Bohemian Rhapsody in Art

LACMA has become well known on Snapchat for our pop culture take on the museum's collection—and our most ambitious undertaking to date was to pair lyrics from Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" with works of art. Click the links to learn about each artwork, and follow us on Snapchat for more!
  1. Is this the real life?
    Jan Davidsz de Heem (Holland, 1606-1684), Still Life with Oysters and Grapes, 1653, Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.86.95) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1OGQMl3
  2. Is this just fantasy?
    Jacob Jordaens (Flanders,1593-1678), Allegory of the Poet, circa 1660, Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.2003.121) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1LPaiqS
  3. Caught in a landslide
    Ludwig Meidner (Germany, 1884-1966), Apocalyptic Landscape, circa 1914, Gift of Clifford Odets (60.65.1a-b), © Ludwig Meidner-Archiv, Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 2 http://bit.ly/1QfxBAt
  4. No escape from reality
    Jean-François Millet (France, 1814-1875), A Norman Milkmaid at Gréville, 1871, Gift of Howard Ahmanson, Jr. (M.81.259.4) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1lwI9j2
  5. Open your eyes
    Alexej von Jawlensky (Russia, 1864-1941), The Young Christ, 1919-1920, Gift of Mr. Sam Freeman and Harriet Press Freeman (M.79.103), © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 2 http://bit.ly/1IpIJcW
  6. Look up to the skies and see
    Pierre Subleyras (France, 1699-1749), Seven Angels Adoring the Christ Child, 1730-1740, The Ciechanowiecki Collection, Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.2000.179.9) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1lYgAja
  7. I'm just a poor boy I need no sympathy
    Frans Hals (Holland, 1582/1583-1666), Laughing Child, circa 1620-1625, Gift of Varya and Hans Cohn (AC1992.152.144) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1IFhCFC
  8. Because I'm easy come easy go
    Lucas Samaras (Greece, active United States, born 1936), Photo Transformation 8/19/76, 1976, The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection (AC1992.197.110), © 2015 Lucas Samaras Currently on public view: Hammer Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1OymiDr
  9. Little high little low
    Egypt, Shabti of Hor [...], Ptolemaic Period, 305-31 B.C., Valley M. Knudsen Bequest (M.78.3), Egypt, Shabti of Heka-em-saef, Captain of the Royal Fleet, 26th Dynasty, 569-526 B.C., Gift of Mrs. William Leon Graves (45.23.42) Currently on public view: Hammer Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1NIbaoO
  10. Anyway the wind blows
    Rufino Tamayo (Mexico, 1899-1991), Messengers in the Wind (Mensajeras en el viento), 1931, The Bernard and Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art (AC1997.LWN.36), Art © Tamayo Heirs/ Mexico/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 4 http://bit.ly/1PwXWLO
  11. Doesn't really matter to me
    Veneto-Lombard School (Italy, late 16th century), Portrait of a Young Nobleman, circa 1545, Paul Rodman Mabury Collection (39.12.16) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1IFhDcy
  12. To me
    Veneto-Lombard School (Italy, late 16th century), Portrait of a Young Nobleman, circa 1545, Paul Rodman Mabury Collection (39.12.16) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1IFhDcy
  13. Mama ooOOoo
    Mary Cassatt (United States, active France, 1844-1926),Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child, 1880, Mrs. Fred Hathaway Bixby Bequest (M.62.8.14) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1LkP70P
  14. Didn't mean to make you cry
    Frida Kahlo (Mexico, 1907-1954), Weeping Coconuts (Cocos gimientes), 1951, The Bernard and Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art (M.2004.283.2), © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Reproduction of Diego Rivera governed by Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 4 http://bit.ly/1lwJcj0
  15. If I'm not back again this time tomorrow
    Jean Jouvenet (France, Rouen 1644 - France, Paris 1717), The Raising of Lazarus, circa 1711, The Ciechanowiecki Collection, Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.2000.179.4) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1lYhegu
  16. Carry on, carry on, nothing really matters
    Luis Arenal Bastar (Mexico, 1909-1985), Woman Carrying a Coffin (Mujer cargando un ataúd), circa 1936, Gift of Electa Arenal and Julie Arenal Primus (M.2001.201) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 4 http://bit.ly/21wdumQ
  17. Too late, my time has come
    L. and J. G. Stickley (United States, founded 1902), Tall Case Clock, circa 1906-1912, Gift of Max Palevsky and Jodie Evans (M.91.375.56) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1OGROxo
  18. Send shivers down my spine
    Takahashi Shōtei (Hiroaki) (Japan, 1871-1945), Cold Wintery Wind, before 1936, Gift of Chuck Bowdlear, Ph.D., and John Borozan, M.A. (M.2000.105.57), © Takahashi Shotei (Hiroaki) Estate http://bit.ly/1TwE7mp
  19. Body's aching all the time
    Jean-Antoine Houdon (France, 1741-1828), Seated Voltaire, circa 1779-1795, Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.2004.5) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1QUSD92
  20. Goodbye everybody I've got to go
    Giacomo Cavedone (Italy, 1577-1660), Ascension of Christ, circa 1640, Gift of Elene Siff Erenberg in memory of Philip Francis Siff (M.2007.105) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1lYhrQY
  21. Gotta leave it all behind and face the truth
    George Bellows (American, 1882 - 1925), Cliff Dwellers, 1913, Los Angeles County Fund (16.4) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1MB8bfD
  22. Mama ooOOoo
    John Singer Sargent (Italy, active United States, England, France, Italy, 1856-1925), Portrait of Mrs. Edward L. Davis and Her Son, Livingston Davis, 1890, Frances and Armand Hammer Purchase Fund (M.69.18) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1RnNqFW
  23. I don't wanna die
    Ferdinand Hodler (Switzerland, 1853-1918), The Disillusioned One, 1892, Gift of B. Gerald Cantor in memory of William Bernhardt Potts (M.78.63) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1XzG0o4
  24. I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all
    John Hoppner (England, 1758-1810), Miss Charlotte Papendick as a Child, 1788, Gift of Hearst Magazines (47.29.8) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1MX7wUA
  25. I see a little silhouetto of a man
    Robert Irwin, Miracle Mile, 2013, © 2013 Robert Irwin http://bit.ly/1HGT9og
  26. Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the fandango
    Buen Retiro Factory (Spain, porcelain factory, circa 1759-1808) and Vicente Roco (active circa 1764), Scaramouche and Elizabeth, circa 1765, Purchased with funds provided by the 2000 Decorative Arts Council Treasure Hunt and the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation (M.2000.81) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1NIcmbC
  27. Thunderbolts and lightning very very frightening me
    Paul Klee (Switzerland, 1879-1940), Lightning Stroke, 1920, Partial, fractional and promised gift of Janice and Henri Lazarof (M.2005.70.53), © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild–Kunst, Bonn Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 2 http://bit.ly/1Q1qhd8
  28. Galileo, Galileo
    Italy, Terrestrial Globe, 1575-1625 and later, Gift of Miss Carlotta Mabury (M.49.6.3a-b) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1lwKc6J
  29. Galileo Galileo, Galileo Figaro
    Paolo Caliari Veronese (Italy, Venice, 1528-1588), Allegory of Navigation with an Astrolabe: Ptolemy, 1557, Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.74.99.1) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1O4L6OV
  30. Magnifico
    Jan Boeckhorst (called Lange Jan) (Germany, 1605-1668), The Snyders Triptych, circa 1659, Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.2008.90a-c) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1TlIv6Z
  31. I'm just a poor boy, nobody likes me
    Paul Cézanne (France, 1839-1906), Boy With a Straw Hat, Alternate Title: L'Enfant au Chapeau de Paille, 1896, Mr. and Mrs. George Gard De Sylva Collection (M.48.4) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/21wemIi
  32. He's just a poor boy from a poor family
    Allen Smith Jr. (United States, 1810-1890), The Young Mechanic, 1848, Gift of the American Art Council and Mr. and Mrs. J. Douglas Pardee (M.81.179) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1QUToix
  33. Spare him his life from this monstrosity
    Gustave Surand (France, 1860-1937), St. George and the Dragon (Saint Georges et le monstre), 1888, Gift of the 2007 Collectors Committee (M.2007.53) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1TwFuS5
  34. Easy come, easy go, will you let me go
    Auguste Rodin (France, 1840-1917), Minotaur or Faun and Nymph, circa 1886, Gift of Leona Cantor Palmer (M.72.81.1) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1Q1qBsr
  35. No we will not let you go (Let him go)
    Shūkōsai Anraku (Japan, active early to mid-19th century), Kyūmonryū Shishin from the Chinese Novel "Suikoden,” early 19th century, Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection (M.91.250.67) Currently on public view: Pavilion for Japanese Art, floor 2 http://bit.ly/1QUTFSq
  36. Will not let you go - let me go
    Mexico, Warrior and Captive, 200 B.C. - A.D. 500, The Proctor Stafford Collection, purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch (M.86.296.83) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 4 http://bit.ly/1NraQJ3
  37. We will not let you go
    Giovanni Battista Foggini (Italy, 1652-1725), Time Ravishing Beauty, circa 1700-1725, Michael J. Connell Foundation (M.74.8) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1lwKRoG
  38. Never, never let you go
    Henry Ossawa Tanner (United States, 1859-1937), Daniel in the Lions' Den, 1907-1918, Mr. and Mrs. William Preston Harrison Collection (22.6.3) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1XI5v1l
  39. Never let me go ooo
    Bendor Mark (United States, 1912-1995), Execution, 1940, Anonymous gift (M.80.194.1), © Bendor Mark Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1lwKY3q
  40. No, no, no, no, no, no, no
    Rolph Scarlett (Canada, active United States, 1889-1984), Allegro, circa 1944, Gift of Fannie and Alan Leslie (M.2001.39), © Rolph Scarlett Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1lYiCzT
  41. Oh mama mia
    Agnolo di Polo (Italy, Florence, 1470-1528), Virgin and Child, circa 1520, William Randolph Hearst Collection (50.33.17) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1HGTTtB
  42. Mama mia
    Agnolo di Polo (Italy, Florence, 1470-1528), Virgin and Child, circa 1520, William Randolph Hearst Collection (50.33.17) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1HGTTtB
  43. Mama mia let me go
    Agnolo di Polo (Italy, Florence, 1470-1528), Virgin and Child, circa 1520, William Randolph Hearst Collection (50.33.17) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1HGTTtB
  44. Beezebub had a devil put aside for me
    Francesco Picano (Italy, Naples) and Lorenzo Vaccaro (Italy, Naples, 1655-1706), Saint Michael Casting Satan into Hell, 1705, Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.82.7) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1N4m9TU
  45. For me
    Ferdinand Bol (Holland, 1616-1680), Portrait of a Man, circa 1670, Gift of Howard Young (55.33) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1lYiRe1
  46. For me
    Ferdinand Bol (Holland, 1616-1680), Portrait of a Man, circa 1670, Gift of Howard Young (55.33) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1lYiRe1
  47. So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye
    Colombia, Standing Female with Decorated Body, 1-1600, The Muñoz Kramer Collection, gift of Camilla Chandler Frost and Stephen and Claudia Muñoz-Kramer (M.2007.146.621) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 4 http://bit.ly/1QfAm4M
  48. So you think you can love me and leave me to die
    Youssef Nabil (Egypt, born 1972), Natacha Atlas, Cairo, 2000, Purchased with funds provided by Walid and Susie Wahab (M.2014.178) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 4 http://bit.ly/1l9kx4g
  49. Oh baby
    Italy, Rome, Table with Apollo, circa 1861-1890, Long-term loan from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (L.2010.9.6a-b), Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / V&A Images -- All rights reserved. Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1SxI8X5
  50. Can't do this to me
    François Boucher (France, 1703-1770), Cupid Wounding Psyche, 1741, Gift of Hearst Magazines (47.29.19) Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1IFhK87
  51. Baby!
    Italy, Rome, Table with Apollo, circa 1861-1890, Long-term loan from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (L.2010.9.6a-b), Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / V&A Images -- All rights reserved. Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1SxI8X5
  52. Just gotta get out just gotta get right outta here
    Alberto Giacometti (Switzerland, 1901-1966), The Cage (first version), 1950, Partial, fractional and promised gift of Janice and Henri Lazarof (M.2005.70.28), © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Licensed by VAGA and ARS, New York, NY Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 2 http://bit.ly/1OyoGdB
  53. Ooh ooo, ooh yeah
    Mexico, Seated Couple, 200 B.C. - A.D. 500, The Proctor Stafford Collection, purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch (M.86.296.39a-b) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 4 http://bit.ly/1SxIr48
  54. Nothing really matters
    Anonymous, Japan, Female Shinto Deity, 13th century, Anonymous gift (M.89.118) Currently on public view: Pavilion for Japanese Art, floor 3 http://bit.ly/21wfyLv
  55. Anyone can see
    Hakuin Ekaku (Japan, 1685-1768), Three Sages Tasting Vinegar, no date, Gift of the Robert and Helen Kuhn Family Trust (M.2012.106.8) Currently on public view: Pavilion for Japanese Art, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1IpKiY8
  56. Nothing really matters
    Korea, Seated Buddha, Goryeo dynasty, 10th century, Gift of the 2013 Collectors Committee (M.2013.44) Currently on public view: Hammer Building, floor 2 http://bit.ly/1OyoU4d
  57. Nothing really matters - to me
    Rembrandt Peale (United States, 1778-1860), Portrait of Jane Griffith Koch, circa 1817, Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. William Preston Harrison Collection, Mary D. Keeler Bequest and Dr. Dorothea Moore (78.5.2) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1IpKkQ1
  58. To me
    Rembrandt Peale (United States, 1778-1860), Portrait of Jane Griffith Koch, circa 1817, Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. William Preston Harrison Collection, Mary D. Keeler Bequest and Dr. Dorothea Moore (78.5.2) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1IpKkQ1
  59. Anyway the wind blows
    Elihu Vedder (United States, 1836-1923), Memory, 1870, Mr. and Mrs. William Preston Harrison Collection (33.11.1) Currently on public view: Art of the Americas Building, floor 3 http://bit.ly/1RnPyhc