Both are inspired by single identifiable paintings. Are there any other good ones?
I think there is at least one song about the Mona Lisa
King Crimson: The Night Watch
There’s an entire musical about A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
Does Bette Davis Eyes count?
Just Like Romeo and Juliet
Mussorsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition?
In the rock-pop world, I seem to remember a deep cut by some early 70s prog rock band about a painting – Yes? King Crimson? Moody Blues? It’ll come to me.
The Pogues - The Wake of the Medusa inspired by the painting by Theodore Gericault.
“Killing Me Softly (With His Song)” was inspired by Don McLean’s “Empty Chairs”.
Tom Waits, “Chocolate Jesus” – about a (chocolate) sculpture by Richard Manderson (maybe)
“La Sagrada Familia” by the Alan Parsons Project, about the church by that name designed by Antonio Gaudi
Peter Hammill: The Lie (Bernini’s St. Theresa)
Here are two websites with lists of songs about works of art:
The tracks on Tales of Mystery and Imagination are all inspired by specific Poe stories as well.
“Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War” by Paul Simon. It’s about this photograph.
Pictures of Lily by the Who is about nude photos that may be considered works of art.
Television sang about the Venus de Milo.
Iron Maiden has a few of these. “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner,” based off of Coleridge’s poem, “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” based off of Poe, “To Tame a Land” is about Frank Herbert’s Dune. Others I’m forgetting, I’m sure.
ETA: Sorry, was “works of art” meant to refer only to paintings?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something
“Tribute” by Tenacious D is about the band playing the best song in the world (thought to be “Stairway to Heaven”) to prevent their souls from being eaten by a demon.