Top 10 Art Pieces

By Karimar Gatica

Art has long since been a mode of cultural statements that have helped us navigate the aesthetic history, if you will, of different times and places. It has the ability to captivate the masses as it is a universal language of expression, but among the thousands upon thousands of art pieces created across the millenniums, some stand out for how well they do just that.


  1. La Primavera (e. 1477-1482)

This artwork was painted by Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli and in its creation has delved up numerous theories about the context behind this beloved piece. The most accepted theory about this long-perplexing painting is that Botticelli is portraying the realm of the goddess Venus presiding over her mythical garden during springtime. To her left is the god Mercury along with the angelic Three Graces and on the right Zephyrus (blue dressed woman) is seen hugging the goddess Flora, the facilitator of spring. In the middle, Venus represents “Humanitas”, whom protects men and is also the main focal point of the piece.


  1. The Kiss (1907-1908)

Gustav Klimt’s most popular work “The Kiss” is made up out of perfect squares and shapes throughout the portrait. This masterpiece is depicted with oil combined with the gilding technique referred to as “Gold Leaf”, or gold that has been hammered into thin sheets by goldbeating. The incorporation of this “Gold Leaf” gives the portrait a lustrous finish while satisfying the eye with the symmetry of the shapes and with its creation, Klimt effectively contributed the art form of Art Nouveau based around linear designs and flowing curves.


3. Portrait of Dora Maar (1937)

A creative masterpiece from the glorious Spanish painter and cubism-extraordinaire, Pablo Picasso once again can never hurt. In this particular canvas, Pablo is highlighting the different perspectives of a face, in one portrait, possibly symbolizing the different perspectives humans hold.  


4. The Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665)

“The Girl with a Pearl Earring”, was painted by 17th-century dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. This artwork was not meant to be a portrait, and doesn’t fit into a particular artistic time period at its release. Nevertheless, it is still noted for its elegance as it shows a lady dressed in an exotic dress and the large pearl earring hanging from her ear only adds to the glamour.


5. The Dance Lesson (1879)

“The Dance Lesson”, a beautiful painting drawn by the impressionism creator Edgar Degas. This illustration is now kept at The National Gallery Of Art. Artist Edgar has illustrated numerous canvases depicting ballerina classes including “The Dance Class” throughout his career, but this particular one really catalyzed his fascination. To the far left is a double bass being sat on by an upset or exhausted ballerina dressed with a bright orange shirt. Moving to the centre of the picture, there is a ballerina in a pink shawl sitting comfortably in a chair in contrast and is accompanied by a fellow ballerina in a pink shawl with her back turned adjusting the blue coloured sash of her own dress, seemingly unaware to the class in session in the background.


6. The Black Rocks at Trouville (e. 1865-1866)

The Gustave Courbet oil canvas, “The Black Rocks At Trouville” flaunts an accurate illustration of a sunset afternoon. From Gray fluffy clouds, translating into a light into a lighter pink to the clear water reflection of the descriptive sky, this picture perfectly encapsulates a dreamy, sunny afternoon. At the same time, throughout the canvas is a light blue sky being stolen by from the clouds, once again showing a theme of diffusion by going from darker to lighter again.


7. Young Lady In A Boat (1870)

James Tissot, creator of a beautiful woman sitting in a boat.. The viewer can see a theme of realism as the young lady has her hands on her jawline with her cheeks red confirming she’s not entertained (#sorelatable). The woman is also parading a white laced gown and white formal hat, hinting at her wealth, while at the stern of boat lays a dog looking firm toward the lagoon and green shrubbery surrounding it.


8. The Scream (1893)

“The Scream” is part of the expressionist series paintings in Edvard Munch’s career in 1893-1910. Displaying a blood red sky, the background is Oslofjord, viewed from the hill of Ekeberg in Oslo. But the focal point of the piece is centered around a figure standing on a bridge screaming with hands on the side of its face, with its back facing the sensational dark red sky.


9. Guernica (1937)

Guernica is a most simply put, a masterpiece. As one of Pablo Picasso’s best compositions, there have been many reasons floating around about the reason behind its eccentric creation, but the most accepted theory is that it’s based on the bombing in Basque town of Guernica by German bombers, who were supporting National Forces of General Franco throughout The Spanish War. Since Picasso was deeply affected by said war, he often used it as inspiration and this piece is a perfect example of this inspiration in action.


10. Sistine Chapel (e.1508-1512)

Arguably one of the most famous art displays of all time, this detailed interpretation by Michelangelo Buonarroti highlighted his perspective toward both God and the human brain, and thus the conflicting battle of idealism v. realism. Specifically, the last panel shown above, “The Light from Darkness” has been recognized as a look at the brain, spinal cord, and brainstem of God.

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