Ah, the stories of unfinished works. From the grandest of masterpieces to the most ambitious of dreams, these works have captivated the imaginations of generations, inspiring us to strive for greatness and never give up on our dreams... or to just kind of dabble at art, collect plaudits from everyone, and never actually bother to deliver the finished product at all.
This list is a tribute to these unfinished works, and the often gifted and famous people who created them. From the unfinished masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci, to the never-realized movie dreams of Stanley Kubrick, to JRR Tolkien and his bet with CS Lewis, these works are a reminder that even the greatest of minds can leave us with something incomplete... frustratingly so, in some cases.
So, without further ado, let us take a journey through the world of unfinished works, and the often absolutely exasperating stories behind them.
Famous, unfinished sculpture.
Tolkien’s unfinished bet: Númenor, time-travel, and 'The Lord of the Rings.'
Napoleon’s movie dreams were never realized.
‘The Last Tycoon’: unfinished.
British representatives: too proud to be painted.
Leonardo’s only Italian masterpiece.
Decades in the making, never finished.
Biggest masonry structure in the western hemisphere.