A possible jumping off point for anyone who wants to discuss art history and the concept of canon.
A possibly interesting New York Times article on an updating of Janson's History of Art, which seems to be one of a big three of art history survey books used in college courses, along with Stokstad and Gardner's.
Out: Louis Le Nain, Domenichino, Louis-FranÃ§ois Roubiliac, Jan Van Eyck's "The Crucifixion, the Last Judgment", and Whistler's Mother, with about 25% of the book changed overall
In: Chris Ofili's "Holy Virgin Mary", Whistler's "Symphony in White No. 2", Clara Peeters, Grant Wood, and more on Judith Leyster and Robert Rauschenberg
But [Stephen F. Eisenman, a professor of art history at Northwestern University] added that it would probably never regain the dominance it once had, simply because the whole idea of a book like it, or other supposedly all-inclusive surveys like "Gardner's Art Through the Ages," first published in 1926, had become outdated.
"The main problem, I think, is that there's no longer a general belief that there exists a single canon for art that should be taught to all students," he said.