To be a successful artist, you must first understand the history of art which includes the artists that have stood out over time, transcending generations and borders as well as their artwork and why they stood out. A deeper understanding into such insights will give you important lessons that you yourself can be able to incorporate into your own art and create your own success story.
Let’s take a look at our top 4 list of famous art pieces in the world.
1 The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci is a masterpiece and undoubtedly the world’s most recognized and referenced piece of art. It’s actually believed to be the most visited piece as well. The history behind this painting is still crowded in mystery as it’s quite not clear who the subject in the Mona Lisa painting was. There are a number of speculations that have been put forward but it still remains a mystery. The fact that Da Vinci was able to use the image of a little known woman and turn her into a globally recognized figure still remains a marvel.
2 The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo
The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo which is a biblical painting that sought to depict God breathing life into Adam is another famous piece of artwork worth mentioning. The simplistic yet eye catching way in which Michelangelo summarizes the 6th day in the biblical story of creation, where God together with a few in His inner circle in heaven creates Adam in His own image and breathes life into him is remarkable. Most of importantly, how this painting has stood the test of time and attracted uncountable replicas, from an artist who initially was a sculptor, just adds credence to the story of this piece of artwork.
3 The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli is another world renowned painting that deserves a mention. Part of the reason we feel this painting as well as the artist stand out, is the fact that he chose not to conform and rather branched out. In what way you ask? During that point in time, most paintings such as the famous Mona Lisa were conventionally done on wood panels. However, Botticelli branched out from this norm by painting on canvas. The Birth of Venus went on to become one of the most revered artworks during the Renaissance period. Many writers have since made attempts to demystify this piece of artwork by attempting to tell the story behind it.
The Guernica by Pablo Picasso
We of course can’t complete our list without mentioning the renowned Pablo Picasso and his historic painting, the Guernica. Unlike other paintings on our list, the Guernica was not a piece of fiction but rather a historic event that Picasso sought to document through his work. Through his use of a monochromatic palette black, white and grey, Picasso sought to express his displeasure at the bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica by Hitler and document the act. This bombing destroyed the town, injured hundreds and killed a third of the town’s population. This painting gained fame globally as it traversed different countries creating awareness about this injustice.
Today, these paintings are worth millions of dollars and many people who desire to own them merely see them as luxury pieces that will look good in their galleries. However, as an artist, it’s important to look deeper into these pieces and find out the key to them gaining global acclaim.
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