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The Urban Experience

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For thousands of years cities have been hubs of activity, centers of industry, and places from which new aesthetic trends originate, evolve, and spread. The creative visions of planners, painters, architects, and sculptors have shaped the development of cities around the world. In turn, the urban experience has inspired the creation of artwork depicting aspects of city life.


Corbis 73839 Parthenon.jpgParthenonIktinos and Kallikrates (architects); Pheidias (fl. c. 490–430 BC) (sculptor)Corbis, AW020271, Equestrian statue.jpgBartolomeo ColleoniAndrea del Verrocchio (Italian, 1435–1488)ART39463, Orozco, The Working Class.jpgThe Working Class (detail)José Clemente Orozco (Mexican, 1883–1949)
Corbis, CSM001620, aerial view of the chrysler building.jpgChrysler BuildingWilliam van Alen (American, 1882/3–1954)ART165184, The City Rises.jpgThe City RisesUmberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882–1916)
ART7717, Vermeer, View of Delft.jpgView of DelftJohannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675)BAL_253120 Nighttime Saruwaka .jpgNight View of Saruwaka-machi (Saruwaka-machi Yoru no Kei) from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858)ART113466, CaillebotteParis Street.jpgParis Street; Rainy DayGustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894)
Corbis 42-17348864, Djenne Mosque.jpgGreat MosqueUnknown artist(s), Niger Inland Delta, Mopti Region, MaliCorbis,NW004826, Sumerian Ruins at Uruk.jpgRuins of the White Temple and ZigguratUnknown artist(s). Uruk, Mesopotamia
ART181978, Ara Pacis of Emperor Augustus.jpgAra Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace)Unknown artist(s), RomeCorbis, CAL-F-003145-0000, St. Peter’s.jpgSt. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s SquareMichelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564), Carlo Moderno (Italian, 1556–1629), Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, 1598–1680), et al.Jackie_Robinson©Ramsdale.jpgTribute to Jackie RobinsonDavid McShane (American, b. ca. 1970)
Leno Reid I hear you bro.jpgI Hear you BroDarius Jones (Leon Reid IV) (American, b. 1979) in collaboration with Brad Downey (American, b. 1980)Calder 2-credit City of Grand Rapids.JPGLa grande vitesseAlexander Calder (American, 1898–1976)
CorbisUS-559-0111, Benjamin Franklin Parkway - Philadelphia, PA .jpgBenjamin Franklin ParkwayPaul Philippe Cret (French, 1876–1945) and Jacques Greber (French, 1882–1962) (designers)_H1U3955 Wolfgang Volz Gate Central Park.jpgThe Gates, Project for Central Park, New YorkChristo (American, Bulgarian-born, b. 1935) and Jeanne-Claude (American, French-born, 1935-2009)Corbis, Eliasson, 42-20337354.jpgThe New York City WaterfallsOlafur Eliasson (Danish, b. 1967)

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