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5 Most Famous Paintings of all Time

5 Most Famous Paintings of all Time, Every year millions of dollars are spent by art collectors eager to own the world’s most sought after paintings. However, the most expensive paintings are not necessarily the most famous paintings.

5 Most Famous Paintings of all Time

Birth of Venus

Most Famous Paintings of all Time

The Birth of Venus is a painting by Sandro Botticelli was created around 1485–87. It depicts the goddess Venus emerging from the sea upon a shell in accordance with the myth that explains her birth. The original and clear location of the painting and its commissioner remain uncertain. Some of experts attribute its commission to Lorenzo de’ Medici and the Villa of Castello as the site the site to which the work was originally destined. Today, the painting is held in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. A Birth of Venus high resolution of image can be found here, Most Famous Paintings of all Time

Night Watch

Night Watch

It is completed in 1642, at the peak of the Dutch Golden Age, The Night Watch of it is one of the most famous paintings by Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. It depicts a great city guard moving out, led by Captain Frans Banning Cocq and his lieutenant, Willem van Ruytenburch. For much of its existence, only the painting was coated with a dark varnish which gave the incorrect impression on that it depicted a night scene, leading to the name of Night Watch. This varnish was removed only in the 1940s. The painting is on display in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. A high resolution image of the Night Watch can be found here.

Guernica

guernica

Most Famous Paintings of all Time, Guernica is one of Pablo Picasso most famous paintings, showing all the tragedies of war and all the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent and poor civilians. Picasso’s purpose in painting it was to bring the world’s attention to the bombing of  Basque town of Guernica by German bombers, who were supporting the Nationalist forces of General Franco at during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso completed the painting by mid-June 1937. The painting can be seen in the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid.

The Creation of Adam

The Creation of Adam

The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, at the commission of Pope Julius II, is one of the famous and most renowned artworks of the High Renaissance. The ceiling is that of the large and clear Chapel built within the Vatican in Rome. Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis. Among the last to be completed was the worst Creation of Adam in which God the Father breathes life into Adam, the first man. The Creation of Adam is one of the famous paintings of all time and has been the subject of countless of references and parodies.

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

 

Most famous painting of all time, the Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance in ancient Florence. He began painting the Mona Lisa in 1503 or 1504 and finished it shortly before he died in 1519. The painting was named for Lisa del Giocondo, a member of wealthy family of Florence. In 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen by her Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian patriot who believed most the Mona Lisa should be returned to Italy. After having kept the painting in his personal apartment for two years, Peruggia was finally caught when he attempted to sell it to the directors of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Most Famous Paintings of all Time. Today, the Mona Lisa hangs again in the Louvre in Paris where 6 million people see the painting each year.

Updated: May 5, 2017 — 4:50 pm
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