1) SOFA and CHAIRS (1898 - 1904) - Antoni Gaudi with Aleix Clapés
2) HIPPOPOTAMUS (1981 - 1885 bc) - unknown
I spent ages walking around the Egyptian rooms in the NY Metropolitan Museum trying to find this chap as he featured heavily in the gift shop in many different shapes and sizes but eventually found him in a glass case along with other finds from the tomb of Senbi. He is tiny so can be easily overlooked - I think he's gorgeous and would have him away if I could. He dates from Ancient Egypt's 12th Dynasty.
3) MEDUSA (1595-8) - Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio
This is a detail of Caravaggio's magnificent depiction of Medusa's decapitated head frozen forever on Perseus' shield. If you ever want to find it in the Uffizi in Florence just head for the exit and it is one of the last paintings you will see - just look for the permanent huddle of viewers around it. A visceral, fascinating image to contemplate.
4) The WINGED VICTORY OF SAMOTHRACE (circa 190 bc) - unknown
How can something so solid and imposing also be so suggestive of movement and grace? The white marble figure of Nike is awesome in all it's shattered majesty and a must-see when visiting the Louvre in Paris.
5) The BREWHOUSE, COOKHAM (1957) - Stanley Spencer
Bought at the charming Stanley Spencer Gallery in his hometown of Cookham in Berkshire, this is a wonderfully detailed painting of the late 15th Century listed building in the village. You can fair hear the hum of bees and the clatter of plates coming through the open doorway as you marvel at Spencer's intricate handling of the foliage that softens the bricks and mortar of the house