Art may not necessarily be in the form of paintings,it can be in the form of music or a moving picture, it can be in the form of words or actions like drama and stage. When it comes to paintings though, it appears that art takes on a very special form, one that is expressed via oil colors and water paints, via sketches and charcoal. Paintings, like other forms of art, require a lot of dedication, time and most of skill which is why these paintings get sold for quite a lot of money. We are going to discuss the ten most famous paintings by famous artists in the world in the article below and we are sure that you will be able to recognize a lot of works and their creators by their name; such is their level of success.
10. Birth of Venus : Famous Paintings
We are going to start with the birth of Venus. This painting was created in the years 1485-87 bythe famous artist Sandro Botticelli. The story behind this painting relates to the goddess Venus who is more commonly known as Aphrodite. She is a part of the Greek Mythology and the painting basically depicts the way she was born. The same can be seen in the painting; her being born from a sea shell. As far as the original commissioner (the one who ordered the painting to be made or the person for whom the painting was made) is not very clear as far as history is concerned. However, it can be said with certainty that the painting is hanging in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
9. Water Lilies
We are sure that most of you must have heard about this famous painting but what most of you would not be aware off is the fact that the Water Lilies is a series of 250 oil paintings. The artist is a French painter named Claude Monet and the paintings are an inspiration from the artists own flower garden. The 250 paintings have been displayed all over the world in different museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
8. Night Watch
The next famous painting on our list is The Night Watch. Now the most surprising thing about this painting is the fact that it was covered in Black Vinyl which gave the impression that a night seen is being depicted which was not true. The painting was made by the famous Rembrandt can Rijn in the year 1642 and depicted a city guard. The painting is a huge remainder of the Golden Age enjoyed by the Dutch. The vinyl was removed from the painting in the late 1940s although it continues to be known as the Night Watch. It is on display, currently, in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
7. The Scream
The next painting on our list of paintings that are famous worldwide is called the Scream. This painting comes under the genre of expressionist paintings the purpose of which, generally, is to depict an emotion like anger, love, lust, deception, grief and the likes. The Scream shows a highly aggravated figure of a person. The artist, Edvard Munch, is known for painting a series of pictures that fall under this genre. The original painting and another version of the same have each been stolen at least once but were thankfully recovered. The original now hand in The National Gallery of Norway.
6. Girl with a Pearl Earring
This painting was made by Johannes Vermeer, an artist who is so elusive that hardly anyone really knows about the rest of his work let alone this painting. However, the work got so much fame that the painting became known as the Dutch Mona Lisa. There was so much mystery surrounding this painting, the person who commissioned it, the woman who sat for it or whether any woman sat for it or not, and the reason why the painting was commissioned in the first place that Tracy Chevalier wrote a novel around it. The novel got converted into a movie of the same name starring the ever beautiful Scarlett Johansson. The film got a lot of appreciation.