The art lovers are spending million dollars to buy the most desired art works each year throughout the world. But these paintings which are very expensive are the replicas of the original ones… The well-known works of famous painters are protected by the most famous museums and they are priceless. So, where do they exhibit these most famous paintings of all times? Here you will find some of them:
Monet’s Water Lilies
This is one of the four works about water lilies and is the most prominent work among Monet’s most perfect pieces. It was completed and signed in 1919 by Monet and offered for sale. Monet has many incomplete works and some of the completed works were revealed for sales. Monet stated in a letter that he was not satisfied with his works and he always created his works with patience. This work, which is known as one of the most valued works of Monet, is being exhibited in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Arts.
This work was completed in 1642 and is among the most significant works of the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn. It is also one of the most important works among those created in 17. century. It depicts a military company including Captain Frans Banning Cocq, Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburgh and 16 people around them. The original name is known as “The Company Of FransBanning Cocg and Willem van Ruytenburch”, and people had a wrong impression about its name because the work’s worn spots were covered with varnish in a careless way. This work of Rembrandt van Rijn is exhibited in Amsterdam, at Rijksmuesum.
Norwegian artist Edvard Munch created this work in 1893 year. A series of expressionism, “The Scream”, also shows us how a sad mood can be depicted. Edvard Munch re-created multiple versions of the Scream painting for various mediums. One of them is exhibited in Oslo, at National Gallery. This painting was stolen in 1994 and put into its place after being found months later. Another version was stolen in 2004 from Munch Museum but took its place in the museum again in 2006.
The Girl With A Pearl Earring
Called as “Dutch Mona Lisa” from time to time, the Girl With A Pearl Earring was painted by Johannes Vermeer in 1665. It is called “Tronie” by the artists, as it is not exactly a portrait but shows an expression of the person at that moment. This painting, which was created in 1665, has the properties of a historical artifact to a great extent. Tracy Chevalier contributed greatly in transforming this painting into a novel. The movie of “The Girl With A Pearl Earring” was created in 2003 based on the novel and Scarlett Johansson had the leading role. This painting is exhibited at Mauritshuis Museum in Amsterdam/Netherlands.
Guernica, one of the most famous works of Picasso, was created in 1937. It emphasizes the tragedies that occurred during the Second World War and the feelings of the innocent civilians in pain. Picasso’s main purpose was to draw the world’s attention to the merciless events that took place in Guernica’s Basque town, which was bombed by German bombers. This painting, which was completed in 1937 year’s June month, can today be seen in Madrid, at Museo Reina Sofía.
The Creation of Adam
This work was created by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 years on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel. This ceiling is in a big church built in Rome – Vatican. The decorative painting at the center of the ceiling depicts the first book of Bible, “Genesis” in 9 episodes. “The Creation of Adam”, known as the most famous painting of all times, had countless imitations and parodies.
The Last Supper
“The Last Supper” painting was created by famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci in 15. century in Milan, as a wall painting. This work is called as the masterpiece of Leonardo Da Vinci, and depicts the supper durign which the Christ declared one of the 12 apostles betrayed him. Leonardo began to work for this painting in 1495 and completed it in 1498. Some authors think the person who sits on the left side of Christ is not “John the Apostle” but Mary. This theory was also used as the subject of the book “The Templar Reveletion” published in 1997 and as the main theme of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” book that was published in 2003. This painting is exhibited in Milano at “Santa Maria delle Grazie”.
The Starry Night
The painting called “The Starry Night” was created by Vincent Van Gogh. Although only one painting was sold during the time Van Gogh lived, he had great successes afterwards. The Starry Night, one of the most famous paintings of Van Gogh, is also among the most significant and well-known works of the modern culture. This painting took its place in the permanent collection started to be exhibited in New York, Museum of Modern Arts in 1941. The painting depicts the appearance of the houses of Saint-Remy town, during a stormy weather, from northern facade.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s most widely known work “Mona Lisa” was created in Florence, during the Renaissance period. Although no official date is known about the beginning date, its is thought Da Vinci started to work on it in 1503 or 1504. Da Vinci put great effort during the creation stage and completed it in 1519, a short time before his death. This painting is also called as “Lisa Del Giocondo”. A worker of Louvre Museum stole this painting in 1911. The painting was kept in his apartment for two years and he was caught when he was trying to sell it to the manager of Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Today the painting is still exhibited at Louvre Museum and the “Mona Lisa” painting is visited by 6 million visitors each year.