Top 12 Famous Paintings In The World

As you probably know, one of the most famous paintings which anybody could easily recognize is: Mona Lisa by Leonardo. And of course there are others which are easy to recognize such as: The Kiss by Klimt or The Creation Of Adam By Michelangelo. All of them are beautiful masterpieces.

Here is a list with top 12 most famous paintings in the world:

1. Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci – oil on poplar (1503-1506)

One Of The Most Famous Paintings - Mona Lisa


2. The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci – tempera on gesso, pitch and mastic (1495-1498)

The Last Supper


3.  Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh – oil on canvas (1889)

starry night


4. The Scream by Edvard Munch – oil, tempera, pastel on cardboard (1893)

the scream


5. The Kiss by Gustav Klimt – oil and gold leaf on canvas (1907–1908)

the kiss


6. The Creation Of Adam by Michelangelo – fresco (1512)


7. The Girl With The Pearl Earing by Johannes Vermeer- oil on canvas (1665)

the girl with a pearl earing


8. American Gothic by Grant Wood – oil on beaverboard (1930)

american gothic


9. The Dream (Le Rêve) by Pablo Picasso – oil on canvas (1932)


10. The Birth Of Venus by Sandro Botticelli – tempera on canvas (1486)

the birth of venus


11. The Anatomy Lesson Of Dr. Tulp by Rembrandt – oil on canvas (1632)

the anatomy lesson


12. Bal Du Le Moulin De La Galette by Pierre Auguste Renoir – oil on canvas (1876)

Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette

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“Top 12 Famous Paintings In The World List” is based on our perspective and the research made is based on Google Search results.




  1. Reply

    I’m curious how you determined that these are the dozen most famous paintings — is this your subjective opinion, or did you use data to make these choices?

    • Reply

      Good question Susan. To be honest I don’t think that someone can tell for sure which are the most famous paitings without being subjective. I did make research. These are for sure famous paintings (based on the data I found free on the internet) but the order is pure subjective.

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        Hi, Jack,

        I came to a fascination with art history a bit late in life, and was curious to know which famous paintings had truly shaped and defined art history — in other words, the top several hundred paintings from the Renaissance to Pop Art.

        When I couldn’t find such data, I decided to make it by perusing nearly two dozen major art history books and reference books (nearly 17,000 pages), and noting which famous paintings were cited – when an author discussed Matisse, for instance, which Matisses? From this data I culled the top 250 works, and have published them on art history flashcards called Masterpiece Cards and in the “Famous Paintings ebook” (

        It’s fascinating to see where the similarities and differences are — the artists are all the same, but not all the paintings. I’ll entice you and tell no more!

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          You have done an impressive work! Thank you for giving me the oportunity to discover your website.

          So did you came to a conclusion? Can you tell which painting is more famous than another one?

          P.S. do you paint?

          • Hi, Jack,

            Well, I do think I’ve got a fairly good handle on what today’s art historians consider “the best”. It’d be a fascinating exercise to somehow look at survey textbooks from 100 years ago and get an opinion from there.

            Yes, I do paint but haven’t in the last few years. I find painting to be both the most rewarding and terrifying activity, all at once. And do you paint?

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