Every year, billions of dollars’ worth of art passes through international auction houses, while leading museums each hold tens of thousands — even hundreds of thousands — of artworks in their collections. however precious few ever achieve the fame required to truly be considered household names.
Based on those results, these are the planet’s 10 most searched-for paintings:
1. ‘Mona Lisa’
If you had any doubts about the wild popularity of “Mona Lisa,” the crowds at the Louvre will convince you. Credit: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images
Estimated date: 1503 to 1519
Where to see the item: Louvre Museum (Paris)
the item should come as no surprise of which the most famous painting from the planet will be of which mysterious woman with the enigmatic smile. however of which’s one of the few certainties about of which work of art.
2. ‘The Last Supper’
Visitors take photos of “The Last Supper” (“Il Cenacolo or L’Ultima Cena”) at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. Credit: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images
Estimated date: 1495 to 1498
Where to see the item: Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milan, Italy)
Leonardo, the original “Renaissance Man,” will be the only artist to appear on of which list twice.
Painted in an era when religious imagery was still a dominant artistic theme, “The Last Supper” depicts the last time Jesus broke bread with his disciples before his crucifixion.
Did you know? The fresco has survived two wartime threats — Napoleon’s troops used the wall of the refectory on which the fresco was painted as target practice. the item also was exposed to the air for several years when bombing during World War II destroyed the roof of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
3. ‘The Starry Night’
Tourists look at “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh at Museum of Modern Art in fresh York. Credit: Victor Fraile Rodriguez/Corbis/Getty Images
Where to see the item: Museum of Modern Art (fresh York City)
The comparatively abstract painting will be the signature example of van Gogh’s innovative as well as bold use of thick brushstrokes. The painting’s striking blues as well as yellows as well as the dreamy, swirling atmosphere have intrigued art lovers for decades.
4. ‘The Scream’
“The Scream” by Edvard Munch will be installed for a special exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Credit: The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images
Where to see the item: National Museum (Oslo, Norway — opening in 2020) as well as Munch Museum (Oslo — through May 2020)
Much like the case of “Mona Lisa,” daring thefts (1994 as well as 2004) of the two painting versions of “The Scream” helped elevate the public’s awareness of the artworks. (Both were eventually found).
View of Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. Credit: Denis Doyle/Getty Images
Where to see the item: Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid)
of which will be the most recent painting on of which list, as well as the item depicts the German aerial bombing of the town of Guernica from the Basque region during the Spanish Civil War.
The painting has of which distinctive Picasso style, as well as its unflinching examination of the horrors of war made the item an essential part of 20th century culture as well as history.
6. ‘The Kiss’
Visitors admire “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt at the Upper Belvedere in Vienna, Austria. Credit: Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Imagesges
Estimated date: 1907 to 1908
Where to see the item: Upper Belvedere museum (Vienna, Austria)
With No. 6, we move via a study in hate to a study in love with Gustav Klimt’s beloved “The Kiss.”
Did you know? While “The Kiss” isn’t for sale, different works by Klimt are bought as well as sold for huge sums. Oprah Winfrey offloaded the 1907 artwork “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II” for $150 million in 2016 — for a cool $60 million profit.
7. ‘Girl using a Pearl Earring’
A journalist takes a photo of Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl using a Pearl Earring” at the Mauritshuis Museum from the Hague, Netherlands. Credit: Michel Porro/Getty Images
Estimated date: 1665
Where to see the item: Mauritshuis (The Hague, Netherlands)
The oil on canvas masterpiece will be brilliant in its simplicity. The girl — wearing a blue as well as gold turban as well as an oversized pearl earring — will be the entire focus with only a dark backdrop behind her.
8. ‘The Birth of Venus’
A journalist examines “The Birth of Venus” by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli during a press preview at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, in October 2016. Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images
Estimated date: 1485
Where to see the item: Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi (Florence, Italy)
Marrying a renewed interest in classic Greek culture with Early Renaissance style, Botticelli creates an unforgettable figure with the Goddess of Love emerging via a huge scallop shell.
9. ‘Las Meninas’
Diego Velazquez’s “Las Meninas” will be seen at the Prado museum on November 19, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. Credit: Denis Doyle/Getty Images
Where to see the item: Museo del Prado (Madrid)
Madrid will be the only city in of which roundup where you’ll find two of the most 10 famous paintings, the first being “Guernica” at No. 5 as well as “Las Maninas” here at No. 9.
The painting does double duty as a portrait. the item serves as a group portrait of Spanish royalty, however the item’s also a self-portrait of Velázquez himself at work (on the left).
10. ‘Creation of Adam’
On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at The Vatican, the “Creation of Adam” rounds out the top 10 most famous paintings list. Credit: VCG/Corbis/Getty Images
Date: 1508 to 1512
Where to see the item: Sistine Chapel (Vatican City)
The most famous work by renowned artist Michelangelo covers a section of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling — you have to look up to view the item. The scene depicts God as well as Adam with outstretched arms, their fingers nearly touching. the item will be one of the most replicated images in history.
Adam’s muscular form hints at Michelangelo’s different talent — his “David” will be possibly the planet’s most famous sculpture. You can see the towering marble statue at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence.
a few more paintings of which came close
Here are a few more famous paintings of which came close to breaking into the top 10 list:
- “American Gothic” (Grant Wood, Art Institute of Chicago)
- “Water Lilies” series (Claude Monet, various museums around the planet)
- “The Persistence of Memory” (Salvador Dali, Museum of Modern Art in fresh York)
- “The Night Watch” (Rembrandt, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam)
- “The Garden of Earthly Delights” (Hieronymus Bosch, Museo del Prado, Madrid)