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The 10 Most Famous Paintings In The World And Where To See Them

The "Mona Lisa", "The Last Supper", "Starry Nights", and "Whistler's Mother" are paintings that have inspired and awed people for generations.

Throughout the centuries, several paintings have achieved world recognition across all ages and many societies due to their unique display of talent and style. Most of the world’s famous paintings are oil on canvas pieces that have stood the test of time and have had a lasting impression on those who have seen it, others forming the basis of other artistic works. These art pieces have been preserved in several galleries around the world from where they can be viewed. Famous paintings are at a constant threat of damage from theft and aging. Museums and galleries have the task and the responsibility of keeping these masterpieces safe and restoring them to their original condition to prolong their lives and significance for posterity.

10. Whistlers Mother -

#10 Whistlers Mother -

Whistler’s mother or the arrangement in grey and black was painted in 1871 by James McNeill Whistler showing his mother seated on a chair against a gray wall. The painting is displayed in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

9. The Persistence Of Memory -

#9 The Persistence Of Memory -

The painting was made by Salvador Dali in 1931 depicting melting clock faces which are thought to have been inspired by the Theory of Relativity. The painting is displayed in Rijksmuseum.

8. The Night Watch -

#8 The Night Watch -

The night watch was painted by Rembrandt in 1642 depicting the departure of a city led by its captain. The painting is displayed in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The unique dark varnish makes it look like a night scene.

7. The Birth Of Venus -

#7 The Birth Of Venus -

The painting depicts the emergence of the goddess Venus from the sea. The painting was made by Sandro Botticelli in the mid-1480s. The painting is on display in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery.

6. Guernica -

#6 Guernica -

Guernica is a Picasso painting showing the bombing of Spain’s city of Guernica during the Spanish civil war. The 1937 painting is housed in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

5. The Girl With A Pearl Earring -

#5 The Girl With A Pearl Earring -

The painting was made by Johannes Vermeer around 1665 portraying a turbaned girl with a pearl earring. The painting is considered the Dutch Mona Lisa as the expression on the girl’s face is not understood. The painting is on display in Mauritschuis, The Hague, Netherlands.

4. The Scream -

#4 The Scream -

Painted by Edvard Munch in 1893, the scream shows a frightened person screaming. The painting is housed in the National Gallery, Oslo, Norway.

3. The Starry Nights -

#3 The Starry Nights -

The Vincent van Gogh painting is displayed in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The painting was made in 1889 and depicts the city of Saint-Remy under the swirling sun.

2. The Last Supper -

#2 The Last Supper -

The last supper is a Leonardo da Vinci painting of the Last Supper of Jesus and His disciples portraying the confusion after Jesus declared that one of them would betray him. The painting was made between 1495 and 1498 and is placed in the Santa Maria Delle Grazie monastery in Millan.

1. Mona Lisa -

#1 Mona Lisa -

Mona Lisa is a Leonardo da Vinci painting done between 1503 and 1506 and worked on until 1519. The painting is a portrait of Gherardini and is displayed in Louvre museum of Paris.

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