Works of art still baffle us up to date especially those done in the Stone Age era. We wonder how the men and women behind the drawings were able to formulate certain message and draw them out perfectly. Some of the famous paintings give us history of the ancient world and we rely on them solely because there were no video and photo recorders or writing back then. Today, we will dive into the top ten antique paintings of all time so read through and find out which ones made it on the list.
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10. Chauvet Cave Paintings (c 30,000 years ago)
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This painting is still relevant to date but sadly, we have no idea who this cave artist was because there was no writing at the time the painting was drawn out. It is among antique oil paintings beautifully drawn to portray life like animals hanging out in a cave.
9. One: Number 31, 1950- Jackson Pollock (c1950)
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This is one of the modern famous paintings done by the well-known artist Jackson Pollock. Generally, Jackson’s drawing skill is a mystery to the world but in this painting, the feeling is more intense. It is an elegant and inner structure that almost looks like a genuine photograph. Simply brilliant!
8. Las Meninas – Velazquez (c1656)
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Velazquez killed it in this work of art placed in the category of antique paintings. He assumes a position of a king or queen standing before a number of people and observing them. Part of the gathering includes the infants and her maids (meninas) plus some dwarf entertainers, all gathered before the monarch. A messenger or minister stands at the door and in a bright mirror the royal reflection glows. How Velazquez took a piece of paper and drew one of the great antique oil paintings may never be well understood.
7. Night Watch – Rembrandt van Rijn (c1642)
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During the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt van Rijn sat down and drew one of the famous paintings in the history of time. The Night Watch, completed in 1642 portrays a city guard going out led by Captain Frans Banning Cocq together with his lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch. Unfortunately, the dark coating of the painting gave the wrong impression that the scene was set at night but thankfully, the varnish was removed in the 1940s.
6. The Fetus in the Womb – Leonardo da Vinci (c1510-1513)
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Five hundred years ago, Leonardo da Vinci brought out the beginning of humanity in a single piece of art. He did it so well in this painting which resembles a horse chestnut casing. We still wonder how this biologically sound work of art could have been done so clearly and beautifully.
5. The Last Supper – Leonardo da Vinci (1495-1498)
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Leonardo’s antique paintings are exquisite to say the least. The background of The Last Supper painting depicts the dining hall at the Santa Mari delle Grazie monastery in Milan, Italy. The scene represented is the Last Supper at the time Jesus wad dining with his 12 disciples the night before he was crucified. There have been a lot of controversies as to the identity of the person seated at the left of Jesus. Some say it is Mary Magdalene while some say it is John the Apostle.
4. The Beheading of Saint Jonh the Baptist – Caravaggio (c1608)
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Remember the story of John the Baptist, the manner in which he was beheaded mercilessly? Well, this painting captures that moment in a simple and clear way. The executioner is seen to draw the knife ready to pierce into John’s neck. Another character watches the murderous moment through a barred window of the prison. Without doubt, this is one of the antique oil paintings that will always be remembered by all humanity.
3. The Creation of Adam – Michelangelo (c1508-1512)
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As the title suggests, this masterpiece located at the Sistine Chapel ceiling portrays the story of creation according to the Bible. The ceiling is located at the Vatican in Rome and it is among the world’s famous paintings commissioned by Pope Julius II. The painting has nine scenes all extracted from the Book of Genesis. One of the last pieces is the scene where God breathes life into Adam’s lungs.
2. Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli (c1485-1487)
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The second position in the list of antique oil paintings goes to Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. The painting shows the goddess Venus (also known in Greece as Aphrodite) appearing from the sea standing on a shell as read in the myth describing her birth. We still don’t know where the original location or the commissioner of the painting is but we agree, it is among the famous works of art in the world.
1. Mona Lisa Leonardo da Vinci (c1504-1519)
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Mona Lisa is the mother of all famous paintings. It is one of the 15th century antique paintings drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, again. This was his last painting which he completed shortly before his death in 1519. This work of art centered on Lisa del Giocondo, one of the members of the rich Florence family. In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, a famous louvre employee stole the painting saying it needed to go back to Italy but he was later captured as he tried to sell it to Ufizi Gallery directors. Today, it is among the antique oil paintings in Paris where people see it every year.
That is where we conclude our list of the top antique paintings in the history of time. Thank you for reading through; please find time to read the other interesting articles on this website.