Here Are 7 of The Most Popular Paintings in The World!

The enthusiasm of the artists cannot be underestimated. This is proven by the birth of these 7 works of art!

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The Reading Lesson, 1855 by John Dawson Watson (Unsplash/Birmingham Museums Trust)

COFFEEPERDAY.COM - Every year, multibillion-dollar pieces of art pass through international auction houses, while the leading museums each have tens of thousands - if not hundreds of thousands - of art in their collections. But few precious people have ever achieved the fame needed to truly be considered a household name.

We've seen dozens of popular masterpieces - from classics like "Mona Lisa", "Big Waves in Kanagawa," and "Salavator Mundi", to more modern works like "Nighthawks" and even the "Dogs Playing Poker" series.

Based on these results, here are:

7 Most Searched Paintings in The World

1. Mona Lisa

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  • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
  • Estimated date made: 1503 to 1519
  • Where to see it: Louvre Museum (Paris)
Number one for sure! No wonder the most famous painting in the world is a mysterious woman with a mysterious smile. But that's one of the few certainties about this work of art. The nanny in the painting is thought to be Lisa Gherardini, wife of Florence merchant Francesco del Giocondo, but experts aren't sure. It does represent innovation in art - it's the earliest Italian portrait known to focus so closely on the nanny in the half-length portrait, according to the Louvre, where the painting was first installed in 1804.

Do you know? Prior to the 20th century, historians say the "Mona Lisa" was not widely known outside the art world. But in 1911, a former Louvre employee stole the portrait and hid it for two years. The theft has helped solidify the painting's place in popular culture since then and expose millions of people to Renaissance art.

2. The Last Supper

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  • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
  • Estimated dates: 1495 to 1498
  • Where to see it: Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milan, Italy)Leonardo, the original "Renaissance Man," is the only artist to appear on this list twice.

Painted in an era where religious imagery is still the dominant artistic theme, "The Last Supper" depicts the last time Jesus broke bread with his disciples before his crucifixion. The painting is actually a large fresco - 4.6 meters (15 feet) high and 8.8 meters (28.9 feet) wide, which provides an unforgettable view.

Do you know? The painting survived two wartime threats - Napoleon's troops used the wall of the dining room where it was painted as target practice. It was also exposed to air for several years when bombings during World War II destroyed the roof of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

3. The Starry Night

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  • Artist: Vincent van Gogh
  • Date: 1889
  • Where to see it: Museum of Modern Art (New York City)
Relatively abstract painting is a typical example of van Gogh's innovative and bold use of thick brushwork. The striking blue and yellow hues of the painting and the beautiful swirling atmosphere have intrigued art lovers for decades.

Do you know? Van Gogh was living in a mental hospital in Saint-Rémy, France, being treated for a mental illness, while he was painting "The Starry Night." She was inspired by the view from her bedroom window.

4. The Scream

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  • Artist: Edvard Munch
  • Date: 1893
  • Where to see it: National Museum (Oslo, Norway - opens in 2020) and Munch Museum (Oslo - until May 2020)
First things first - "The Scream" is not a work of art. According to the British Museum blog, there were two paintings, two pastels, and then an unspecified number of prints.
The paintings are housed in the National Museum and Munch Museum, and in 2012, one of the pastels sold for nearly $ 120 million at auction. As in the case of "Mona Lisa", the bold theft (1994 and 2004) of the two versions of the painting "The Scream" helped raise public awareness of the artwork. (The two of them were finally found).

Do you know? This androgynous figure who is at the forefront of this Art Nouveau-style painting does not cause screams but tries to stem the sharp screams that come from nature. It was inspired by the real-life experience of Munch during her sunset walk in Oslo when the dramatic blush flooded her senses.

5. "Guernica"

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  • Artist: Pablo Picasso
  • Date: 1937
  • Where to see it: Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid)

It is the latest painting on this list, and depicts the German aerial bombing of the Basque city of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. The painting has a distinct Picasso style, and its tireless examination of the horrors of war made it an important part of 20th-century culture and history.

Do you know? While the Mauritshuis family underwent renovations from 2012 to 2014, "Girl With a Pearl Earring" toured the United States, Italy, and Japan. It attracts large crowds, further cementing its status as one of the most famous works of art in the world.

6. The Kiss

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  • Artist: Gustav Klimt
  • Estimated dates: 1907 to 1908
  • Where to see it: The Upper Belvedere Museum (Vienna, Austria)

With No. 6, we went from the study of hate to the study of love with Gustav Klimt's beloved "The Kiss". From Klimt's "Golden Period", Byzantine artistic influence can be seen in the highly decorative robes worn by passionate life-size couples.

The Upper Belvedere says that with "Kiss," Klimt made "a general allegorical statement about love at the heart of human existence." Given its magnetic appeal, people seem to agree. Do you know? While "The Kiss" was not for sale, the rest of Klimt was bought and sold for a very high price. Oprah Winfrey unpacked the 1907 artwork "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II" worth $ 150 million in 2016 - for a profit of $ 60 million.

7. Girl With a Pearl Earring

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  • Artist: Johannes Vermeer
  • Estimated date: 1665
  • Where to see it: Mauritshuis (The Hague, Netherlands)

This catchy favorite is often compared to the "Mona Lisa". Despite the stylistic differences, technically "Girl With a Pearl Earring" is not a portrait, but "tronie" - the Dutch word for a painting of an imaginary figure with exaggerated features. Oil paint artwork on canvas is brilliant in its simplicity. The girl - wearing a blue and gold turban and large pearl earrings - was the main focus with only a dark background behind her.

Do you know? While the Mauritshuis family underwent renovations from 2012 to 2014, "Girl With a Pearl Earring" toured the United States, Italy, and Japan. It attracts large crowds, further cementing its status as one of the most famous works of art in the world.

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