“Every painter dips his brush in his soul, and paints his nature into his pictures.”
This quote by famous social reformer Henry Ward Beecher impeccably sums up the spirit of artists. We have seen numerous artists who have managed to change our perception of the world around us, some more than others. These artists have managed to keep themselves alive through their artwork and can be recognized instantly through their paintings even today.
Here are some of the famous artworks from all over the world that have managed to transcend generations and are easily recognized by common people:
- Mona Lisa
Artist: Leonardo Da Vinci
Perhaps the most recognizable painting today, Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci around 1503-1506. Also called La Gioconda, this painting hangs in Paris’ famous Louvre museum and receives a stunning 6 million viewers every year.
The painting’s subject is a mysterious woman whose identity is still unclear. However, the style of painting and contrast between Mona Lisa and the backdrop is what inspires countless artists even today.
- Starry Night
Artist: Vincent Van Gogh
Starry Night painted by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh is housed in the Museum of Morn Art in New York. The painting is of Saint-Remy and was painted by Van Gogh from memory of the time he resided there. This painting created in 1889 is a beautiful rendition of the village with a brilliant usage of colours and strokes of the brush.
- The Last Supper
Artist: Leonardo Da Vinci
Another one of Da Vinci’s masterpieces, The Last Supper is a fresco done on a wall of Santa Maria Delle Grazie monastery in Milan. The painting depicts Jesus and his twelve disciples from Last Supper. One of the most recognized pictures worldwide; it caused quite a stir in the Christian community when fictional novel “The Da Vinci Code” claimed the presence of a woman, Mary Magdalene amongst Jesus’ apostles.
David represents perfect male anatomy and was created by Michelangelo between 1501 and 1504. This sculpture, carved from marble, can be found in the Accademia Gallery in Florence. The sculpture is 17 feet tall, depicts Biblical hero David and is perhaps one of the most famous artworks from Renaissance period.
- Girl with a Pearl Earring
Artist: Johannes Vermeer
Painted by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, this painting has often been hailed as “Mona Lisa of the North”. Featured in the Maurishuis Gallery of Hague in The Netherlands, this painting features a girl wearing a blue headband and a pearl earring. Like Mona Lisa, the identity of the subject in this painting is still a mystery for historians.
- Water Lily Pond
Artist: Claude Monet
One of the several paintings created by Monet at Giverny, Water Lily Pond features beautiful scenery with weeping willows, water lilies, a Japanese bridge and the reflection of light on water through foliage. The painting is instantly recognizable as Monet’s work because of his famous water lilies and resides at Paris’ Museé de l’Orangerie.
Besides these, there are thousands of other famous artworks from around the world that are instantly recognizable by everyone. So this list scratches the surface of art and artists worldwide.