Which work of art is your favorite
Some works of art are small, some very large. Some centuries old, some a few decades. But they all have one thing in common: Each painting fascinates its viewer with extraordinary painting techniques and the stories they tell. We have put together ten of the most famous paintings in the world for you to tell their story.
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
The oil painting that da Vinci painted on wood in the early 16th century is one of the most famous in the world. To this day, art experts speculate about who the Mona Lisa really was. It is said to be Lisa del Giocondo. The wife of a silk merchant from Florence.
The work of art has been hanging in the royal Palais du Louvre in Paris since 1815, where it is still open to the public today. Before that it hung in Napoleon Bonaparte's bedroom.
But the biggest topic of conversation remains Mona Lisa's mysterious smile. In 2008 researchers discovered that da Vincidie used the “Sfumato” painting technique. TheSfumato technique is a painting technique used to paint the smoothest possible transitions, creating the slight blurring and shading on her face.
Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
The Dutch artist painted 800 paintings over the course of his life. One of its most famous is the starry night. You can now admire the oil painting from 1889 in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Did you know that the vortices of the starry sky in the picture represent one of the most complex mathematical phenomena? The turbulence. The Russian scientist Komogorov only designed the mathematical model for representing turbulence in the 1940s. Researchers suspect that van Gogh knew intuitively how turbulence can be visualized precisely.
The artist was in a mental hospital while creating this and other paintings. He delivered himself to this mental hospital after cutting off his left ear.
The Scream of Edvard Munch
The Scream by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is a series of expressionist paintings. They show the Oslofjord - a fjord in southern Norway - and a screaming person. Apparently the painter portrayed himself there. In the summer of 1891 a blood-red sunset is said to have terrified him while taking a walk. This event drove him to design the versions in different styles for two years. In doing so, he created the cornerstone of Expressionism.
You can see one of the paintings in the National Gallery of Oslo. Again, because in 1994 it was stolen from the museum. And in 2004 another version of 'The Scream'. Both could be found and brought back to the museum.
The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
The Dutchman painted his most famous painting in 1665. This year the girl with the pearl earring became the 'Girl in the Spotlight'. Because a team of scientists analyzed the image using the most modern scanners and X-ray technology in the Mauritshuis Museum. The goal? According to the director of the Dutch museum, Emily Gordenker, they wanted to find out how it was painted and what materials Vermeer had used.
Peter Webber's 2004 directorial debut wants to show who the girl who was portrait was. Namely a maid who worked in Vermeer's house. Vermeer researcher Benjamin Binstock claims, however, that we are seeing Vermeer's eldest daughter, Maria. What do you think?
The Persistence of Salvador Dali Memory
How do dreams feel The Spanish painter Salvador Dalí shows us an interpretation of this in his world-famous masterpiece 'The Persistence of Memory'. He described this type of representation as hand-painted dream photographs. Admire the oil painting created by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
The painting is equipped with numerous symbols: The structure in the center of the picture should show a self-image of Dalí. A fly and the melting clocks are supposed to represent transience ... Are you also a little confused at the sight? It was precisely this reaction that the artist wanted to achieve in the viewer and make him rethink the entire world.
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
You can now admire Leonardo da Vinci's legendary fresco in the Renaissance church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. In the former dining room of the adjoining monastery, the artist created the mural from 1494 to 1498. It has been restored over the past 20 years and is now open to the public again.
But what was da Vinci actually serving up the protagonists of his famous work? Art historians and restorers believe that it is about fruit and fish - an important Christian symbol. One theory says that they are river eels, as these were very common in the Milan region when da Vinci painted the fresco.
The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo
This mural is the oldest of our compilation: The Italian artist Michelangelo created it between 1508 and 1512 in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. You can enter them through the Vatican Museums. It was created during the Italian High Renaissance and is one of the most famous paintings from that era and one of the most famous of all time.
The detail in the center of the picture, the two index fingers almost touching each other, has always been the model for parodies and reinterpretations; such as in the film E.T.
Guernica by Pablo Picasso
The most famous work of art by Picasso and the modern era is 27 square meters. The painter created it for the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937 within two weeks. He actually wanted to create a picture entitled “Painter and Model”. But he spontaneously begins to paint over his painting: His model for the picture was the bombing of the Nazis in the city of the same name in northern Spain. Through his work he wanted to show the acts of the fascists and the violence of war.
Last year, on the 80th birthday of 'Guernica', the Picasso Museum in Paris organized an exhibition about the creation of the picture. However, the picture itself was not included. Because in his will, Picasso decreed that the painting could not return to Spain until Franco was deposed. It is now on display in Madrid and is no longer allowed to leave Spain.
A Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
It took the artist Georges Seurat two years to create, spot by spot, his most famous work, measuring two by three meters. Splash of color? You heard right! This picture is painted in the style of pointillism. So it consists of individual, small dots of pure colors. The unmixed colors produce a stronger luminosity than mixed ones.
Georges Seurat is considered to be the inventor of the style. And as the founder of Neo-Impressionism. His main aim is the harmony between contrasts, colors and lines. This gives Neo-Impressionism a precise technique, but remains open to interpretation. The direction quickly spread across Europe.
Arrangement in gray and black: Portrait of the artist's mother by James McNeill Whistler
The American artist James McNeill Whistler spent his artistic career in London and Paris. Just like Seurat, he attended the renowned Ecole des Beaux-Arts for further training. His works are characterized above all by their clarity and sobriety - in the spirit of realistic aesthetics. Just like in this masterpiece, the 'Arrangement in Gray and Black: Portrait of the Artist's Mother' or also known as Whistler’s Mother for short.
Although his pictures stand out with their clear lines. For James McNeill Whistler, color harmony has always been most important. Incidentally, his role models were artists such as Velasquez and Vermeer.
Isn't it impressive that all of these works of art tell the stories of bygone times and we still learn new things about them over and over again? Hope you enjoyed this selection of the most famous paintings of all time. Which of these is your favorite and which work of art is the most famous for you? Let us know in the comments and tell your friends about it.
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