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

images source: wikipedia.org

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

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  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?

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      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” (http://tinyurl.com/k7ewjt7).

        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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