‘ A picture is a poem without words’ – Horace
Do you image world without any film, paintings, literature, music, fashion or any of the many other medium art exists through. The world would be meaningless without culture. Art is a form of communication without words.
Fashion and art are linked but in history, fashion has rarely been in the samee stature as painting, literature or music. Fashion is one of the best expressions of art. Porportion is a matter of architecture.
When I was studying fashion design in university, we had a history of art. It was my favorite class because it inspired me for create new cloth designs.
Paintings are an ancient medium which dating back as 40,000 years ago. Discovering paintings and meanings are an amazing experience. I live in Rome which is a city of art and I love to discover everything about art especially in Rome.
In today’s post I would like to share the best paintings of all time.
The Birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli (1484-1486)
In the centre, Goddess Venus stands nude in a giant scallop shell. The painting inspired by of writings of the poet Homer.
Where to see it: Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi ( Florencei Italy)
Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, between 1503 and 1506
It is considered masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance. The painting’s theme is still a mystery.
Where to see it: Louvre Museum
The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, 1508- 1512
It is a part of the Sistine Chaped ceiling which is considered one of the most iconic painting in art history.
Michelangelo broke the boundaries and he interpret Creation of Adame scene in his way.
Where to see it: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
The Garden of Love by Peter Paul Rubens, 1577
In this Baroque painting, a group of well dressed people in the style of the 17th century, picnicking in an idyllic garden. Their outfit represents their high class status and wealth.
Where to see it: Prado Museum Madrid, Spain
The Kiss by Francesco Hayes, 1859
Il bacio (The Kiss) is a romantic painting by Italian artist Francesco Hayez.
According to art historians the painting doesn’t represent just a kiss. It is an allegorical for the Resurgence (Risorgimento), the movement which led to the independence of Italy in 1870. The colors of the couple’s outfit – red, green, white and blue – correspond the national flags of Italy and France and stand for the two countriens unify during Second of War of Independence.
Period: Italian Romanticism
Where to See it: Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano
Sunrise by Claude Monet, 1872
The painting focuses on the effects of the sun on the sea. Monet used tones of blues and oranges. Orange represents sun, warmth and contrast with the blue which represents brisk morning.
Where to see it: Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris France
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurant, 1884
It is Georges Seurant’s the most famous and largest painting. The painting presents a people who are relaxing in a park on an island in the Seine River which is called La Grande Jatte.
Period: Neo- Impressionism
Where to see it: Art Institurw of Chicago, United States
The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889
The oil on canvas painting abstract landscape of an expressive night sky over a village. It is Vincent Van Gogh’s one of the most popular painting.
Period: Post – Impressionism
Where to see it: Museum of Modern Art, New York City
The Kiss, Gustav Klimt (1907-1908)
The painting is a symbol of love, passion and intimcay.
The beautiful painting presents an embracing couple concealed behing a large, shimmering golden cloak which is heavly embellished
Period: Vienna Secession
Where to see it: Upper Belvedere Museum (Vienna, Austria)
What is your favorite painting? Let me know below