Most Famous Paintings in the World

Painting is a way of expressing one’s emotion using methods that astonish the audience. From the early modern era to the 21st century there have been some renowned painters whose paintings have created a permanent impact on the history of art and paintings.

Here is the list of some most famous painters and their paintings:-

The Mona Lisa


The Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci:  The painting of a lady gazing right into the eye of the observer is one the triumph created by Leonardo da Vinci. Being the most famous painting of all time it is kept for display at the Louvre Museum.

  • Created: 1503
  • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
  • Period: High Renaissance
  • Medium: Oil Painting
  • Place: France
  • Current Status: At Louvre Museum (Paris)
  • Dimensions: 77 cm × 53 cm

The School of Athens


The School of Athens painted by Raphael Sanzio:  The famous painting of all time, depicting the gathering of all philosophers, artists and scientists, was completed in the year 1511. This gem is present in one of the four rooms of Apostolic Palace in the Vatican City which were decorated by Raphael Sanzio.

  • Year: 1509–1511
  • Artist: Raphael Sanzio
  • Period: High Renaissance
  • Medium: Oil Painting
  • Place: Italy
  • Current Status: Raphael Rooms
  • Dimensions: 500 cm × 770 cm

The Starry Night


The Starry Night painted by Vincent van Gogh:  This magnificent masterpiece which is one of the best paintings has a mystery of its own. It gorgeously portrays the successful venture of Vincent van Gogh trying to have a lookout of the window of Saint-Paul asylum, France.  Since 1939, this art is mesmerizing viewers’ eyes at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

  • Year: June 1889
  • Artist: Vincent van Gogh
  • Period: Modern art, Post-Impressionism
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Place: USA
  • Current Status: The Museum of Modern Art (New York City)
  • Dimensions: 73.7 cm × 92.1 cm

The Scream


The Scream painted by Edward Munch:  The Scream originally called Der Schrei der natur is the most stunning yet petrifying painting. This painting ravishingly depicts human nature filled with confusion, unease, and stress. The million dollars artwork is displayed at National Gallery and Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway.

  • Year: 1893
  • Artist: Edvard Munch
  • Period: Proto-Expressionism
  • Medium: Oil, tempera, pastel, and crayon on cardboard
  • Place: Norway
  • Current Status: National Gallery and Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway
  • Dimensions: 91 cm × 73.5 cm

The Last Supper


The Last Supper painted by Leonardo da Vinci:  Obviously this painting has to be a masterpiece to add Leonardo da Vinci’s name twice in the list. The Last Supper has Jesus along with his 12 disciples. The painting portrays the reactions of his disciples as Jesus provides them with the truth that one of his disciples will betray him. The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie holds this wonderful artwork.

  • Year: 1495–1498
  • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
  • Period: Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, High Renaissance
  • Medium: Oil Painting
  • Place: Italy
  • Current Status: Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Dimensions: 700 cm × 880

The Old Guitarist


The Old Guitarist painted by Pablo Picasso:  This painting was Picasso’s best artwork and also close to him as this was painted just after the suicide of his close friend due to depression. Picasso portrayed the affliction and misery of the poor and ill who were suffering from poverty. This painting is present at the Art Institute of Chicago. This is one of the most famous painting of Picasso.

  • Year: 1903–04
  • Artist: Pablo Picasso
  • Period: Picasso’s Blue Period, Expressionism
  • Medium:         Oil on panel
  • Place: USA
  • Current Status: Art Institute of Chicago
  • Dimensions: 122.9 cm × 82.6 cm

Girl with a Pearl Earring


Girl with a Pearl Earring painted by Johannes Vermeer:  A household girl is gazing from the dark, that’s what this painting has to make it one of the best paintings of all time. It is present at the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague.

  • Year: 1665
  • Artist: Johannes Vermeer
  • Period: Dutch Golden Age painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Place: The Hague, Netherlands
  • Current Status: Mauritshuis Museum
  • Dimensions: 44.5 cm × 39 cm

Whistler’s Mother


Whistler’s Mother painted by James Abbott McNeill Whistler:  James painted this amazing art piece of his mother while staying at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Today this astonishing piece costs more than 30 million euro and is kept at Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

  • Year: 1871
  • Artist: James McNeill Whistler
  • Period: Realism
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Place: United States
  • Current Status: At Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • Dimensions: 144.3 cm × 162.4 cm

Café Terrace at night


Café Terrace at night painted by Vincent van Gogh:  From this painting, Van Gogh realizes his love for the sky filled with stars. He crafted this beautiful art piece in Arles, France, and presently it is decorated at Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterlo Netherlands.

  • Year: 1888
  • Artist: Vincent van Gogh
  • Period: Post-Impressionism, Cloisonnism
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Place: Arles, France
  • Current Status: Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
  • Dimensions: 80.7 cm × 65.3 cm

View of Toledo


View of Toledo painted by El Greco:  El Greco’s masterpiece is one of the most famous paintings in the list. View of Toledo or Vista de Toledo portrays the artistic form of the city Toledo, Spain. The bright and dark expression of the sky is what makes it exceptional and the best attraction to visitors at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Year: 1596-1600
  • Artist: El Greco
  • Period: Mannerism
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Place: New York City
  • Current Status: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Dimensions: 48 cm x 43 cm

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