A number of works in the history of Western art have achieved landmark status throughout the world. Often such works depict mythological or religious subjects or notable people or events. Exploring the history of this visual culture as seen by contemporary artists, Inspiration - Iconic Works also discusses seminal works such as the Laocoon Group and Rodin's The Thinker, showing us how artworks of the past continue to inspire artists in this day and age.
The book is also a reminder of the role museums have played in the construction of the narrative framework of art history. The nineteenth century saw the foundation of great many museums in Europe, as well as being the period when the first major histories of art were published. These narratives continue to mould our perception of noteworthy art even today.
The authors of the publication are Emma Barker, Eva-Lena Bergström, Michaela Giebelhausen, Linda Hinners, Dan Karlholm, Martin Olin, Susanna Pettersson, James Putnam, with artist interviews written by Sointu Fritze and Marja Sakari.