Greatest Paintings

Some of the greatest and most famous paintings of all time. It includes classics, such as  The Mona Lisa (Da Vinci), The Creation of Adam (Michelangelo) and Cafe Terrace at Night. (Van Gogh)

Mona Lisa – Leonardo Da Vinci

The Renaissance (1503–1517)

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Leonardo da Vinci worked on his masterpiece over a period of 20 years. He carried it with him everywhere. The enigmatic smile has captured the imagination of the world. I love this painting because it is very human, but also gives a glimpse of the world beyond, the transcendental.

Creation of Adam – Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo

Renaissance (1508-1512)

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Michelangelo took four years to paint the Sistine Chapel. He chose scenes from the Old Testament. This is the epic moment of God creating Adam. How similar God is to man in this picture.

Cafe Terrace at Night – Vincent Van Gogh

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The genius of Vincent Van Gogh is captured in this atmospheric portrayal of French cafe life at night.

The Starry  Night – Vincent Van Gogh (1889)

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It shows the view from the east-facing window of his room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (with the addition of an idealised village) It has been voted the most popular watercolour.

It resides in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Poppies in a Field – Claude Monet

Impressionist period (1886)

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Claude Monet is one of the great impressionist painters. This wonderful pastoral scene captures the essence of how the impressionists captured the beauty and simplicity of nature.

Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee – Rembrandt

Dutch Golden Age (1633)

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Rembrandt captures the drama and emotion of this epic scene from the Gospels. Note his effective use of light and dark to highlight the drama of the scene.

The Girl With a Pearl Earring – Jan Vermeer

Dutch Golden Age – (1665)

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Jan Vermeer was relatively unknown in his lifetime. But, this fascinating portrait (somewhat reminiscent of the Mona Lisa) is a beautiful example of the Baroque style.

Le Moulin de la Gallette – Jean Renoir

(1876)

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A leading impressionist, Auguste Renoir captures the buzz and excitement of this outdoor scene in Paris.

The Fighting Temeraire – John Turner

(1838)

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John Turner, an English Romantic painter, is often referred to as the ‘artist of light’. This scene is a captivating example of how Turner portrayed sunlight on the sea.

Peace – Picasso

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The simplicity of this symbol of peace by Pablo Picasso remains one of the most powerful pieces of art.

L’Estaque – Paul Cezanne

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1883-1885  by Paul Cezanne

 Eugène Delacroix – Liberty Guides the People

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Eugène Delacroix – La Liberté Guidant le Peuple. The painting Commemorates the French Revolution of 1830 (July Revolution) on 28 July 1830.

This painting epitomises the Romantic ideals of the French revolution. The French government bought it in 1830, but it was kept private for many years because it was considered too inflammatory.

Jewish Bridge – Rembrandt

(1667)
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A painting of mesmerising ambiguity. ‘The Jewish Bride’ paints a tender portrayal of human love.

Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan. “Greatest Paintings”, Oxford, www.biographyonline.net, 23rd May 2013.

 

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