Using Masterpiece Cards

For the classroom. Art history teachers and professors discuss using Masterpiece Cards as an art history teaching tool in art history survey, art appreciation, AP art history, and intro to visual arts classes.

Read more about using the Cards in the classroom.

For traveling. The Cards are color-coded to indicate the US city or European country where you can see each painting.  Off to Paris? Select the aubergine Cards to know must-see masterpieces in the Louvre and 5 other key art museums.

Read more about using the Cards at museums.

For young children. Start art appreciation early – it’s “key to developing life-long involvement in the arts”, according to the Wallace Foundation.

Read about using Masterpiece Cards with young children.

And thanks to NC elementary school teacher, Bill Land, MAEd, NBCT, here is list of Cards with imagery or themes that may be unsuitable for the youngest learners.

For curious minds. Always been interested in art history but never took a class? The Cards offer a concise introduction to paintings, like this Caravaggio masterpiece. 

Ebooks about Influential Paintings

Curious which 250 art history masterpieces are in Masterpiece Cards? Our ebook is a sortable listing of

  • the title and painter of each art painting
  • the medium and year created
  • the city and art museum or institution in which the art painting is located.

So if you’re going to New York City, for instance, you’d sort by “City” to have a list of masterpiece paintings to start visits at the Met, the Frick, The Hispanic Society, the Whitney, The Guggenheim, and MoMA.

Download the Ebook

Check out all the other ebooks at the blog, Famous Paintings Reviewed


More Art History Resources

We slice and dice information about influential paintings in a variety of formats, including:

By Art Museums:

Andy Warhol.  Gold Marilyn.  Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 6' 11 1/4

Andy Warhol.  Gold Marilyn.  Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 6′ 11 1/4″ x 57″ (211.4 x 144.7 cm). Gift of Philip Johnson.  MoMA, New York.

Or by surveys like:
  • A survey of female artists that spans Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625) to Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and examines the overwhelming challenges each faced.  And overcame.
  • A survey of Renaissance paintings.  Want to see and learn what painting was about in these remarkable centuries? Start with this overview of 20 famous painters who defined Renaissance art.
  • See more art history resources at our blog, Famous Paintings Reviewed.

Great Art History Books

Download this list of 50+ books for art history fans, from fiction to art forgery to biographies, primarily recommended by AP art history teachers and art historians. Biographies, art forgery, novels, histories of art museums… 

Download the Free Art History Reading List