The Starry Night

Did you know that the first art auction dates back as far as the ancient Greeks, and the practice of granting the item (or the lot) to the highest bidder generates billions of dollars per year?  In fact, the global sales of art and antiques by dealers and auction houses reached an estimated $65.1 billion in 2021 (Widewalls, 2022), with one of the most expensive and famous paintings ever sold worth a whopping USD $450.3 (Art In Context, 2022). 

Among those that were auctioned and exhibited across the world, few ever achieved the fame and recognition to truly be considered household names. Here we highlight the 10 most famous paintings in the world (CNN Style, 2019). 


How many famous paintings do you recognise?

Mona Lisa
Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
Estimated date: 1503 to 1519
Exhibition location: Louvre Museum (Paris)

Mona Lisa

The Last Supper
Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
Estimated date: 1495 to 1498
Exhibition location: Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milan, Italy)

The Last SupperThe Starry Night
Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Date: 1889
Exhibition location: Museum of Modern Art (New York City)

The Starry Night

The Scream
Artist: Edvard Munch
Date: 1893
Exhibition location: National Museum (Oslo, Norway — opening in 2020) and Munch Museum (Oslo — through May 2020)

The Scream

Artist: Pablo Picasso
Date: 1937
Exhibition location: Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid)


The Kiss
Artist: Gustav Klimt
Estimated date: 1907 to 1908
Exhibition location: Upper Belvedere museum (Vienna, Austria)

The Kiss

Girl With a Pearl Earring
Artist: Johannes Vermeer
Estimated date: 1665
Exhibition location: Mauritshuis (The Hague, Netherlands)

Girl with a Pearl Earring

The Birth of Venus
Artist: Sandro Botticelli
Estimated date: 1485
Exhibition location: Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi (Florence, Italy)

The Birth of Venus

Las Meninas
Artist: Diego Velázquez
Date: 1656
Exhibition location: Museo del Prado (Madrid)

Las Meninas

Creation of Adam
Artist: Michelangelo
Date: 1508 to 1512
Exhibition location: Sistine Chapel (Vatican City)

Creation of Adam


Honourable mentions

  • Hieronymus Bosch, “The Garden of Earthly Delights” (1503-1515)
    The Garden of Earthly Delights
  • Claude Monet, “Water Lilies” series (1840-1926)
    Water Lilies (Monet series)
  • Georges Seurat, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” (1884-1886)
    A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
  • Grant Wood, “American Gothic” (1930)
    American Gothic
  • Salvador Dali, “The Persistence of Memory” (1931)
    The Persistence of Memory
  • Edward Hopper, “Nighthawks” (1942)
    Nighthawks (Hopper)

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