We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what about when that picture is created by one of the most famous and renowned painters in history? Even more so, what if we told you that some of those paintings are actually quite cool? Join us as we take a look at ten of the coolest paintings ever created by famous artists.
10 Cool Paintings
1. The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali: This painting by the famous Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dali is probably one of the most recognizable in all of art history. Painted in 1931, The Persistence of Memory features melting clocks in a landscape that appears to be melting as well. It’s a fascinating and eerie painting that has captivated viewers for generations.
2. American Gothic by Grant Wood: This painting by American Regionalist painter Grant Wood is one of the most famous and parodied works of American art. Painted in 1930, it features a dour-faced couple standing in front of a farmhouse. Wood was inspired to paint American Gothic after seeing the farmhouse while driving through Iowa.
3. The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer: This painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer is one of the most famous portraits in the world. Painted in 1665, it features a young girl wearing a blue headscarf with a pearl earring. The mysterious girl’s identity has never been definitively determined, but that doesn’t stop people from speculating.
4. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci: This painting by the Italian Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci is probably the most famous painting in the world. Painted sometime between 1503 and 1519, the Mona Lisa features a portrait of a woman whose identity is also unknown. The painting is famous for its enigmatic smile and the mysterious circumstances surrounding its creation.
5. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci: This painting by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous religious paintings in the world. Painted between 1495 and 1498, it depicts the scene of Jesus’ final meal with his disciples before his crucifixion. The painting is massive, measuring over 15 feet wide and 29 feet tall.
6. The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh: This painting by Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh is one of the most recognizable in all of art history. Painted in 1889, The Starry Night features a swirling night sky above a small town. Van Gogh painted The Starry Night while he was in an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France.
7. The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo: This painting is a fresco painting by Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo, and it is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Painted between 1511 and 1512, it depicts the biblical scene of God creating Adam. The painting is located on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City.
8. Guernica by Pablo Picasso: This painting by Spanish Cubist painter Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous paintings of the 20th century. Painted in 1937, it depicts the bombing of Guernica, a Basque town in Spain, by Nazi Germany during the Spanish Civil War. The painting is massive, measuring over 25 feet wide and 11 feet tall.
9. Nighthawks by Edward Hopper: This painting by American painter Edward Hopper is one of the most famous paintings of urban life in the United States. Painted in 1942, it depicts three people sitting in a diner late at night. The painting has been described as “a portrait of loneliness and urban isolation.”
10. Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze: This painting by German-American painter Emanuel Leutze is one of the most famous paintings of the American Revolution. Painted in 1851, it depicts George Washington leading his troops across the Delaware River to attack the British in Trenton, New Jersey. The painting is over 12 feet wide and 21 feet tall.
These are just a few of the most famous paintings in the world. There are many, many more out there waiting to be discovered. So get out there and start exploring the world of art!