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Top 5 Greatest Works of Fine Art

Art has been one of the oldest forms of expression used by mankind as is evident from the sketches and paintings found etched on the walls of caves by our nomad ancestors. Mankind has always appreciated art and all it takes is going through the following compilation of some of the greatest works to understand why this artistic form has endured through centuries. Thanks to Debbie from divorcedebbie.com for creating her list of 5 greatest works of fine art.

Mona Lisa – Gracing the arcades of the famous Louvre Museum in Paris is the painting of Mona Lisa which never fails to impress. Created by Leonardo da Vinci during the 16th century, it portrays an enigmatic smile of a woman named Lisa Gherardini and carries a depth which never fails to stir the deepest of human emotions.

Legend has it that da Vinci spent a considerable length of time working on this canvas and used to carry it around with him to add a touch as and when the idea occurred to him. His hard work is indeed evident from the attention that this work of art has received since its creation with numerous interpretations being presented to explain the smile.

David – At Academia Gallery in Florence, you cannot but help admire the sculpture of David, a biblical hero, as sculpted by Michelangelo from marble. Created during the earliest years of the 16th century, it is an epitome of artistry courtesy of celebrating a man’s physique in all its glory, namely grace, strength and tenacity.

Guernica – Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid is home to Guernica, a painting made during these contemporary times, circa 1937, by Picasso. It is a commemoration of bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by Germans during the Second World War and is eloquent in its depiction of tragedy that followed.

Many revelers of art believe that Picasso was at the zenith of his talent when he decided to portray human suffering as had been witnessed at this town. Therefore, this creation is an outcome of mythological, historical and poetical aspects rolled into one.

Pieta – What could be more heart-rending than a sight of a mother holding on to her crucified son? Observing dead bodies as a teenager inspired Michelangelo to create a life-size sculpture depicting an emotive concept, namely a mother’s unflinching love for her child. Key figures in this elegant yet deeply poignant representation are Mother Mary and Lord Jesus and what strikes the most about it is the realism with which it has been carved.

Ever since its completion in 1500, Michelangelo wanted it to be established within the walls of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and this is where it rests till this day.

Venus De Milo – One of the oldest sculptures in the world, Venus De Milo is a representation of Greek Goddess Aphrodite in marble. Dated as having been carved between 100 and 130 BC, this depiction of the Goddess of Love and beauty in Greek culture was uncovered in 1820 in a farm field on the island of Milos. Having been identified as a classic piece of art, it was then acquired by France and exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris which has been its home ever since.