The World’s Top 10 Most Famous Paintings of All Time

Last Updated on 8th May 2023 by admin

There have been many such artists in the world, who have mesmerized the whole world with their attractive creativity. We cannot know the exact figure of how many paintings were made in the world, but there are some of them that have made a special place in the world for some reason or the other. Today in this article we are going to tell you about some famous paintings of the world. Before telling about these paintings, it is also necessary to tell you that these paintings made decades ago are still no less than the price of any diamond and pearl. Many of these paintings are still present in the art gallery. Let’s start this journey and know about Top 10 most famous paintings in the world:


1) Mona Lisa

Location: Louvre Museum in Paris, France

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

Created: 1503 – 1519

mona lisa painting

Mona Lisa painting is said to be the world’s most famous, expensive and mysterious painting. Mona Lisa means my lady. It is not only a painting but also a mystery in itself. It is said that this painting was made by the famous painting artist Leonardo da Vinci. This painting was made between 1503 and 1519 and is still the most famous painting in the entire world. The painting is still kept in the Louvre Museum in Paris, which is one of the largest museums in the world. It is also said that the painting is kept behind a special kind of mirror.

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The most famous thing about this painting is its smile. Many kinds of research have been done on this till now. The smile on the face made in the painting of Mona Lisa from every corner is different. Leonardo’s biggest problem was making Monalisa’s lips, it took 12 years to make only the lips. Leonardo A Vinci used more than 30 layers to color the Mona Lisa painting, and some of them were thinner than human hair.


2) The Birth of Venus

Location: Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

Artist: Sandro Botticelli

Created: 1485 – 1486

The Birth of Venus Painting

“The Birth of Venus” painting was made by Italian artist Sandro Botticelli in 1485–1486. This painting is kept in the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, which is one of the famous tourist attractions in Italy. It is another masterpiece from the Italian Renaissance. The painting shows the birth of Goddess Venus. Gods Venus emerges from the sea in the form of a beautiful woman and comes to the shore of the sea. The beautiful face and Shy Posture of Venus is the most important part of the painting.

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“The Birth of Venus” is one of the most famous mythological paintings. Most of the paintings of the time were carved on wood but it was painted on canvas. It is said that it was the first of its kind to be painted on canvas in Tuscany. Naked goddess Venus is depicted as the embodiment of beauty, a very beautiful woman who has reached land with love and beauty from the sea. Her skin is smooth and milky in color without any blemishes, being nude. Her long blonde hair covers almost the entire length of her body.


3) The Starry Night

Location: Art museum in New York City, USA

Artist: Vincent van Gogh

Created: 1889

the starry night painting

The Starry Night painting is one of the most famous paintings of Vincent Van Gogh the Dutch artist, it is an oil-on-canvas and was made in June 1889. When the artist lived in a sanitarium, one day he had captured the scene from the window of his room in this painting. Such a great artist did many paintings, but his painting of “The Starry Night” was very unusual from the rest. This painting is kept in the Modern Art Museum of New York.

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The painting is instantly recognizable due to its unique style One of the most interesting facts about this painting is that it was painted at that time when Vincent van Gogh was admitted to a mental asylum at Saint-Remy in southern France after cutting his ear with a razor. The beautiful dark-colored painting tells the story of the countryside from the point of view that it depicts the memories and emotions that they felt while living in that area.


4) The Last Supper

Location: Santa Maria Delle Grazie in ‎Milan, Italy

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

Created: 1495 – 1498

the last supper painting
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“The Last Supper” is also one of the famous paintings by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci after “Monalisa”. The painting was made between 1495 and 1498, it is one of the world’s most favorite and studied paintings. In this painting, Jesus is shown having his last supper before being crucified. The painting also depicts Jesus having a meal with his 12 apostles (disciples). The painting depicts the scene when Jesus tells his disciples that one of them will betray him.

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Its most famous and unique thing is that the painting will not be found in any museum. It is painted on a wall of the Convent of “Santa Maria Delle Grazie” Church in the city of Milan, Italy. Leonardo da Vinci painted this painting on a wall in the dining room there. Leonardo da Vinci painted a specific moment of Jesus with his 12 apostles “The Last Supper” which makes it one of the most famous paintings in the world


5) The Creation of Adam

Location: Sistine Chapel in Vatican City

Artist: Michelangelo

Created: 1508 – 1512

The Creation of Adam Painting

Michelangelo Buonarroti was one of the most famous Italian Renaissance artists. He painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City between 1508 and 1512. “The Creation of Adam” was one of them. It is one of the most religious paintings in history and the most important paintings of the High Renaissance. Adam is believed to be the first human in the world, the painting shows how God created Adam according to a biblical story.

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“The Creation of Adam” is one of the most famous and iconic paintings in European art history. Michelangelo Buonarroti painted the ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel with several paintings depicting many biblical stories. It’s said to be that the most famous image from the ceiling is The Creation of Adam, depicting the God who gave life to the first human, Adam.


6) The Scream

Location: National Gallery in Oslo, Norway

Artist: Edvard Munch

Created: 1893

The Scream Painting

The Scream was painted by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in 1893. The painting was made using oil and pastels, and depicts a man in fright and screaming throughout the painting. The painting was stolen in 2004, the painting went missing for two years and was recovered in 2006. Currently, the famous painting is kept in the National Gallery, Oslo, Norway.

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“The Scream” is one of the few paintings made in the autobiographical and Expressionism style and is also listed among the 10 most famous paintings in the world. The artist said about this picture, that one day I went out for a walk with two friends at sunset. Suddenly the sunlight turned the clouds red like blood. That time he felt an infinite scream passing through nature and painted the same fear that he felt that day.


7) Girl With A Pearl Earring

Location: Mauritius, Netherlands

Artist: Johannes Vermeer

Created: 1665

Girl with the Pearl Earring
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“The Girl with a Pearl Earring” is an oil painting on canvas and a beautiful masterpiece by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer in 1665. It is considered one of the most famous works of art by Johannes Vermeer. This beautiful painting has also been used on the cover of many art books. The painting has attracted so many people throughout history. This painting has drawn unprecedented crowds to an art museum in Mauritius The Hague in the Netherlands.

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Johannes Vermeer was the master of light. “Girl with Pearl Earrings”  illustration of a young woman sitting in front of a dark background. The most famous thing about this painting is that it depicts the softness of a beautiful girl’s face and the gleam of light on her lips very beautifully. Apart from this, she is wearing a very beautiful, shining pearl shining like the sunlight in her ear.


8) The Persistence of Memory

Location: The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Artist: Salvador Dalí

Created: 1931

The Persistence of Memory Painting

The Persistence of Memory painting is one of the most famous oil paintings and was made in 1931 by the famous surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dali (1904–1989). It is considered one of the finest artifacts in history. A soft melting clock is shown in the painting. The purpose of the painting is to draw people’s attention to their lives and times. This beautiful painting is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, a famous landmark of New York City.

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The Persistence of Memory painting represents the omnipresence of time and reflects the unique thinking of the artist. It is one of the most famous paintings in the world. The melting clocks are the most memorable item in this painting and it contains one of the most fascinating things painted by Salvador Dali. He got instant recognition all over the world for this amazing painting.


9) Guernica

Location: Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain

Artist: Pablo Picasso

Created: 1937

Guernica Painting
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Guernica painting is the most famous oil painting on canvas, Picasso was made by Pablo Picasso on 26 April 1937–June 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. This painting is on permanent display in the Museo Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid, Spain. This painting depicts the suffering and chaos of people and also painted animals such as bulls and horses.

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Guernica’s painting is considered to be one of the most important anti-war works of art in history. One of the most famous things about Guernica is that it is a powerful, political painting as a protest against the war. It became the most powerful indictment of the 20th century against war, and still, today feels extremely relevant.


10) The Kiss

Location: Austrian Gallery Belvedere in Vienna, Austria

Artist: Gustav Klimt

Created: 1907 – 1908

The Kiss Painting

“The Kiss” by Austrian Symbolist artist Gustav Klimt was painted in 1907–1908 during the height of the ‘Golden Period.’ Gustav Klimt painted this rich oil painting with additional platinum, silver and gold leaf. Its kept in one of Austria’s famous tourist attractions Austrian Gallery Belvedere in Vienna. The painting becomes one of the most iconic paintings of the Art Nouveau period. The Kiss painting is a deceptively simple portrait of lust and love.

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“The Kiss” is the last painting of Gustav Klimt’s Golden Period, during which he beautifully depicted silver and gold leaf in his works. This painting captivates you when you see the love scenes of two faces embracing each other with beautiful colors. “The Kiss” painting represents the union of spiritual and sensual love.

There were many types of artists in this world, who achieved fame on the basis of their ability. In this article, we have tried our best to show you some world famous paintings of those artists who have shown their thinking and their autobiography through their creativity.

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