Monthly Archives: Jul 2020

The Sistine Chapel: 10 Famous Paintings You Should Know

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel, what is so special about the chapel? When I was 18, I visited the Sistine Chapel and it was an amazing experience. When I went outside there were two Australian girls, and they walked up to me and with a strong accent asked ‘what makes this painting so special?’. Now, everything inside […]

10 Famous Paintings You Should Know: 9 Las Meninas By Velasquez

Las Meninas

How did this painting change the world of painting? Well this painting is quite an insane painting and it really, really changed painting and this is why it’s so important. Usually oil painting would be of a royalty, a king, queen or kaiser or another royal person. Usually it was someone standing on their own […]

10 Famous Paintings You Should Know: No 8, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli.

The Birth of venus

What do I need to know about the Renaissance? Botticelli is probably one of the most famous Renaissance artists, it’s important to know the great Renaissance artists and the order that they came in. We’ve got early Renaissance, middle Renaissance, high Renaissance, and it’s important to know where you are in the Renaissance because the […]

10 Famous Paintings You Should Know: 7 Girl with the Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

girl with the pearl earring

Why is this amazing painting so famous?  The Girl with the Pearl Earring, a famous painting by Johannes Vermeer. Why is this amazing painting so famous? Once again it summarises a very important Zeitgeist in history. This is a painting capturing the Dutch Golden Age. She is also known in a loving way as the […]

10 Famous Paintings You Should Know: 6 The Kiss, Gustav Klimt

The Kiss

Background of The Kiss Allow me to introduce you to The Kiss, such a beautiful and intimate painting, done by none other than Gustav Klimt. It is about 1.8 metres squared. Now this painting, believe it or not, was seen as sacrilege, scandalous, pornographic, sexual and way too intimate be displayed in the public. So, […]

10 Famous Paintings You Should Know: No 5 Guernica by Pablo Picasso.

Guernica

Introduction to Guernica by Pablo Picasso! This monumental artwork (yes it is huge! Measuring 7.77 metres wide and 3.49 metres tall). It is one of Picasso’s most celebrated artworks. But why? It captures the Zeitgeist of the Spanish Civil war. Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent […]

10 Famous Paintings You Should Know: Number 4 – The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream

Can only have been painted by a madman! A note written by Edvard Munch on The Scream. There is a painting that struck a chord by summarising the genius but also capturing the Zeitgeist and the ignorance of the American public before Van Gogh rose to fame, the Iconic Scream by Edvard Munch. A few […]

10 Famous Paintings You Should Know: Number 3 Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

Starry Night

What was Van Gogh‘s story? He was the stereotypical impoverished artist that struggled his entire life and whose genius went unnoticed and un-celebrated until after his death. Starry Night is quite famous: the vibrancy, the way the colours bounce, the fact that it moves, it almost literally looks like a sky glittering when you’re in […]

10 of the most Famous Paintings You Should Know: No 2 The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

The Last Supper

And the next painting we have another Leonardo da Vinci. As previously mentioned this guy is a genius and well worth celebrating. Now, why on Earth is The Last Supper so famous? There are two major reasons and both of them happen in two different time periods. The first time period is when da Vinci […]

10 of the most Famous Paintings You Should Know: Number 1: The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Mona Lisa

The most famous painting of them all. But why? She’s not particularly pretty, she’s a bit dull if you ask me, she doesn’t have enough eyebrows. Granted Leonardo da Vinci was a genius of his time but he had done far better work. Just look at the wings of the angel Gabriel in the painting […]