There is something mystical about viewing a brilliant work of art. Perhaps it’s the fact that a few different combinations of paint strokes, colors, and textures have the power to make you feel deep emotions.
Whether it be love, anger, sadness, or joy, those feelings come from the very depth of who you are. Another beautiful aspect of looking at art is that it doesn’t take much effort to simply enjoy. All you need to do is gaze at the masterpiece.
For as long as humans have been on earth, art has been an essential part of life. Some of the earliest pieces of art were images of bulls, bison, and horses painted on a cave wall almost 17 thousand years ago. Ever since then, art has continually evolved.
Some of the most brilliant works of art worth seeing in person range from the early Renaissance period to the modern 21st century.
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There is a beauty to be found in the chaotic. In 1950, artist Jackson Pollock pushed the boundaries of traditional art when he created Autumn Rhythm. The masterpiece expresses a sense of high energy and power.
It was created by simply laying a canvas on the ground and dripping paint across the surface. This way of creating art is now called action painting.
Thousands of people travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to get a glimpse of one of the first pieces of action art.
Gustav Klimt painted The Kiss sometime between 1907 and 1908. As seen in many of his other paintings, Klimt used the highly decorated gold leaf and platinum. This special touch added a sense of richness and majesty to his creations.
The painting displays a tender passionate kiss between two lovers. The Kiss is currently housed in the Austrian Gallery Belvedere.
Bansky, an anonymous street artist, creates his masterpieces during the darkness of the night. Slave Labour is one of those brilliant creations.
The mural is located on the sidewall of a Poundland store in Wood Green, London. It depicts a young boy sewing together small Union Jack flags. Banksy has been known to create art that revolves around political issues, war, and peace.
Venus De Milo
Art historians believe that the famous Venus De Milo sculpture was carved out of marble sometime during 150 B.C. by Alexandros of Antioch.
More than a thousand years later, the sculpture resurfaced on April 8, 1820. Pieces of the masterpiece were found on the Aegean island of Melos and presented to Louis XVIII. The artwork is now displayed at the Louvre in Paris, France.
View of Delft
Johannes Vermeer, a Dutch artist, broke boundaries when he painted View of Delft in 1661. At the time, it was very uncommon for artists to paint cityscapes. However, Vermeer felt that the beauty of his hometown needed to be portrayed on a canvas.
The painting is one of his most famous pieces. It is currently displayed in the Dutch Royal Cabinet of Paintings at the Mauritshuis in The Hague.