World-class paintings are not just something for the eyes to appreciate; they are also priced very high and cost millions of dollars. These paintings transcends art techniques and modernity, they are ageless and very valuable. If you want to take a sneak peak of the world’s most viewed paintings, here are the top ten.
This is the most viewed painting in the world, a masterpiece from Leonardo Da Vinci which has won the hearts of many. It is now under the care of Louvre Museum in Paris and is one of its many attractions. It is estimated that this painting is viewed by over 6 million people annually by both local and tourists alike. Leonardo is said to have worked on this piece between the years 1503-1504.
The Last Supper
This is another winning piece from Leonardo Da Vinci. It depicts the last few hours of Jesus as he shares his final supper with his twelve disciples. This painting has a very powerful concept that it has been translated into many versions. The original work now hangs at the dining hall of Santa Maria Delle Grazie Monastery located in Milan, Italy. It has been a tourist attraction and a lot of tourists are surprised that this grand work of art is housed in such a small, humble monastery.
The Creation of Adam
Michelangelo is one of the most popular painters of the 15th century. He has lined the Sistine Chapel with several of his tremendous works. One of his most popular masterpieces is The Creation of Adam located at the center of the chapel’s ceiling. It is an absolute standout from nine other scenes that depicted various symbolisms and events in the book of Genesis.
This is by far the most viewed modern art by artists Vincent Van Gogh. He created this masterpiece in 1889 and is now housed at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York, USA. We all know of the verse, ‘starry, starry night’ from the song “Vincent” and this painting is where singer Don McLean drew his inspiration from.
Another popular modern piece is from Edvard Munch, which was painted in 1893. This is currently on display at the National Gallery in Norway. Edvard is an Expressionist and created his artworks in paintings and pastels. It is one of the most mysterious of all his paintings as it depicts a person clasping his face in disbelief and look as if he is frightened and screaming.
The Persistence of Memory
Created by a Spanish painter, the Persistence of Memory, is one of the most popular modern art by Salvador Dali. The painting dates back 1931 and depict the ordinary, everyday life that surrounds us. It was also said that this piece was an inspiration from the Theory of Relativity popularized by Albert Einstein.
Girl With a Pearl Earring
This painting is somehow correlated with the popular painting of Leonardo Da Vinci and was even called the ‘Dutch Mona Lisa’. It has the same enchanting, mysterious look of a woman. The Girl with a Pearl Earring is a creation of Johannes Vermeer and is now in display in Netherlands at the Mauritshuis Gallery.
The Night Watch
The Night Watch is a hauntingly beautiful piece of art that depicts guards and lieutenants under the command of Captain Cocq. It is a popular military portrait that is now housed at the Amsterdam Museum under the Rijksmuseum collection. It is one of the most popular paintings of the Golden Age as created by Rembrandt van Rijn.
Vincent Van Gogh is famous for his self-portrait, a depiction of himself without a beard. He has a number of self-portraits created but by far, this is the most popular. It was actually a gift for his mother on her birthday. This is also one of the most expensive paintings in the world amounting to $71.5 million and is gaining more value as years go by. It is now owned privately and displayed in a luxury collection.
Pablo Picasso is world-famous by this larger than life masterpiece. The Guernica is a mural-sized creation inspired by the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. It can now be viewed at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.