or even strictly arranged in chronological order. Instead artworks are laid out in 450 'rooms', within 25 'galleries', organised next to similar works reflected through time and influence. Whole rooms are devoted to the likes of Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci and The Tomb of Tutankhamun.

We'll be bringing you much more about the artwork you can find within this 'museum in a book' over the coming weeks, but for now take a look at the pictures above to whet your appetite. Order it now from the Phaidon Online Store.


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