10 Most Famous Works Of Art

The following is the list of the 10 most famous works of art in the world – paintings or sculptures.
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1. Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci. The most famous art work and painting in the world is the main attraction of the Louvre museum in Paris, where it is seen by six million people every year! Leonardo da Vinci painted it from the year 1503 or 1504 till shortly before he died in 1519

Most FamousWorks Of Art: Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris

Most Famous Works Of Art: Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris

 

2. The Last Supper – Leonardo da Vinci. This world famous painting is not shown in a museum, but rather covers the back wall of the dining hall at Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery in Milan, Italy. It was painted by the most famous artist of all time, Leonardo da Vinci in the late 15th-century. The painting depicts the scene of The Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples. Seeing this masterpiece in the small monastery is truly one of the best attractions Milan has to offer

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

 

3. David Statue – Michelangelo – David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by the Italian artist Michelangelo. It is a 5.17-metre (17.0 ft) marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David. The statue is located in the Accademia Gallery in Florence since 1873

Most Famous Works Of Art: David by Michelangelo

Most Famous Works Of Art: David by Michelangelo (source: Rico Heil)

 

4. The Creation Of Adam – Michelangelo. Located on the ceiling of The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Rome. The Creation Of Adam was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 and it is just one of nine scenes from the book of Genesis that are painted on the center of the ceiling of the chapel

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Creation Of Adam by Michelangelo

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Creation Of Adam by Michelangelo

 

5. The Thinker – Auguste Rodin. This bronze sculpture shows a nude male figure at about life-size sitting on a rock with his chin resting on one hand as though deep in thought, and is often used as an image to represent philosophy. There are about 28 full size castings, in which the figure is about 186 cm (73 in) high, though not all were made during Rodin’s lifetime and under his supervision. Rodin first conceived the figure as part of another work in 1880, but the first of the familiar monumental bronze appeared in 1904

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Thinker by Auguste Rodin

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Thinker by Auguste Rodin

 

6. Starry Night – Vincent van Gogh. Painted by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh in 1889, Starry Night is one of the most well known paintings in modern culture. The painting is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The painting was the inspiration for the song “Vincent” (also known as “starry starry night”) by Don McLean. McLean’s song reference the painting as well as other paintings by the famous artist

Most Famous Works Of Art: Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

Most Famous Works Of Art: Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

7. The Scream – Edvard Munch. The most famous piece by Edvard Munch, painted around 1893. It was painted using oil and pastel on cardboard. This frightening painting is on display at The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Scream by Edvard Munch

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Scream by Edvard Munch

 

8. Aphrodite of Milos – Also known as Venus de Milo, this ancient Greek statue was created sometime between 130 and 100 BC, and is believed to depict Aphrodite – the goddess of love and beauty. Made of marble, the statue is 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) in height and is believed to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch. Unfortunately, the arms and original plinth were lost. The statue is yet another big attraction of the Louvre museum in Paris

Most Famous Works Of Art: Aphrodite of Milos

Most Famous Works Of Art: Aphrodite of Milos

 

9. The Persistence Of Memory – Salvador Dali. Painted in 1931 by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory is one of the most recognizable pieces in art history. This work of art is known to make people ponder on their way of life and the way they spend their time, and it is also thought that Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity was inspired by this wonderful piece

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Persistence Of Memory - Salvador Dali

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Persistence Of Memory – Salvador Dali

10. The Diskobolus of Myron – This world famous Greek sculpture was completed around 460-450 BC. The artist is unknown and even the original bronze statue is lost but numerous copies – made either as full scale in marble, or smaller scale in bronze were found

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Diskobolus of Myron

Most Famous Works Of Art: The Diskobolus of Myron

            

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