Museums are full of different paintings, but not every artwork is recognized by people of any age, any nation, and any culture. Art is powerful and almighty! It speaks a universal language, it appeals to the emotions and feelings of the viewer. Artworks changing the whole concept of art were bold, they captured the beauty and made us notice some ordinary things in an extraordinary way. These paintings succeed in the conversation between a painter and viewer, epoch and canons. Here’s the list of the most famous paintings of all times!
- Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa or La Gioconda is an acknowledged masterpiece. This is the most viewed painting in Louvre and one of the most famous artworks of Leonardo da Vinci. Unlike so many masterpieces, this one was painted on wood, not on canvas. Viewers are mesmerized by this artwork: face expression, mysterious smile and glance, detailed image and the atmosphere of the epoch. What else makes this piece of art so enchanting?
Anyone, looking at this painting, can tell it’s the work of Vincent Van Gogh. Amazing painting technique, such a wonderful combination of colors! It is loved by so many people all over the world and it may be seen on every corner: phone cases, t-shirts, mugs, bags and many more. Interesting, that Van Gogh himself thought this painting was a total failure. But not everyone knows that the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence was depicted on artwork. It was the view from the mental asylum room, where he was recovering after cutting his ear.
- The Scream
Edward Munch was best in expressing the emotions and feelings of the 19th century: uncertainty, worries, and anxiety. The Scream brought Edward Munch a worldwide recognition, but not who can name at least two or three of his other artworks? He had hundreds of them! Anyways, who else had such an impact on art and modern culture like The Scream by Munch? It became an inspiration for many people. Did you know that the emoji 😱 as well as some different popular item, was also inspired by this artwork? Can you name them?
Gustav Klimt painting technique is hard to be confused with someone’s else. Bright golden colors, erotic scenes and lots of naked women. The Kiss is the most recognized of all. This artwork depicting a couple embracing each other was greatly influenced by Art Nouveau and became a symbol of love for many.
- The Persistence of Memory
The most recognizable artwork of a surrealist Salvador Dali. The melting clocks and the “softness” of surroundings is a unique style never seen before. When Dali was asked about the inspiration for this painting, he answered he had been inspired by the camembert cheese that melted in sun. But it may be just a joke!
- Girl with a Pearl Earring
Painted by Johannes Vermeer, this artwork is sometimes called a new Mona Lisa. The expression of the young girl wearing an exotic dress is somehow mysterious and enigmatic. But unlike Mona Lisa, Girl with a Pearl Earring is a generic image of a young girl.
Another painting by Vincent Van Gogh that takes the breath away! This is the first painting drawn by Vincent after arrival in the mental asylum. He depicted the irises that were growing in the garden where he was allowed to sit.
This Water Lilies painted by Claude Monet was not the only lilies the painter had drawn. He created 250 paintings of different water lilies that make up a series.
- American Gothic
Grant Wood has painted an American Gothic house and people in front of it: a farmer holding a pitchfork and his daughter. A woman was interpreted to be the wife of the farmer, which is not true. Thanks to the pop culture and parodies, this image is now may be seen almost everywhere!
Vincent Van Gogh is a real master. And he appears to be an artist who has the most recognizable artworks – he is not a one-artwork-painter. He depicted a popular coffee house at the rue du Palais at night in his distinctive manner. What else can be said? A real masterpiece!
Do you know the story about the Tower of Babel? United by one language, monolingual human community, wanted to build a tower to reach the heavens. And so, God showed that their tryings were futile and discord them: he gave different language to the builders for them not to understand each other. This story becomes a foundation for Tower of Babel by Bruegel
Created by Titian in 1520-1523, Bacchus And Ariadne plot was taken from the Roman poets Catullus and Ovid.
Ivan Aivazovsky’s The Ninth Wave depicted with all the details that reflect the atmosphere of the sea storm. We can notice people on the wrecked ship – saving their lives. This artwork makes a human realize that no one can win the nature.
- The Last Supper
The Last Supper, a mural painted by Leonardo da Vinci, depicts Jesus Christ with his apostles. It is well recognized mainly in the Western world. Unfortunately, time and different factor made its impact on the mural, even though, so many restorations were made. It may be seen in Milan, Italy.
- The Lady With The Ermine
Leonardo da Vinci depicted the mistress of Ludovico Sforza, who was then the Duke of Milan. Like Mona Lisa, Cecilia Gallerani portrait was also painted on wood. This artwork is now a Polish pearl and pride.
This is the woodblock print made by Hokusai and it represents the Japanese style of the world representation. Asian manner of painting, the depiction of nature and, what’s more important, one of the symbols of Japan – the mount Fuji – makes it a real masterpiece!
- The Anatomy Lesson Of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp
Rembrandt’s artwork depicting a surgeon and mayor of Amsterdam explaining the musculature to the students is a masterpiece recognized in the whole world. Rembrandt was only 26 years old when he painted this picture: just look at the details, shades, and accuracy!
- Liberty Leading The People
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité were always important to the French. Liberty Leading the People painted by Eugène Delacroix is a bright example of that. A woman, Liberty, holds a French flag and a musket inspiring people to continue the battle and never give up.
Yup. This is Van Gogh again. He painted the view that was very close to the flat he was then renting. This artwork was created before the Starry Night and we can see some similarities in style. The most impressive in it are the shades and reflection of the stars in the water.
Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks depicts a diner and people. Thanks to the realistic representation of the scene, this artwork became the most recognizable of American art.
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