5 Amazing Pieces of Art by Amazing Artists
Starry Night is one of the best known paintings in the world and was created by Vincent van Gogh and immortalized by singer Don McLean with his hit record “Vincent.” Considered by many to be Van Gogh’s best work, it is housed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci
Arguably, the most famous painting of all time is still the biggest attraction of, perhaps, the most famous art gallery in the world. The Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the early 1500s is seen by more than six million people every year.
Girl with a Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer
Many call the “Girl with a Pearl Earring” the “Dutch Mona Lisa,” and those who visit the Mauritshuis Gallery in the Netherlands will be lucky enough to see it in all its beauty. Painted by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, it is still one of the great art wonders of the world.
The Last Supper – Leonardo da Vinci
One of the most famous paintings by Da Vinci is not actually housed in a gallery or museum. The Last Supper graces a wall at the Santa Maria delle Grazie Monastery in Milan Italy. Painted in the 15th century, the painting shows the last supper of Jesus with his disciples.
Guernica – Pablo Picasso
Perhaps the most famous painting by Pablo Picasso hangs in Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain and shows the bombing of Guernica, Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
And where do you go to see great art?
The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
When visiting Amsterdam what could be better than checking out one of their most prestigious national treasures? “The Van Gogh Museum” in Amsterdam is dedicated to the work of Van Gogh and holds a large collection of his work from many different stages of his career.
The Tate Britain and the Tate Modern, London
Many say that the first thing you should do in London is visit the “Tate Britain,” an art gallery that houses art that dates from the 1500s to the modern day. The newer “Tate Modern” holds one of the best collections of modern art from 1900 forward. The art in the “Tate Modern” tends to be experimental and is home to Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Tracey Emin.
The National Gallery, Prague
The beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic holds a mix of Czech artwork, Cubism and Baroque pieces and exhibit items from artists such as Jan Preisler who happens to be one of the greatest Czech painters—best known for his “Fairy Tale” collection, which happens to be on view at the National Gallery.
The Louvre, Paris
Of course, almost everyone knows that “The Louvre” is the home to the “Mona Lisa” and happens to be one of the most beautifully architectured buildings in the world. The gallery holds pieces from Botticelli, Braque, Picasso and Rubens and is a sight not to be missed if you are ever in Paris.
The Groeninge Museum, Bruges
Any true art lover will know that the “Groeninge Museum” in Bruges houses one of the most mesmerising collections of artwork from the Netherlands and Belgium—much of it dating from the 18th century. From historic paintings to modern art pieces, this gallery should be top of your list if you happen to be in Bruges.