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Top 10 Famous Paintings.

1. Mona Lisa – Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci worked on his masterpiece over a period of 20 years. He carried it with him everywhere. The enigmatic smile has captured the imagination of the world. It has been stolen twice and now resides in the Louvre, Paris. When the Mona Lisa visited America in the 1960s, it gained a prominence close to that of the then US president JFK.

2. The Scream – Edvard Munch

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A painting that symbolises the anguish and pain of modern life. It has become one of the most famous pictures of modern times.

3. Creation of Adam – Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo

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Michelangelo took four years to pain the Sistine chapel. He chose scenes from the Old Testament. This is the moment of God creating Adam.

4. Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh

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The genius of Vincent Van Gogh is captured in this painting of 12 sunflowers. Has become one of the most recognisable of his works.

5. Ceci N’est pas une Pipe – Rene Margritte

A classic example of modern surrealist art.

6. Poppies in a Field – Claude Monet

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Claude Monet is one of the great impressionist painters. This wonderful pastoral scene captures the essence of how the impressionists captured the beauty and simplicity of nature.

7. The Last Supper – Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci paints one of the most famous scenes in the bible – The last Supper. It is after Christ has said one of the disciples will betray him.

8. The Girl With a Pearl Earing – Jan Vermeer

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Jan Vermeer painted this iconic portraits (somewhat reminiscent of the Mona Lisa) and a wonderful example of the Baroque style and the use of light.

9. Le Moulin de la Gallette – Jean Renoir

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A leading impressionist, Auguste Renoir captures the buzz and excitement of this outdoor scene in Paris.

10. Peace – Picasso

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The simplicity of this symbol of peace by Pablo Picasso, remains one of the most powerful pieces of art.

Other contenders for the most famous painting include:

  • Crocefissione (Raffaello Sanzio)
  • Pop art – Andy Warhol
  • The Peristence of Memory – Salvador Dali
  • The Golden Christ – Paul Gauguin
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Great Works of Art

Pieta – Michelangelo

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Michelangelo’s Pieta – The magnificent depiction of Mother Mary holding her crucified son, Jesus Christ. Beauty, elegance, restrained yet intense emotion.

Mona Lisa – Leonardo Da Vinci

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The enigmatic smile of Mona Lisa has captured the imagination of the world. The Mona Lisa gives a glimpse of immortality in an anonymous lady.

The Lady With An Ermine – Leonardo Da Vinci

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One of Leonard’s portraits.

David – Michelangelo

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The sublime depiction of the human form. Michelangelo transcended the great classic masters of the past with this flawless sculpture.

Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo

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Michelangelo ‘s four year epic. Unsurpassed scale and greatness that leaves visitors breathless.

Michelangelo Basilique San Pietro in Vincoli

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Rome, Basilique San Pietro in Vincoli, Moïse de Michel Ange

Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh

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The genius of Vincent Van Gogh is captured in this atmospheric portrayal of French cafe life at night.

Bridge Across the Seine – Van Gogh

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Bridge across the Seine at Asnieres by Vincent Van Gogh

Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh

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The genius of Vincent Van Gogh is captured in this painting of 12 sunflowers. Has become one of the most recognisable of his works.

Ecstasy of St Therese – Bernini

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The Ecstasy of St Therese – Bernini in Cornaro Chapel.

Water Lillies – Claude Monet

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Claude Monet = is one of the great impressionist painters. Quite a few of his pictures could be chose. But, his Water lily pictures are perhaps the zenith of his artistic impressionism. A wonderful elucidation of light and nature

Haystacks – Monet

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Haystacks by Monet

Soleil Levant – Monet

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Soleil Levant – Monet

Poppies in a Field – Claude Monet

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Claude Monet is one of the great impressionist painters. This wonderful pastoral scene captures the essence of how the impressionists captured the beauty and simplicity of nature.

Inspiration of St Matthew – Caravaggio

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Caravaggio was commisioned to provide three paintings for the Contarelli Chapel in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi. This is one of the three paintings. The other two being the martydom of St Matthew and the calling of St Matthew.

Calling of St Matthew – Caravaggio

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The Taking of Christ – Caravaggio

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The Girl With a Pearl Earing – Jan Vermeer

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Jan Vermeer was relatively unknown in his lifetime. But, this fascinating portrait (somewhat reminiscent of the Mona Lisa) is a wonderful example of the Baroque style.

View of Delft – Jan Vermeer

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View of Delft – Jan Vermeer

Primevera – Botticello

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Primevera (1482) – Botticello –

The Jewish Bride – Rembrandt

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The identity of the Jewish Bride is uncertain. This may have been deliberate on part of the artist, who created a masterpiece of human love that borders on the divine.

Christ in the Storm of the Sea of Galilee – Rembrandt

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Rembrandt captures the drama and emotion of this epic scene from the Gospels. Note his effective use of light and dark to highlight the effect.

The Last Supper – Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci paints one of the most famous scenes in the bible – The last Supper. It is after Christ has said one of the disciples will betray him.

Le Moulin de la Gallette – Auguste Renoir

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A leading impressionist, Auguste Renoir captures the buzz and excitement of this outdoor scene in Paris.

By Water – August Renoir

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By Water – August Renoir

Peace – Picasso

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The simplicity of this symbol of peace by Pablo Picasso, remains one of the most powerful pieces of art.

The Fighting Temeraire – John Turner

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John Turner, an English Romantic painter, is often referred to as the ‘artist of light’. This scene is a wonderful example of his portrayal of sunlight,

Shipwreck – John Turner

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Shipwreck – John Turner

The Haywain – John Constable

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The Haywain by John Constable

The Cornfield – John Constable

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The Cornfield – John Constable

The Crucifixion – Raphael

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Crocefissione – Raphael

The School of Athens – Raphael

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L’Estaque – Paul Cezanne,

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1883-1885  by Paul Cezanne