Have you ever wondered about the famous paintings over the world? Artworks have been with us since the beginning. Over the centuries, art has evolved, but one thing is still constant. Portraits are the perfect way to show emotions.

Here are some of the World Famous Paintings that will amaze you:

1. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Year: Around 1503 to 1519

Gallery: Louver Museum (Paris)

The painting Mona Lisa, by Leonardo Da Vinci, has the most recognition on earth. The enigmatic smile of this mysterious woman has inspired artists worldwide. 

With around half a millennium-long history, the identity of this lady is obscure. However, many believe that the lady behind the canvas was Madam Lisa, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. Painted in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel, this artwork is the masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance.

2. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

Year: 1495 to 1498

Gallery: Santa Maria Delle Grazie (Milan, Italy)

The epitome of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo has endowed another astonishing painting. Beautifully illustrating complicated human emotions, this painting, The Last Supper, is also an admiration to many.

The painting illustrates the last feast with his disciples before one of them betrays him. The artwork took Leonardo 3 years to complete. As the painting was on a thin exterior wall, it started to decay. Nonetheless, there are two copies by Leonardo’s associates.

3. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Year: 1665

Gallery: Mauritshuis (The Hague, Netherlands)

This classic artwork, Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, portrays the elegant vision of the artist. The young European lady, wearing a blue and gold turban and an oversized pearl earring with a black background, has an allure in it.  

The painting had several names over the centuries before this identification. In 1999, an American author Tracy Chevalier published a novel inspired by this artwork of the same name. There is also a movie with the exact title.

4. The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

Year: 1889

Gallery: Museum of Modern Art (New York City)

The Dutch painter of the 18th century is famous for his extraordinary artistic skills. Amongst his several paintings, The Starry Night is the most well-known.

Abstract painting is the signature style of van Gogh. The creative yet bold strokes of the brush make the painting unique. This painting of Sir Gogh has a story behind it. In 1888 due to a mental breakdown, he was in an asylum. That is when he painted this portrait that he saw outside his bedroom.

5. The Scream by Edvard Munch

Year: 1893

Gallery: National Museum & Munch Museum (Oslo)

This iconic portrait of modern art, The Scream, conveys human emotion anxiety. The artist, Edvard Munch, had the idea for this painting while walking around the park. When he saw the sunset, his artistic mind heard infinite screams. 

There are four versions of The Screams. In the first version, there is a  pencil inscription that implies “could only have been painted by a madman.”

6. Guernica by Pablo Picasso

Year: 1937

Gallery: Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid)

The Spanish painter Pablo Picasso has a significant influence on modern arts. His innovative concepts and creative art forms have popularity worldwide. Out of his so many works, the most famous painting is Guernica.

The backdrop of this painting is the Spanish civil war. Guernica portrays the German aerial bombing of the town of Guernica in the Basque.

7. The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

Year: 1907 to 1908

Gallery: Upper Belvedere Museum (Vienna, Austria)

Last but definitely not least on the list of the world-famous paintings is The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. The illustration is an outstanding example of Mr. Klimt’s Golden Period.

Inspired by the works of the Byzantine Empire, The Kiss has gold leaf, silver, and platinum detailed on it. Klimt has illustrated the illicit sensations of abandonment, ecstasy, and pleasure.

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