Apollo recently asked leading figures and in the museum and art worlds from the UK and from the Netherlands to pick out five items from public collections that they felt every schoolchild in their country ought to see. Below, the directors of five major US museums pick out the objects that should be essential viewing for American schoolchildren.
Gary Tinterow: Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- Slaughter of the Innocents (They Might Be Guilty of Something) (2016), Kara Walker: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- Abraham Lincoln (1920), Daniel Chester French: Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
- The Court of Kayumars, from the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp I (c. 1522), Sultan Muhammad: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
- The Bedroom (1889), Vincent van Gogh: Art Institute of Chicago
- Nkisi n’kondi (19th century), Kongo people, Republic of the Congo or Angola: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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