Top 6 World-Famous Paintings of All Time

Among the millions of art painting works made and exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, very few of them stand the test of time and create history. Such paintings get very popular and are instantly recognizable by everyone and will continue to leave impression on people’s minds for centuries to come. This kind of world-famous paintings are usually owned by museums and these art pieces are literally priceless. Here’s a list of the top 6 paintings that have been all-time favorites.


Mona Lisa

There’s no doubt that Mona Lisa would sweep away with the first place in any listing of top paintings – this is the most popular painting of all times. Painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, this painting is exhibited in Louvre Museum, Paris and is seen by almost six million people each year.

The Last Supper

This fifteenth century mural painting in Milan, again a work of art by Leonardo a Vinci, covers the Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery’s dining hall back wall. The Last Supper illustrates the respective scene when Jesus proclaims that one among his 12 Apostles would deceive him.

Creation of Adam

Canvas painting is a difficult work, but Michelangelo stepped ahead and anted the world’s painters by creating one of the best world paintings on the ceilings and walls of a building. Michelangelo painted the ceiling of Vatican’s Sistine Chapel decorating it with the 9 scenes taken from the Book of Genesis. The extravagant masterpiece of this creation is the scene where God breathes life into the earth’s first man – Adam.

Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh, the famous Dutch artist’s creation Starry Night is one of the most well known paintings in modern culture. The art work depicts Saint-Remy village beneath a beautiful whirling sky in a sight from asylum in the north. This painting has been a part of Museum of Modern Art’s (New York) permanent collection.

The Scream

The Scream by Edvard Munch is a frightening, but very famous painting that’s exhibited at Norway’s The National Gallery. This series of expressionist prints and paintings by the Norwegian artist shows a painful silhouette against blood red sky. The scenario in the backdrop is Oslofjord seen from Ekeberg hill in Oslo. Munch made many versions of the painting in several media.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Regarded to be ‘the Mona Lisa of the North’ or ‘the Dutch Mona Lisa’, this gorgeous painting by Johannes Vermeer, the famous Dutch artist features a girl with a pearl earring. This artwork is on display at Netherlands’ Mauritshuis Gallery.

These are some of the painting works that went on to be the most famous art works in the world. A kind of enigma and charm behind each of them is what has made them so popular.