There are paintings that are admired because of how mysterious it looks, or the technicality behind the art, or the back story of the painting or simply because of its genius creator. Paintings are expressions turned to a work of art. Each person may see a different meaning and we may interpret a painting in varying perspectives and appreciation. Even with varying art opinions, there are some paintings that really set the bar among the rest and are world-famous all over the globe. Here is a list of the top ten most viewed paintings in the world.
1. Mona Lisa
The famous and mysterious Mona Lisa is painted by the great Leonardo Da Vinci between the years 1503 to 1519. There are many theories and stories that go with this painting. It is said to be a portrait of Mona Lisa, an art commissioned by a wealthy clan from Florence. Other says it is a self-portrait of Da Vinci. It is now displayed in Louvre, Paris and is one of the most visited pieces of art in the entire city.
2. Starry Night
Can you actually believe that the genius Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime? The painting Starry Night was painted in the year 1889 and it tells a story of a quaint village in Saint Remy with an endearing night sky as viewed from an asylum. This painting is now visited by people all over the world in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
3. The Last Supper
Another fabulous artwork from Leonardo Da Vinci is the Last Supper. This is a mural painting that now sits on the dining hall wall of the Santa Maria delle Grazie in the city of Milan. It is probably the most original and most popular depiction of the Jesus Christ and his twelve disciples during their last supper together before Christ’s crucifixion. He started this masterpiece in the year 1495 and completed it in the year 1498.
4. Creation of Adam
A masterpiece by Michaelangelo, Creation of Adam is a very detailed painting that can be viewed from above the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. It took the artists from 1508 to 1512 to complete this marvelous piece of art.
5. The Scream
Edvard Munch artwork involves pastels, paints and cardboard. The painting depicts a man screaming in pain against a psychedelic sky, a bridge and the sea. This is now displayed at the National Gallery in the city of Oslo, Norway.
6. The Persistence of Memory
Salvador Dali painted this work of art in the year 1931. It is said to be inspired by Theory of Relativity by Einstein. It involves around the significance of time in one’s life. It is now proudly showcased in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, USA.
7. Girl With A Pearl Earring
The mysterious look of this painting is very well-loved all around the globe. The artist behind it, Johannes Vermeer, created it as a tronie (not a full portrait). The look of the lady eyes is so expressive and is one of the many components that make this painting very attractive and amazing. It is now part of the Mauritshuis Gallery in Netherlands.
8. The Night Watch
Rendered by Rembrandt van Rijn, this painting tells a story of two city guards. It is very detailed and done in a low night light that makes it appear very intriguing and very realistic. This is now displayed among the many works of Rembrandt in the Rembrandt Museum in the Amsterdam.
9. Water Lilies
Claude Monet’s painting is a world famous art piece that is one of the 250 oil paintings that the artist once lined up in his garden of flowers in Giverny. His own garden inspired him in a lot of his art pieces. It looks simple to the naked eye but is actually very technical and detailed. Monet is also suffering from cataract when he created his paintings. The Monet paintings are sprinkled in famed museums all over the globe.
The genius Pablo Picasso breath life to this painting that is now on display at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid. It depicts of the tragedies of the Spanish Civil War and has become one of the most historical pieces of artwork from this primed artist.