Birth of Venus was painted in 1486 by Sandro Botticelli. It shows Goddess Venus coming out of the sea for the first time as a beautiful young women, at the sea shore. Botticelli was asked by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici of the Medici family of Florence to paint the picture. It is a beautifully depicted piece of art. It is on display at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
9. Water Lilies
Water lilies is a group of about 250 oil paintings, painted by French Impressionist Claude Monet. The painting shows Monet’s flower garden at Giverny. Monet suffered from cataracts while he completed some of these paintings. The paintings are displayed in various museums across the world. Beautifully depicted, Moten’s gardens were his major source of inspiration.
8. Night Watch
The Night Watch was painted by Rembrandt van Rijn in 1642. It is located in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The painting is know for its usurious size (11.91 ft. X 14.32 ft.). It was painted during the peak period of the Dutch Golden days. Being one of the most famous paintings in the world, in 1911 a man slashed the painting with a knife. Again, In 1990 a man sprayed acid on the painting though it was soon repaired.
7. The Scream
Created by Edward Munch, The scream is a series of four paintings. The paintings show an angry figure beneath an orange background. The painting is currently located in National Gallery, Oslo, Norway. Painted between 1893-1910, The Scream is considered to be an icon of the modern art. Considered to be the Modern day Mona Lisa, The Scream has been a high target of theft for several years.
6. Girl with a Pearl Earring
Considered as the Dutch Mona Lisa, ‘Girl with a Pearl Earing’ is located at the Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague. One of the masterpieces by the Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer, the painting uses the pearl earing as a the focal point. Painted in the year 1665, the painting is of ‘oil on canvas’ type.
One of the most famous paintings by Pablo Picasso, Guernica was painted in response to the bombings in the city of Guernica. It shows the consequences of war and the suffering of the people. Considered to be an anti-art symbol, It is currently located at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain. Guernica was placed in a world tour and thereafter became massively famous.
4. The Creation of Adam
A masterpiece by Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam is considered to be a cultural icon. A fresco painting, It depicts god breathing life into the first man- Adam. Along with Leonardo Da Vinci’s The last Supper, The creation of Adam is the most replicated paintings in the world. A part of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, It is the most famous painting on the ceiling.
3. The Last Supper
A mural painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, The Last Supper is one of the most studied and satirized paintings of all time. The painting shows the last supper Jesus had with his disciples, as shown in Gospel of John. It is currently displayed in the of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. It has been speculated that Da Vinci painted it give many hidden messages which are yet to be encrypted.
2. The Starry Night
Painted by the Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh, The Starry Night was painted in June 1889. Van Gogh’s best known work, The painting depicts the view outside the sanatorium window at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Located at the Museum of modern art in New York, The Starry Night is a ‘oil on canvas’ type painting. Several interpretation have been made regarding the depictions in the painting.
1. Mona Lisa
Considered as the best known, most parodied, and the most studied piece of art in the world, The Mona Lisa is the best known work of Leonardo Da Vinci. The expression on the lady’s face, the background, and various other aspects of the painting have been a topic of debate for many years. It is displayed in the Louvre museum in France since 1797.