One of the highest honors for an artist is his works to be labeled as famous works of art and he is regarded as a master. Artists want to create artwork that will be remembered forever.
We want to tell you more about the famous works of art, information you probably did not know:
famous works of art – Mona Lisa
While some claim that Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous painting is a self portrait of the artist himself, disguised as a woman, research has concluded that it is probably the portrait of a woman member of a prominent Florentine family and wife of a rich silk merchant named Lisa Gherardini. Leonardo’s father allegedly knew Gherardini’s father very well, and the painting may have been commissioned by him.
famous works of art – the Lord’s Supper
Da Vinci’s other most famous work, which can be seen in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, is originally intended to contain the feet of Jesus. But in 1652, while a door was being installed in the refectory in which the picture was located, peasants cut in the lower center of the mural, chopping off Jesus’ feet exactly.
famous works of art – starry night
The small town pictured in Vincent van Gogh’s starry night is Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the south of France. Van Gogh painted the work while he was a patient at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy. Nowadays the hospital has a wing named after the painter.
famous works of art – Michelangelo’s David
The marble slab, which was finally turned into the sculpture of David by Michelangelo in 1504, was cut 43 years earlier for an artist named Agostino di Duccio, who planned it for a statue of Hercules. Di Duccio gave up his sculpture, which was originally to be installed in a Florentine cathedral, and the marble remained unused for 10 years until another sculptor named Antonio Rossellino decided to work with him. Rossellino has also left his job because he found it too difficult to shape the marble and finally Michelangelo began to work on his sculpture in 1501.
The creation of Adam
Michelangelo painted the fresco ceiling of the Sistine Chapel – including the most famous panel called “The Creation of Adam”, which shows how God gives life to the first human, standing still. The artist invented a series of scaffoldings specifically designed to clamp the chapel walls so that he and his assistants could work and paint close enough to the ceiling.
There are technically five different versions of Expressionists of Edvard Munch’s most famous work – the Scream. The first two from 1893 were made with tempera and chalk on cardboard and can be seen in the National Gallery in Oslo and the Munch Museum. The privately owned third version created in 1895 with pastels was recently sold for nearly $ 120 million at auction. Yet another version from 1895 is a black and white lithograph. A final version was made by Munch in 1910. This he did because of the popularity of the earlier incarnations, which are also in the Munch Museum. This made headlines in recent years, because the stolen in 2004 and was back in 2006 again.
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
Picasso’s abstract depiction of five prostitutes from Barcelona was considered immoral when it debuted in the artist’s studio in 1907. Picasso has made over 100 preliminary drawings and studies before putting his vision on the silver screen. Moreover, in earlier incarnations, the figure in the left corner was a man.
Although there are now dozens of casts of Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture “The Thinker” around the world, it had a rather unknown background. Rodin originally created a 70 cm version in 1880 as the central component in a larger sculptural work, called “The Gates of Hell”. The piece was inspired by Dante’s Inferno. The renamed sculpture was enlarged in 1888 and then exhibited as we know it today.
The girl with the pearl earring
Similar to the Mona Lisa, the subject of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring is highly controversial, but the most likely model for his painting is his daughter Maria.