A Tour of World Famous Paintings, Flickr: edwin.11

The Mona Lisa


Vacations are a time to build upon memories that you can cherish for the rest of your life. But your travels should not just take you to that particular city’s best burger joint (although we love a good burger) or tacky souvenir shop. A vacation should also be a time to check out culture and to learn about history through various famous works. Whether or not you are an art lover, these paintings are sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime.

Mona Lisa: The 16th century portrait painted in oil on a popular panel by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance is perhaps the most famous and iconic painting in the world. If you have your flight to Paris taken care of, then include the Musee du Louvre in your itinerary. Once there you will be able to catch a glimpse of this iconic painting. The ambiguity of the portrait’s expression and illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the painting’s continuing fascination.

Last Supper: The Last Supper is another masterpiece creation of Da Vinci. This time you would need to book a flight to Milan and visit Santa Maria della Grazie church. Leonardo’s Last Supper is Italy’s most famous painting and is also one of Italy’s most visited. Along with Mona Lisa, this is perhaps one of the most discussed and reproduced paintings of all time. Stopping by to check out the Last Supper is a “Must See” on most well informed traveler’s lis

Water Lilies: Water Lilies is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of Monet’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. The paintings are on display at museums all over the world, but visitors to the “City of Lights”, aka Paris, should visit Musee de l’Orangerie, which is the permanent home for eight water lily murals by Mone

The Sistine Chapel: The Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 and is one of the most renowned artworks of the High Renaissance. The paintings depict nine stories from the Christian Bible’s Book of Genesis, including the most famous image, the Creation of Adam. A trip to the Vatican City will give you an entry to the Sistine Chapel where
you can the masterpiece creation of Michelangelo. But put away those cameras, because photography is strictly prohibited.

Enjoy the masterpieces!!


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One Response

  1. Mike

    Great selection of art that is definitely all a must see for travelers. I did not like that you could not take a pic at the Sistine Chapel. Also the mirror Mona Lisa is behind makes it impossible to get a clear shot.

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