Top 10 Most Famous Paintings in the World

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“Art is not my cup of tea”, “I don’t really understand art a lot”, and “It’s just scribbled lines, that’s all”. We have all said this to someone at some point of time or we have heard someone say this at some point of time. I used to be no different when it came to art and would run away at the slightest mention of art. But one truly needs to see a magnificent piece of art in all its might in the real life to know that art is not as complex as it seems and it can mean a thousand different things to a thousand different people. Art is just an expression. Paintings are too, a way for the painters to express their deepest and most passionate feelings into a canvas. None of the painting ever made is as simple as it looks and each painting has a story behind it that longs to come out. And there have been some paintings in the world whose stories may be staring at us right in the face but we seem to miss it. These are the paintings that went on to become the most famous paintings in the world. A certain charm and enigma behind each of these paintings is what makes one so curious about them. So here is the list of the top 10 paintings in the world –


1. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

One can only wonder what a great painter Da Vinci was if two of his paintings have come in the top 3 of this list. Mona Lisa was painted in between the years 1503 and 1519 during the Renaissance in Florence, Italy. It is a portrait of Mona Lisa, who belonged to a wealthy family in Florence. There have been many theories and mysteries surrounding this painting but the fact remains that this work of art is a masterpiece like no other. Today, it has a million visitors every year in The Louvre, Paris, where Mona Lisa is displayed, intriguing more and more people every day. If one has an opportunity to do so, one must visit these places and see these paintings in real life to know their real beauty.


2. The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

One never understands the true value of something until it is gone forever. This line stands true for the Dutch genius Vincent Van Gogh who, in his entire lifetime sold only one painting. The Starry Night was painted by Van Gogh in the year 1889. It depicts the night over the village of Saint Remy with a beautiful swirling sky, as seen from the asylum in the north. The way the colors in this painting have mixed and blended with each other is a marvel that could be reproduced by few others. One often glorifies days and mornings but Van Gogh has aptly brought out the beauty of the ever so mysterious nights. This painting is on permanent display at Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.


3. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

There must be no man who has not heard or read about the great Leonardo da Vinci, a man who was gifted in every way possible. A masterpiece that was painted by Leonardo da Vinci was the mural painting on the wall of the dining hall of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan is The Last Supper. The painting depicts the Last Supper of Jesus Christ when he was believed to have told his two Apostles that one of them would betray him. Leonardo da Vinci is believed to not have worked on this painting continuously. He started in 1495 and completed it in 1498. This is a work of genius in its true sense.


4. Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

Painting on a canvas is not an easy task as it is but Michelangelo took a step further and anted the painters of the world by producing one of the most beautiful paintings in the world on the walls and ceilings of a building. The ceiling of Sistine Chapel in Vatican, Rome, was painted by Michelangelo between the years 1508 and 1512. The huge wall is decorated with the nine scenes from the Book of Genesis and the main masterpiece is where God is breathing in life into Adam, the first man on the earth.  The extravagant features of this painting make it one of the most famous ones in the world.


5. The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream by Edvard Munch

Colors come alive in the most famous painting that Edvard Munch has painted. German Expressionist Edvard Munch painted The Scream sometime between 1893 and 1910. He used both paints and pastels on cardboard to give this painting an effect like no other. The painting is of a man who seems to be screaming in agonizing pain whilst a dramatic orange sky is painted in the background. It is said that Munch painted this when he once saw a blood red sky in the evening which showed him the might of nature. It is displayed in the National Gallery, Oslo, Norway.


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