Monday, February 11, 2013

The Ten Most famous Masterpieces Ever by guest blogger Geoff Jackson

The Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci

The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in the first part of the 16th century. It is a portrait of a woman who is believed to have been Lisa Gherardini. Da Vinci used oils to create the masterpiece on a panel made of poplar. In the painting the subject is sat in front of a faint landscape in the background. The painting is famous for the indecipherable expression on the woman's face, which many scholars have debated the meaning of.

The Scream

The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream is a painting which features a figure with a screaming face in its forefront. It is an example of Expressionism and was painted by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in 1893. There are four different versions of this work with each created using a different medium, including oils, pastels and tempera. The original piece is currently displayed in the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway.

The Laughing Cavalier

The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals

The Laughing Cavalier is a portrait of an unknown man, who was believed to be in the military. It was painted in 1624 by the Dutch painter Frans Hals and is famous for the way in which the eyes of the subject appear to follow you in every direction. The image has been reproduced many times over the years and the original is now displayed as part of the Wallace Collection in London.


Guernica by Pablo Picasso

Guernica is a masterpiece by the artist Pablo Picasso. It was created in 1937 following the Spanish Civil War and depicts the aftermath of war. It appears to be a mass of figures and was painted in grey, black and white oils on a very large canvas. Guernica was taken all around the world on a tour, being displayed so as to bring the Civil War to everyone's attention.

The Hay Wain

The Hay Wain by John Constable

John Constable painted The Hay Wain in 1821. It is a landscape painting of the River Stour in Suffolk and depicts a hay wain being pulled across the river by two horses. There is a cottage to the left of the picture which is known to be located near Flatford Mill which was owned by Constables father. The Hay Wain is considered to be a British masterpiece and is currently displayed at the National Gallery in London.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a Dutch masterpiece by Johannes Vermeer. It was painted around the middle of the seventeenth century and features a girl with her hair pulled back from her face, wearing a pearl earring. The painting was created in oil on canvas and has been restored many times over the years. Girl with a Pearl Earring has also been represented in both literature and film, most notably the 2003 film starring Scarlet Johannson and Colin Firth.


Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh

Sunflowers is a series of paintings depicting sunflowers by the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. There are two groups of paintings in this series. The first group were painted in 1887 in Paris while the second set were created the following year in Arles. In the Paris paintings the sunflowers are lying on the ground, while in the second set the sunflowers are arranged in vases. Sunflowers were painted in oil and are currently displayed in the National Gallery in London.

Impression, Sunrise

Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet

Impression, Sunrise is an Impressionist painting by the French artist Claude Monet. It was painted in 1872 and was the primary work of the Impressionist movement. It is an oil landscape of the La Havre harbour in France. As was popular within this movement, the painting merely suggests the landscape using soft loose brush strokes. The painting was stolen in 1985 but was recovered and has been displayed in the Musee Marmatton Monet in Paris since 1991.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci

The Last Supper is a mural painting of the scene of Jesus and his disciples at the last supper. It was painted at the end of the fifteenth century by Leonardo Da Vinci as part of the renovations of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. It has been restored many times as well as being mentioned frequently in literature and film, most recently in the book and film adaptation “The Da Vinci Code”.

Whistler's Mother

Whistlers Mother by James McNeill Whistler

Whistler's Mother is an oil painting of a seated woman from a side view. It was painted by the American painter James McNeill Whistler in 1871. It was painted in grey, black and white and is one of the most famous works by an American artist. It was purchased in 1891 by the French state and is displayed at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

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  1. Charlotte LangstoneFebruary 13, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    I have The Scream as a large canvas in my living room and absolutely love it, though it does scare some folk!

  2. Leonardo will always attract seekers!
    Composer Mihail Afanasiev
    When I was in Paris 2005, I could not visit the Louvre. But the Louvre came with sound recording equipment, which were kindly provided by the French. Found the "Mona Lisa" and began recording background sound created numerous visitors who came to see the masterpiece. The logic was simple. Allow myself to be noted that any masterpiece has the property of highly structured information field. Man - this is also, at its basis, the field structure. There is a contact of two field structures – human and masterpiece. This is probably the power of art. The sounds published the people who were in the masterpiece (talk, the shuffling of feet, etc.) were very valuable to me, they were correlated associated with him. Subjecting these records complicated transformation process, I managed to get some incredible sound. Many are led into shock - these sounds there is a clear identification with the portrait of "Mona Lisa." Similar records I've made in the famous sculpture of Venus. As a result, based on these records, I had three works - "Knowledge", "Flow" and "Communication".
    MONA LISA_VENUS(Опыт работы с шедеврами) .avi

    Structure of presented video: sound background at Mona Lisa – result of transformational processing of a background, a sound background at Venus – result of transformational processing of a background, a work “Knowledge” fragment (the transformed sounds are used only).
    Full details can be found on my master class
    Academia of Music, Kishinev MOLDOVA
    (sorry, translated by google)