Draw a rakish comedy moustache on Michelangeloâ€™s David, pour Agent Orange over Van Goghâ€™s sunflowers and roll a Faberge Egg to destruction down a grassy precipice next Easter.
All these efforts are overshadowed, out-gunned and just plain beaten to a snotty, mewling pulp by manâ€™s greatest artistic endeavour, The Guitar Solo.
I hold this fact to be self-evident, and here are a few shining, spanking or soaring examples of the genre.
Let me know if you think different…
This oneâ€™s an early rendition of â€˜Rockerâ€™, but anything by Angus will do very wonderfully, thank you very much. Plain, no-nonsense rock â€˜n roll, and he makes you smile every time.
Guitarist Glen Tilbrookâ€™s favourite Squeeze song. The soloâ€™s musical, moving and clever, and fits the song perfectly.
During the Wall Show, while the rest of the band were hidden behind a muckle great pile of bricks, Dave Gilmour got to stand spotlighted on top of the wall and play this. Guitar heaven.
Yes, the songâ€™s sentimental and Stinking-Bishop cheesy, but the solo cleanses the palate very, very well.
No apologies for this one. Great song, superb solo.
Living proof that self-indulgent guitar solos are fine, as long as the â€˜selfâ€™ involved is worth indulging.
Some find Rush a bit sterile. I donâ€™t, and hereâ€™s an Alex Lifeson solo with real soul.
Iâ€™m not kidding â€“ I love this solo. Or should I say â€˜anti-soloâ€™?
While others play solos, BB sings them.