Artists and their masterpieces

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Written by Supernova

Apr 12, 2021

Humans have had a fascination with art from the time we first existed. The rock paintings here in Africa are examples of how the earliest people shared events and emotions in art. Today, we have artworks that have become famous icons in the world. Here are some of the most amazing artists and their paintings! 

Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci

Period: Renaissance

The most famous painting in the world – the Mona Lisa – gained popularity because of the unique paint technique that Da Vinci used to paint it. Its permanent home is The Louvre museum in Paris, France. The value of the Mona Lisa is about $790 million (US dollars)!

Mona Lisa by artist Leonardo da Vinci

Did you know!

The painting was stolen from The Louvre in 1911 by an Italian museum employee? The police caught the thief and returned the painting two years later

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

Created: 1889

Period: Post-Impressionism (Modern Art)

Van Gogh, a famous Dutch artist, painted this depiction of the town Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to show his technique with forms and how they can express emotions. It is now part of the Museum of Modern Art’s collection, in New York City.

Starry Night by artist Vincent van Gogh

Did you know!

Van Gogh never achieved popularity in his lifetime? He only sold two paintings while alive and became famous only after his death.

Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet

Created: 1899

Period: Impressionism

This painting is one of a series of paintings of Monet’s garden. He enjoyed gardening, and spent much of his time painting outdoors. One of these paintings is four metres long! Monet used very unique brush strokes when he painted these.

Water Lily Pond by artist Claude Monet

Did you know!

Monet was going blind in his later years? Maybe this is why he used such unclear colours and brush stroke.

The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn

Created: 1642

Period: Baroque

This masterpiece is famous for its enormous size, the interesting use of shadows and light and the way the people in it seem to be in motion. Rembrandt painted 600 other paintings in his life!

The Night watch by artist Rembrandt van Rijn

Did you know!

This painting was actually painted during the daytime? A varnish that became dirty over time has given it its dark shade.

Read more about other famous artists and their paintings in Vol 7.6.

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This article first appeared in Supernova Volume 7.6
Words by Saskia Brits 
Design by Roman Ratush

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