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'Greatest paintings' shortlisted
Sunflowers by Van Gogh (copyright the National Gallery)
Sunflowers by Van Gogh is part of the National Gallery collection
Ten artworks have been shortlisted by Radio 4's Today programme in its quest to find Britain's greatest painting.

They include The Fighting Temeraire by Turner, The Hay Wain by Constable and Sunflowers by Van Gogh.

Hogarth, Manet and David Hockney are among the other artists who will now face a public vote. The winner will be announced on 5 September.

Any painting that is currently hanging in a British art gallery is eligible, regardless of its origins.

Presented in association with the National Gallery, the survey is believed to be the first of its kind.

The shortlist was compiled by a panel comprising the art critic Martin Gayford, portrait painter Jonathan Yeo and BBC governor Deborah Bull. The panel worked with suggestions sent in by the programme's listeners.

The paintings span more than five centuries of European art and include works by British, Italian, Dutch, Belgian and French artists.

The full shortlist, in date order, is as follows:

  • The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck
  • The Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca
  • A Rake's Progress by William Hogarth
  • The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch by Sir Henry Raeburn
  • The Hay Wain by John Constable
  • The Fighting Temeraire by J MW Turner
  • The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown
  • A Bar at the Folies-Bergere by Edouard Manet
  • Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh
  • Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy by David Hockney

The public can vote for their favourite by text or via the Today programme's website.


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