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Ten Seminal Works of Art
Art is adept at capturing and conveying a moment, concept, individual or scene without words. Revered throughout history, certain works have amassed a cult-like following. And for good reason. Whether abstract or more literal, some artists are capable of touching the deepest reaches of our souls, sometimes without us even realizing it. Dual Show has put together a list of some of the most heralded pieces of all time and why we believe they are worth experiencing in person.
Venus De Milo–Alexandros of Antioch: One of the most famous ancient Greek sculptures, the Venus De Milo is a beautiful image of the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. Made completely of marble, this larger-than-life statue was celebrated by artists, critics and fans alike for its grace, beauty and overall perfect capture of femininity. It can now be found in the Louvre Museum in Paris. If ever given the chance, we definitely recommend seeing this statue in person.
Mona Lisa–Leonardo da Vinci: Perhaps one of the most alluded to pieces of art in the world is the Mona Lisa painted by the great Leonardo da Vinci. This particular piece has been studied and critiqued over time and, with so much history, you would have to be living in the deep depths of the earth not to have heard of it. From theft, scrutiny and speculation, it has caused quite a stir and will continue to do so. The subtle and vague expression on the lady’s face, as well as the paramount composition of this painting, means that this work of art is definitely one that has to be seen live to be appreciated. It can also be found in the Paris’ Louvre.
The Starry Night–Vincent van Gogh: Vincent van Gogh’s painting of a starlit sky outside his window is certainly a work of art. With the shades of blue and yellow, this image of landscape evokes a serenity for viewers. Interestingly enough, it has been said that van Gogh wasn’t a big fan of his work. However, we beg to differ. Go check it out at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
American Gothic–Grant Wood: This stoic pair has become one of the most recognizable in history. Painted by Grant Wood in 1930, it depicts a farmer and his daughter in traditional colonial clothing of the 19th century. Both representing the conventional roles of men and women, it was well received by critics for Grant’s portrayal but was negatively viewed by those who felt it painted Iowans in a bad light. Parodied to this day, this timeless piece can be found in The Art Institute in Chicago.
The Last Supper–Leonardo da Vinci: Leonardo da Vinci’s representation of Jesus and his 12 disciples at the last supper as he reveals who will betray him is one painting that is easily recognized and placed in time. One of the greatest depictions ever, da Vinci’s painting has faced many hardships, like deterioration, damage from the bombing during World War II and intense speculation on percieved hidden messages within the painting. Throughout all of this, however, da Vinci’s painting continues to be one of the most talked about in the world. It can be found in Milan, in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Girl With a Pearl Earring–Johannes Vermeer: With a classic and elegant piece of jewelry as the focal point of the painting, Vermeer’s painting is a hauntingly beautiful piece. It has even been dubbed “The Dutch Mona Lisa.” With such a simple subject, it is easy to write it off at first glance. But take a closer look and you will find the beauty and grace of this piece. This painting can be found in the Mauritshuis Gallery in The Hague.
David–Michelangelo: You can’t have a list of seminal art without including the infamous David. Michelangelo’s sculpture is one of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance era. Standing at 17 feet high, this marble statue depicts a standing male nude. It is, in fact, a representation of the biblical hero David, which became a picture of the strength of the Florentine Republic. This sculpture has also been seen everywhere, through parodies and imitations. It can now be seen in the Accademia Gallery in Florence.
The Scream–Edvard Munch: Just one look at this painting and you can almost hear the agonizing scream coming from the figure. Edvard Munch’s inspiration came from simply walking on a path as the sky began to turn red, and he imagined a powerful scream passing through nature. Thus, The Scream was born. It can be found in The Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.
The Creation of Adam–Michelangelo: This particular section of Michelangelo’s painting of The Sistine Chapel ceiling depicts the hand of Adam reaching out to the hand of God. This image has been recreated throughout time; representing the constant chase after a higher being, it continues to be heralded as one of the greatest masterpieces of all time. No wonder, then, that It has become one of the most imitated religious images in the world. This can be found in The Sistine Chapel in The Vatican.
The Birth of Venus–Sandro Botticelli: This painting shows the goddess Venus being born as a mature woman, arriving at the sea’s shore. Painted by Sandro Botticelli, this beautiful painting’s composition is brilliantly complex with the colors and combining landscapes. It is held in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.