User polls: Weigh in on Gopnik's top 10 works of art in the Western tradition

In Friday's Washington Post, art critic Blake Gopnik deems Diego Velazquez's "Las Meninas" the greatest work of art ever created in the Western tradition. Here, he reveals his nine runners up. What would you have included in your top 10 list? Which of Gopnik's choices would not have made the cut? Add your opinion in the user polls below and share your reasoning in the comments.

Photo gallery: Why these works do not rise to level of 'Las Meninas'

Michelangelo's "David"
Sculpture of humanist perfection is a glorious effort.
Rembrandt's "The Night Watch"
A stellar performance-through-paint.
Edouard Manet's "The Bar at the Folies-Bergere"
Almost rivals "Meninas" as a puzzle-picture.
Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon"
One of the most important pictures of the 20th century.
Giotto's "The Betrayal of Judas"
One of the most moving paintings ever.
Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa"
So iconic that we really can't see its genius anymore.
Francisco Goya's "The Shootings of May 3rd in Madrid"
An icon of the romantic movement.
Cezanne's "Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Viaduct of the Arc River Valley"
Cezanne made some of the most fascinating pictures ever.
Kasimir Malevich's "Black Square"
A truly landmark object.


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Thursday, December 23, 2010; 8:31 AM

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