In this post, we have chosen some of the most renowned paintings in the world — masterpieces of global art that every resident of the globe is familiar with. Our civilization has created hundreds of the finest painters who painted thousands of exquisite images, but even among the best of the best, there are those of whom everyone is aware – even those who are impossibly removed from art. Here is the list of 10 of the most famous paintings in the world.
Dogs Playing Poker
Dogs Playing Poker is a collection of paintings by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge that includes an 1894 painting, a 1903 series of sixteen oil paintings commissioned by Brown & Bigelow to market cigars, and a 1910 painting. The total series of eighteen paintings features anthropomorphized dogs, but the eleven paintings in which dogs are seated around a card table have become well recognized in the United States as examples of kitsch art in home décor.
The Son of Man
René Magritte, a Belgian surrealist painter, created The Son of Man in 1964. It is maybe his most well-known piece. It was painted as a self-portrait by Magritte. The picture depicts a guy with an overcoat and a bowler hat standing in front of a low wall, with the sea and a gloomy sky beyond.
The Garden of Earthly Delights
“The Garden of Earthly Delights is Hieronymus Bosch’s most renowned and gigantic triptych, created between 1500 and 1510 and now housed in Madrid’s spectacular Museo del Prado.”
The triptych’s vast space (389 x 220 cm) is literally filled with transparent figures, fantastical constructions, monsters, hallucinations in the flesh, demonic caricatures of reality – this is one of those works that will take at least a month to consider in detail, and making sense of it may take a lifetime!
Portrait of Madame Récamier
Picture of Madame Récamier is an 1800 portrait by Jacques-Louis David of the Parisian socialite Juliette Récamier, depicting her in the height of Neoclassical fashion, sitting on a Directoire style sofa in a simple Empire line dress with virtually bare arms and short hair “à la Titus.”
The Birth of Venus
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (about 1485), at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, is not only one of the most famous, but also one of the most sensuous masterpieces of global art. Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici was Lorenzo the Magnificent, Duke of Florence’s cousin. It is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Among Botticelli’s outstanding inventions, the choice of canvas rather than wood for a painting of such huge scale was possibly the most significant (172.5 x 278.5 cm).
Massacre of The Innocent
The biblical Massacre of the Innocents of Bethlehem, as described in Matthew’s Gospel, is the subject of two paintings by Peter Paul Rubens representing the tragedy. It is one of the most famous paintings in the world. The first, measuring 142 by 182 cm, was painted after his return to Antwerp in 1608, after spending eight years in Italy.
The School of Athens
The School of Athens is a fresco by Raphael, an Italian Renaissance artist. It is one of the most famous paintings in the world. It was created as part of Raphael’s assignment to adorn the chambers now known as the Stanze di Raffaello at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican between 1509 and 1511.
The Last Supper
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most revered, studied, and reproduced paintings in history. It has inspired books, films, art, music, and conspiracy theories. The Last Supper has sparked as many theories and stories as its creator, the genius “orchestral man” Leonardo da Vinci.
The Creation of Adam
“The Creation of Adam” (Italian: La creazione di Adamo) is a renowned Michelangelo fresco painted about 1511 during the master’s work on the walls and vaults of the Sistine Chapel. It is worth noting that Michelangelo’s representation of God in his frescoes was among the first of its sort. Michelangelo was a true pioneer in depicting the Supreme Being in this manner.
Yes, we can’t live without Leonardo and at least two or three of his masterpieces — who would argue otherwise? And, of course, the most renowned of his paintings is the Mona Lisa, or Gioconda! Da Vinci is claimed to have began painting the image in Florence, Italy, in 1503 or 1504, and it took him up to four years to complete, despite its diminutive size. However, no precise date for the completion of the painting has been recorded.