The 5 most famous artworks in the world: do you know where they are?

Whether you are an art lover or not, there are works of art that you have surely heard of before. Painting, like sculpture and other artistic techniques, is something that transcends time and place; it is a constant in human history.

Perhaps it is because of the art’s ability to make an idea, concept or story immortal, or because it is basically a universal language, that human kind cannot do without. And the works of art, just like the human being, travel. Yeah, you got it right! Sometimes they even go around the world!

In this article we will find out where the 5 most famous works of art in the world are located, ready to travel with me?

World-famous artworks: two are found in Italy

Italy, in addition to being the country with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites and home to great architectural works and beautiful natural landscapes, has been a place of great artistic fervor, giving birth to some of the greatest painters in history. I could quote several, but today I want to bring attention to two works in particular, both of which have become, for different reasons, iconic and world-renowned. It is perhaps no coincidence that we find them enshrined in two cities that are poles of Italian culture: Florence and Milan.

  1. In Florence, in the Uffizi Gallery, we find Sandro Botticelli’s masterful work “The Birth of Venus,” also known as “Botticelli’s Venus.” An unforgettable Renaissance work.
  2. In contrast, a much more recent work is in Milan, where, after being moved several times, it finally found a home in the Gallery of Modern Art in July 2022; it is the “The Fourth State” by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, dated 1901, but begun, through sketches and preliminary versions, in 1891. This work is so well known that it has often been used as a reference or quotation in other areas (one example is the explicit reference to the painting featured in a scene in the last film of the Hunger Games trilogy).

Art around the world: where to find the best known works?

We expand the boundaries of our artistic journey and begin to look further afield. Below you will find some of the most well-known artworks. I am sure you are familiar with at least one on the list!

3. In Boston, in the Museum of Fine Arts, we find a work symbolic of human existence, as it encapsulates the questions that have always accompanied Man: I am talking about the painting “Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?” by Paul Gauguin.

4. It is then the turn to unveil the home of a work with a troubled history: created in several versions, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” came to life in its final draft in 1910 and to this day is in Oslo, in the National Gallery. This canva is so famous that it was stolen twice, making some restoration work necessary before it could be displayed again where it can be seen today.

5. To find a decidedly more romantic work of art, we must travel to Vienna, to the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, where we can find Gustav Klimt’s world-famous”The Kiss,” which has become the symbol of numerous declarations of love even today.

I know, I said we would see five, but there is still one work that needs to be talked about, at least because it really is the best known in the world. I’m talking about her:

6. “The Mona Lisa,” by Leonardo Da Vinci, kept at the Louvre Museum in Paris, where it receives daily visits from thousands and thousands of people, art lovers or just curious eyes. It is a work that cannot be missed on the list of the artworks to see at least once in a lifetime.

And you, which of these have you been able to admire in person? Let me know if you liked the article and if you would like to find out where the world’s 5 most famous sculptures are kept!

You can tell me about your experience in the comments!


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