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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Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Girl with a Pearl Earring was painted by Johannes Vermeer in 1665. The painting itself is rather small, measuring 1’6” x 1’3”. Yet, it has made an immense impact on anyone who has had a chance to view it. Books and movies have been made, speculating her true story.
No one knows who the girl in the painting really is or if she ever existed. The masterpiece currently resides in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague.
Der Schrei De Natur, more commonly known as The Scream, is a famous oil painting created by Edvard Munch in 1893. The picture of a man holding his face while he screams is considered to be an icon of modern art, partly for its universal meaning.
It’s widely believed that The Scream is a reference to Munch’s soul and his inner troubles. The masterpiece is currently displayed in the Munch Museum in Oslo.
The Starry Night
Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch post-impressionist painter, is known for his influential masterpieces. Over his lifetime, he created around 2,100 works of art.
The Starry Night, painted in June 1889, is one of his most renowned. The piece depicts the east-facing view from his asylum room at the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence just around sunrise.
The painting is currently located at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
The Last Supper
Mystery and beauty surround Leonardo da Vinci’s depiction of The Last Supper. The piece of art has been widely examined in the hopes of finding even more hidden details.
In 2007, Giovanni Maria Pala, an Italian musician, created a 40-second melody from the notes that are allegedly hidden in the scene. The 15th-century mural painting currently resides at the Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.
Sistine Chapel Ceiling
Historians believe that the artist Michelangelo painted The Sistine Chapel ceiling sometime between 1508 and 1512. The breathtaking Renaissance masterpiece is about 131 feet long and 43 feet wide.
A few depicted scenes that were painted include “The Separation of Light From Darkness” and “The Drunkenness of Noah.” It is thought to have taken Michelangelo around four years to complete.
An estimated five million people travel to Vatican City every year to see the piece of art located within the Apostolic Palace.