|Most Famous Paintings in the History of Man Kind
Here are Most Famous Paintings in the History. Each year much money is invested by those who collect art on trying to acquire the world’s renowned paintings. We all know that the costliest ones may not necessarily be the most famous. These are usually displayed in Museums and may not be for sale.
Most Famous Paintings in the History
10. Birth of Venus
The Birth of Venus has been created by Sandro Botticelli in 1485–87. It shows the goddess Venus (or Aphrodite as she is known in Greek mythology) coming out of a sea shell from within the sea. This has been painted as per the story narrated about her birth. As to where the painting originated or who commissioned it still vague. It is sometimes speculated that it was commissioned by Lorenzo de’ Medici for his Villa of Castello. It is now displayed at Uffizi Gallery in Florence. (Read More @Wikipedia)
|Birth of Venus: Most Famous Paintings in the History
9. Water Lilies
Water Lilies (or Nympheas) is actually part of a series of about 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings show Monet’s own flower garden at Giverny and had been the inspiration of his work during the last three decades of his life. Scattered across museums of the world, you can see one at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (Read More @Wikipedia).
8. Night Watch
It is a night scene of a city guard moving out, led by Captain Frans Banning Cocq and his lieutenant, Willem van Ruytenburch. It actually created the wrong impression of a dark night using a dark varnish, earning its name, till the varnish was removed. A painting by Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn, completed in 1642, it today hangs at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. (Read More @Wikipedia)
7. The Scream
Depicting the torment of a scream, this is part of the sequence of expressionist paintings and prints by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. It shows a tortured figure depicted against a scarlet skyline. The backdrop consists of Oslofjord, seen from the hill of Ekeberg, in Oslo. The painter created many versions of The Scream using different medium. The paintings in National Gallery and Munch Museum gained publicity when they were stolen and regained. (Read More @Wikipedia).
6. Girl with a Pearl Earring
Often said to be the Dutch version of Mona Lisa, the Girl with a Pearl Earring was painted by Johannes Vermeer. With not much being known about the creator of the painting there is a mysterious air about his work. A fictional work by Tracy Chevalier also inspired a movie on the same subject. (Read More @Wikipedia)
|Girl with a Pearl Earring
A well known painting by Pablo Picasso, Guernica depicts the sad outcome of war and the anguish that all people, whether involved in the war or not have to go through. The message that Picasso wanted to show to the world was the devastation caused by the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by German bombers. You can view the painting in the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid. (Read More @Wikipedia)
4. The Creation of Adam
Commissioned by Pope Julius II and painted on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. This painting holds a significant place in High Renaissance. The Creation of Adam is part of the nine scenes from the Book of Genesis. It was the last to be finished, depicting the giving of breathe to Adam by God. (Read More @Wikipedia).
|The Creation of Adam
3. The Last Supper
This painting shows the Last supper where Jesus Christ talks about his betrayal by one of his Twelve Apostles. It is a Mural Painting in Milan and was created by Learnado da Vinci on the back wall of the dining hall of the monastery of Santa Maria dell Grazie. He worked at the painted in fits and starts from 1495 onwards and finished it in 1498. It is also suggested that the person on the right of Jesus is Mary Magdalene. This theory gained credence with novels that came later. (Read More @Wikipedia).
|The Last Supper
2. Starry Night
Painted by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. He was an artist who unfortunately saw very little in the way of success during his lifetime in spite of such incredible work. Starry Night is one of the most well-known of his work and has become very popular in today’s world. The painting depicts the village of Saint-Rémy under a swirling sky, in a view from the asylum towards north. It can be viewed at Museum of Modern Art in New York. (Read More @Wikipedia).
1. Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa is probably the most known of all paintings due to the colorful tales attached to it as well as the beauty of he painting. In fact there is no one who has not studied the mysterious almost-smile on the painting. The creation of Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance in Florence and painted over a period starting 1503-1404, it was completed in 1519, just before his death. The painting got its name from Lisa del Giocondo, a member of a wealthy family of Florence. After being stolen, hidden and then recovered, today you can see Mona Lisa in the Louvre in Paris. (Read More @Wikipedia).