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    © Wayne Thiebaud, published by Rizzoli New York</a>, 2015. © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

    Lawren Harris Canadian, 1885–1970 Isolation Peak, Rocky Mountains, 1930 Oil on canvas 42 x 50 in. (106.7 x 127 cm)

    "North Shore, Lake Superior” by Canadian artist Lawren Harris. Credit NGC/via Family of Lawren S. Harris

    “Mountains in Snow: Rocky Mountain Paintings VII” by Canadian artist Lawren Harris. Credit The Thomson Collection/Art Gallery of Ontario

    “Pic Island” by Canadian artist Lawren Harris. Credit via McMichael Canadian Art Collection

    “Lake Harbour, South Shore, Baffin Island, Morning.” Credit NGC/via Family of Lawren S. Harris

    Installation view of Ai Weiwei's Straight-90 tons of steel bars taken from the school buildings that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, leaving over 5,000 children dead.--- at London's Royal Academy of Arts, 2015.<br>Photo: Lorena Muñoz-Alonso

    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925). Escutcheon of Charles V of Spain, 1912.

    Gustav Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907).

    Crowd at the Seashore Artist: William James Glackens (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870–1938 Westport, Connecticut ) Date: ca. 1910

    Vincent Van Gogh, Almond Tree (1890). Photo:

    The Ark, which will essentially function as a super-tiny, non-encyclopedic museum of life on earth, has been designed to include data, images, and physical evidence of art, architecture, design, music, ballet, poetry, and drama. It will hopefully continue to remain operational over millions, or even billions of years as it projects its message using deep space radio-wave transmissions.

    Kazimir Malevich - Suprematism, 18th Construction - 1915 Photo: Sotheby's

    Van Gogh - The Sower - 1888

    Claude-Émile Schuffenecker - Boy beneath the Cliffs of Etretat (1888)

    Andrew Wyeth - Wind from the Sea (1947)

    Hills around the Bay of Moulin Huet, Guernsey Artist: Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges 1841–1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer) Date: 1883

    Charing Cross Bridge, London by Claude MonetDate missing: 2012-Another victim of the Rotterdam heist. Charing Cross Bridge, London was one of a series of 37 oil paintings Monet created of the bridge. The remaining 36 are housed in galleries around the world. Photo: Associated Press

    Poppy Flowers by Vincent van GoghDate missing: 2010 - The painting thought to have done three years before van Gogh's suicide was snatched from the Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Egypt in 2010. There's still hope it can be recovered however; the painting was stolen from the same museum in 1977 and found 10 years later in Kuwait. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Chez Tortoni by Édouard ManetDate missing: 1990 - Manet's portrait of a man drawing in the Cafe Tortoni in Paris was lost with the Gardner Museum theft. Photo: Associated Press

    Reading Girl in White and Yellow by Henri MatisseDate missing: 2012 - The 1919 work by Matisse was part of a large heist at a Rotterdam museum with a combined value of over $100 million. Tragically, the works are believed to have been burned by the mother of one of the three Romanian suspects charged with stealing the paintings. Photo: Associated Press

    View of the Sea at Scheveningen by Vincent van GoghDate missing: 2002Market value: $15 millionThe second painting stolen from the Van Gogh Museum and never seen again. The 1882 plein-air is embedded with bits of sand from the windy beach day. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    The Concert by Johannes VermeerDate missing: 1990Market value: $200 millionThe most famous stolen painting in the world, "The Concert" was taken in the Gardner Museum theft. Vermeer painted the tableau in 1664. Photo: Precision Films, SFC

    The Storm on the Sea of Galilee by RembrandtDate missing: 1990Market value: PricelessRembrandt's only seascape, a depiction of Jesus calming the Sea of Galilee, was part of the Gardner Museum heist in Boston in 1990. None of the works stolen that March night have been recovered although the FBI believes they know the identity of the thieves. Photo: Anonymous, Associated Press

    L’allée Des Alyscamps by Vincent van Gogh 11/1/1888