Art is and has always been the height of man’s creativity. The ability to capture beauty and place it in still form for all to appreciate is perhaps one of the greatest achievements man has been able to aspire for. In this article, some of the greatest artworks of all time will be reviewed and a list of great pieces of art that are still very credible as to be among the best artworks 2016. Our list of artworks presented here come from art pieces on display in artworks gallery all over the world. Many of these pieces cost millions of dollars, with some costing hundreds of millions of dollar. It will, therefore, be a bit difficult to purchase them. However, you may want to visit the artworks gallery when any of these pictures are on display and get the best artworks 2016 experience while you are at it.
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10. Guernica by Picasso
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Guernica was painted in 1937 by the legendary Picasso, it is often regarded as the artist’s most famous work ever. The painting depicts a conceptualization of the horrors of war by drawing attention to the devastation of Guernica. One unique feature of the painting is its scale, the picture measures approximately 3 meters.
9. The Birth of Venus by Botticelli
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The Birth of Venus currently hangs in the artworks gallery in Uffizi, Florence. It was painted by the highly famed artist Botticelli and took all of three years to complete. It depicts the emergence or birth of the goddess Venus from the sea.
8. Inspiration of St. Matthew by Caravaggio
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Italian artist Caravaggio was commissioned by the church of San Luigi de Francesi to produce three painting for the church. While all three paintings were of great artistry and beauty, “Inspiration of St Matthew was Caravaggio’s masterpiece.
7. Pietà by Michelangelo
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Michelangelo is a renowned sculptor and painter who did most of his work for St. Peter Catholic Church in the late 15th century to early 16th century. The Pietà is a life-sized sculpture depicting Mary holding the dead body of Christ. It is regarded as one of the greatest artworks of all time, because of it realism, perfect symmetry and the fact that the entire sculpture was carved out from a single block of marble.
6. Jan Vermeer’s The Girl with a Pearl Earring
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Jan Vermeer was a little-known artist whose work in “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” made him gain recognition as a master artist. What makes “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” a masterpiece is its simplistic style and uncluttered execution. The painting is perfect in its depiction of the Baroque style. This is one painting that so good that it will definitely be on every best artworks 2016 list you see on the internet.
5. Cafe Terrace at Night by Vincent Van Gogh
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Vincent Van Gogh’s “Cafe Terrace at Night” makes number five on our list. The artwork is impressionist and it perfectly depicts the magical atmosphere of the French café scenery at night.
4. David by Michelangelo
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Another great sculpture by Michelangelo. The artwork piece is also on display at the St. Paul’s cathedral. The sculpture depicts King David and is a perfect representation of the beauty and symmetry of man’s physical form. The piece is regarded by many as Michelangelo’s true sculptural masterpiece a piece that took him years to achieve.
3. Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper
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Leonardo Da Vinci is regarded as one of the foremost Italian masters of his era. He was a scientist, artist and philosopher. His “Last Supper” painting currently hangs not in an artworks gallery, but at the convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan. The piece has been a great source of controversy because of the theory that the Da Vinci included a woman amongst the twelve apostles seated for the seen at the last supper table
2. Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo
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For four years, Michelangelo labored to produce what is considered by many experts to be one of the greatest artworks of all time; the “Sistine Chapel”. The magnitude and scale of the painting depicted on the ceiling of the Chapel are unlike anything done by a single artist before or after. The painting depicts the creation of Adam- the first of mankind- and his connection to his creator; God.
1. Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci
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Arguably the master artworks of all time, it is the best of the best and definitely the most famous art pieces in the world. Mona Lisa hangs in the largest artworks gallery in the world; the Louvre museum in Paris. It was painted between 1503 and 1506 by the master himself Da Vinci. The Mona Lisa is belied to be the portrait of a woman called Lisa Gherardini. This work of art is top on the list of best artworks 2016 as well as years before and probably after.
That is all on our list of best artworks 2016 who also happen to be the greatest artworks of all time. If you are an art-lover and have never seen at least one of these pieces, then you need to update your bucket list.