- Apr 25, 2022
Painting is an ancient medium to communicate and put your ideas in the illustration to present to the world. It is dated as far back as 40,000 years when humans carved random animals and things in the caves to canvas and now we have to digital art. But some timeless classics that are known to the world for a long time now and are worth millions of dollars. Every year these classics pass through international auction houses and are held by museums as artwork in their collections. Some of these masterpieces as termed as straight-up brilliant works of art that scream genius when you look at them.
From Leonardo de Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the stary night by vincent van Goh, we have here a list of the most famous paintings in the world. Take a look.
1. Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, 1503-19
We are sure it came to you as no surprise that Mona Lisa is the top of our list of the most famous paintings. Mona Lisa was painted between 1503-1517. And since the time it was made there were two questions that have not been answered to date. Who is she? Why is she smiling?” according to experts the painting is a portrait of the wife of Florentine merchant Francesco di Bartolomeo del Giocondo, or that she is the mother of the painter but no one knows for sure who is the smiling woman in the picture. The painting is the earliest work of its kind which is focused half portrait according to the museum where it was first installed called the louver in Paris.
2. Sandro Botticelli, 1484-148
The birth of Venus bt Sandro Botticelli was the first non-religious, full-length nude after antiquity by Lorenzo de Medici.the painting depicts the birth of Venus who is being sent to shore on a giant clamshell by the gods of wind Zephyrus and Aura. the style of the painting is a renaissance and the dimensions of this painting are W2785xh1725. The reason this painting caught so much attention was that Bottoceilli painted on canvas instead of wood which was very popular around that time and second is because nudity was quite rare. Therefore the painting was quite bold as venus is standing naked covering herself with her hair and her hand.
3. The Starry Night, Vincent van Goh
This is Vincent van Goh’s most famous artwork. He painted it in the year 1889 when he was in an asylum in France and was being treated for his mental illness. The painting sure very well depicts the turmoil of thoughts that VIncent might be having his head. The thick brushstrokes have very well depicted the inner demons he might be facing. The painting’s striking blue and yellow with the dreamy atmosphere have attracted people for ages now.
4. Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1907–1908
You can see this masterpiece at the upper Belvedere museum in Vienna in Austria. The estimated date of the kiss is 1907 to 1908. One very intriguing thing about this painting is that it is not for sale. Other works of Gustav Klimt are bought and sold for a lot of money. This painting is deceived as a "general allegorical statement about love being at the heart of human existence" by the Upper Belvedere and people seemed to agree with its magical appeal. The work is of the Golden phase between 1899 and 1910 where the painter used the gold leaf technique which he saw in the church’s famed Byzantine mosaic in Italy.
5. The girl with the pearl earring
This masterpiece was painted around 1665 by Johannes Vermeer. It is in Mauritshuis. When Mauritshuis underwent construction this painting traveled around the world from the united states to japan and Italy where it was absolutely loved by the audience. The girl with the pearl earring is one of the most famous paintings in the world and it is often compared with Mona Lisa. even though both the painting are different in style. Often confused as a portrait the girl with the pearl earring is actually a “tronie” i.e. an imaginary figure with exaggerated features. The masterpiece is known for its brilliance and simplicity. The entire focus is a girl wearing an oversized earring and blue golden turban.
6. The last supper
The last supper by Leonardo da Vinci is estimated to be dated between 1495 to 1498. Leonardo da Vinci was quite an artist which is why we can’t question why he is on the list twice. The last supper is a depiction of the time before Jesus’s crucifixion when he broke bread with his disciples. The painting is 15 feet high and 28.9 feet wide. Yes, that’s quite huge. You can see this painting at Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Millan in Italy. The fresco survived to war threats.