AWSUSA Poll: The Top 10 Paintings Of All Time

Apr 2, 14

At AWSUSA, we have always appreciated art. We work with some of the best clients from the promotional industry to deliver artwork solutions that boost their business significantly. Recently, we decided to have a poll among ourselves to determine the best paintings of all time. The results are out and in the open for all to see. Here is our choice for the top 10 paintings of all time:

#10: Edvard Munch – The Scream (1893)


Norwegian artist Edvard Munch drew a series of paintings with an agonizing figure in distress. In all of them, the background was a bloody red sky. The most famous Scream painting is probably the one that was stolen and recovered in 1994 from the National Gallery of Norway. Another painting went missing in 2004 from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. It was found later in 2006.

#9: Henri Rousseau – Sleeping Gypsy (1897)


This oil painting by Henri Rousseau depicts a lion near a sleeping woman on a full-moon night. This beautiful painting has inspired several poems and music and is currently housed in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

#8: Van Gogh – Potato Eaters (1885)


This oil painting by Vincent van Gogh is currently house in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Gogh had made several versions of this painting. For this painting, Gogh chose unattractive peasants to depict the way they lived their lives.

#7: Van Eyck: Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife (1434)


Giovanni Arnolfini was an Italian merchant who lived several hundred years ago. In this picture, he is depicted with his wife at their home in Bruges. Currently showcased at the National Gallery, London, this painting is considered to be among the complex for its intricate iconography.

#6: Johannes Vermeer – Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665)


Currently housed in the Mauritshuis gallery in the Hague, this painting uses a subtle color scheme to place focus on the girl’s gaze towards the viewer. The pearl earring is another point of attraction. However, there is no clue about the identity of the girl in the painting.

#5: Michelangelo – Creation of Adam (1508-1512)


Starting in 1508 and continuing till 1512, Michaelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling at the behest of Pope Julius 2. At the center are 9 scenes from the book of Genesis – all paintings of excellence. The most popular among these is of course the Creation Of Adam.

#4: Leonardo da Vinci – The Last Supper (1494-1498)


This 15th century painting by da Vinci is easily one of his most recognizable paintings. The scene depicts the confusion on the face of the disciples when Jesus Christ declares one among them will betray him. Currently housed at the Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan.

#3: Raphael – Transfiguration (1516–20)


This masterpiece depicts the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Commissioned by Pope Clement VII, the painting was first displayed as an altar piece at the Narbonne Cathedral, France. It is now showcased in the Pinacoteca Vaticana in Vatican City.

#2: Pablo Picasso – Guernica (1937)

6No list on paintings is complete without a mention of Pablo Picasso. This masterpiece depicts the bombing of Guernica, a village in northern Spain. It depicts suffering and the futility of war.

#1: Leonardo da Vinci – Mona Lisa (1503–1517)

Easily the most recognized painting ever, the Mona Lisa captures our attention with her enigmatic smile. For hundreds of years, several researchers embarked on a mission to reveal the identity of the woman in the painting. But they met with no success.

Hope you liked our list of paintings! Are there any in your list that’s not featured here? Let us know.

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