Ever since its inception in caves, art has shaped human history since time immemorial. It gives us an insight into the life and times at the time of that artwork. However there are some that stand out in history as the most unique pieces of art in the entire world, and whose themes, concepts and hidden symbols are an active topic of discussion even today. Here are a few of such paintings.
The Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is painted after a French Noblewoman by the name Lisa del Giocondo by none other than the prestigious Leonardo Da Vinci himself. Although her real name only exists among the art students and quiz masters of today, it is so unique and draws attention to itself by the way it is painted. It shows a smiling woman, with sad eyes. Such ambiguity exists within a lot of Da Vinci’s works, but the lack of a proper backstory to Lisa’s life has paved way to her being remembered almost 7 centuries later.
Believed to be set in Oslo, Norway, the Scream is indeed a very intriguing picture. The ghoulish creature in the painting, according to artist Edward Munch, represents the ‘infinite scream of nature’ which he witnessed while on a walk in the evening, the red coloured sky triggering his thoughts.
Girl With A Pearl Earring
Also known as ‘The Mona Lisa of the North’, the Girl with the Pearl Earring is one of the most popular paintings of all time. Painted by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, and shows a girl wearing an orientatal head dress and an unusually large earring. It is so popular that there has been a movie made on the painting and its history.
Arrangement in Grey and Black No 1, often referred to by its colloquial name Whistler’s Mother, is an American painting believed to be drawn around the year 1817 by John McNiell Whistler. The subject of the painting is, in fact, Whistler’s Mother. It is an excellent representation of Whistler’s unique method of modulating single colours. It also holds value because it is the first American painting to be bought by the French State.
Portrait de L’Artiste Sans Barbe
Having a rather unattractive name, the Self Portrait without a Beard is in fact a self portrait of legendary painter Vincent van Gogh. Although he has drawn other self portraits, this one stands out among them because it shows him without a beard. Also having been sold at a staggering price of 71.5 million dollars in 1998, it has also gone down in history as one of the most expensive paintings ever sold.