Art is almost as old as mankind itself, and there have been many famous art pieces created over the ages. It would be too daring to try to make a ranking of the best art pieces so instead, we decided to compile a list with the most famous pieces of art while focusing on paintings and sculptures. So what are the most famous art pieces? From the Statue of Liberty to Mona Lisa, these are the 25 Most Famous Art Pieces.
The Bathers (Cezanne)
Considered a masterpiece of modern art, “The Bathers” is Paul Cezanne’s most famous art piece. First exhibited in 1906, this oil painting paved the way for future artists to break away from tradition, thus providing a bridge between Post-Impressionism and art movements of the 20th century.
“Discobolus” is a legendary Greek sculpture that was completed around 460–450 BC by famous Athenian sculptor Myron. The sculpture was also admired by the Romans, who made several copies of it before the original piece got lost. “Discobolus” also became the symbol of the Olympic Games.
Apollo and Daphne (Bernini)
“Apollo and Daphne” is a life-sized sculpture created by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini between 1622 and 1625. It shows a partially nude woman who tries to flee her pursuer. The sculpture shows the masterful craftsmanship of Bernini as he painstakingly recreates the climax of the Ovid’s famous story of Daphne and Phoebus.
The Night Watch (Rembrandt)
The masterpiece of renowned Dutch painter Rembrandt, “The Night Watch” is one of the most famous paintings of the 17th century. Completed in 1642, the painting depicts the night watch of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and his lieutenant, Willem van Ruytenburgh. The art piece is displayed in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Massacre of the Innocents (Rubens)
“Massacre of the Innocents” is a horrific depiction of the infanticide ordered by King Herod to prevent the prophesied new King of the Jews taking over the throne. Flemish Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens did two versions of the fable some 25 years apart. The first version (pictured above) was created between 1611 and 1612.
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