When we took field trips to museums and art galleries as youngsters, we might not have appreciated the beauty and history behind the pieces. As we’ve matured, we can comprehend and gaze in amazement at the most beautiful paintings curated at museums worldwide. If you want to travel around the world and see amazing pieces of art, add these museums to your bucket list.
The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci – Louvre Museum, Paris
The enigmatic Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconda, is a portrait painting by the Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci. This iconic piece, painted between 1503 and 1506, has been a prominent pop culture fixture for eons.
Part of the allure of this historical marvel is the subject’s mysterious smile and her unproven identity. The title Mona Lisa stems from the Italian term Monna Lisa, which translates to Lady Lisa.
Many scholars believe the woman in the painting is Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo. You can find the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum, Paris—despite what we saw in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery—where it continues to captivate millions of visitors.
Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh – Museum of Modern Art, New York
Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night is a mesmerizing amalgamation of emotion, color, and technique. Painted in 1889 from his room in the asylum at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, without the aid of any visual reference, Van Gogh managed to capture the nightly spectacle of the heavens with a dreamy brilliance infused with deep emotions.
Despite the painting’s genesis in personal turmoil, historians claim Starry Night as a pioneering work in the Symbolist movement. It deviates from the literal in favor of capturing the invisible through visible means. You can find Starry Night on display under the carefully curated lights in the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Scream by Edvard Munch – National Gallery, Oslo
Edvard Munch’s The Scream is one of the most iconic works in the annals of art history, symbolizing existential anxiety and despair. This masterpiece, created in 1893, reflects the inner turmoil and the sense of dread that was integral to Munch’s life.
The painting features an agonized figure against the backdrop of a bloody sky, its vibrant, swirling colors evoking a sense of chaos and disorder. Munch described The Scream as a “study of the soul, that is the study of my self.”
The Scream is on…