Art has long been used by people to let their thoughts be known to the world. Long before people learned to write, paintings and pictures were used by the people to convey information. “A picture is worth a thousand words” has probably become a cliché by now, but the meaning of this saying can be known after looking at a few works of art that we have no choice but to stare at for a long time.
Below is a list of 10 of the greatest works of art that the world has ever seen.
10. The Jewish Bride – Rembrandt
We don’t really know who the Jewish Bride exactly is, but we suspect this is a deliberate move by the artist. Regardless, just looking at the expressions given by the two people in the picture, we come to know just how much two people are capable of caring for each other.
9. The Girl with a Pearl Earring – Jan Veermeer
This portrait of a preteen girl somewhat reminds us of the Mona Lisa painting. There is just the right amount of innocence, purity and simplicity on the face of this young woman who is on the verge of womanhood.
8. Inspiration of St. Matthew – Caravaggio
Caravaggio was to come up with three works of art for the church of San Luigi deiFrancesi. The Inspiration of St. Matthew was one of those three paintings. The other two are known as the Martyrdom of St. Matthew and the Calling of St. Matthew.
7. Water Lilies – Claude Monet
Claude Monet was a great painter of scenes of nature quite a few of his works could be chosen for this position on this particular list, but his Water Lilies painting with the amounts of light and contrast, just makes the onlooker wish this place were real and a few moments could be spent on this heaven on Earth.
6. Ecstasy of St. Therese – Bernini
This is a sculpture of St. Therese, who is now thought to be far ahead of her time. She would often become absorbed in Divine contemplation and this piece of art is an expression of that.
5. Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh
Café life of France is thought to be the best in the world. What could be better than spending a night at an outdoor café in Paris on clear summer night? Looking at the painting, such an experience does look quite exciting.
4. Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo
This world-famous painting by an even more famous Michelangelo was completed in four years. An all the effort that has been put into it can be seen by looking at this scene from the Old Testament.
3. David – Michelangelo
A depiction of the perfect man by Michelangelo, this sculpture shows the beauty and grace that men possess.
2. Mona Lisa – Leonardo Da Vinci
The Mona Lisa is arguably one of the most famous paintings in the world. It is said that the imagination of humanity can reach great depths. The very capability of that same imagination is put to the test by this painting. That smile is the center of it all we just cannot guess the thoughts that could possibly be going on behind that subtle facial expression.
1. Pieta – Michelangelo
This is a depiction of Mother Mary holding her crucified son Jesus Christ. You can almost see the beauty and strong emotion seeping through the masterpiece. If you do not know what mother’s love means, take a look at this piece of art for a few minutes.