The Nightwatch, Rembrandt van Rijn

The Nightwatch
Art means different things to different people, and it can be difficult to categorize what “good” art is, or whether something is art at all. While not everyone agrees o­n what makes a “good” painting, for instance, there are some paintings that have had more of an impact o­n the art world than others. Here is a list of five of the most famous paintings displayed in museums today.

The Mona Lisa tops the list of the world’s most famous paintings. The main reason, some people believe, is because of the painting’s mystery. People often wonder who the woman in the painting was, how the artist Leonardo Da Vinci knew her, why he decided to paint her, and the reason behind her barely-noticeable smile. It can be found in The Louvre in Paris.

Pablo Picasso’s Guernica is probably his most famous work. It was painted in 1937 and showcases his cubist style of painting. The subject of the painting is an incident that occurred during the Spanish Civil War in which the town of Guernica, Spain, was bombed. It is meant to be Picasso’s commentary o­n war. It is displayed in the Reina Sofia Gallery in Madrid, Spain.

Starry Night is the most famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh. It is commonly known as the scene that Van Gogh saw from his sanitarium window. Many people have tried to interpret the meaning of the painting even though the artist himself never spoke about it in any detail. It was painted in 1889 and is displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The Night Watch, painted by Rembrandt Van Rijn in 1642, is famous because of its size and the technique that Rembrandt used to create a sense of motion within the work. It is displayed in the Riijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali is a signature work of the surrealist style. It was painted in 1931 and is known for its dreamlike quality and bizarre imagery such as clocks that appear to be melting. This painting is displayed in the Museum of Modern Art.