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The World’s Best Works of Art

Lady with Ermine - Leonardo Da VinciRecently the Telegraph critic, Martin Gayford, listed the 50 best works of art ever made and where you can find them… The list is arranged in a chronological order from the dawn of civilization to the modern/contemporary art exhibits and displays of today.

This is a truly fascinating list that could raise a few eye brows…

I was astonished to find The Da Vinci masterpiece, Lady with Ermine, in the 25th spot. Gayford commented on adding this Da Vinci painting as apposed to his more memorable works:

“The Last Supper is a wreck, the Mona Lisa is so besieged that it’s almost impossible to see – which leaves this beguiling picture as the most beautiful Leonardo in existence. It is in any case the picture that presented one of his great innovations: a sense of human personality more real, subtle and complex than had ever existed in portraiture before.”

Additional popular artists and their art on the list:

  • Vincent Van Gogh’s Chair
  • Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
  • Henri Matisse, La Danse (II)
  • Claude Monet, Waterlilies

It’s an interesting exercise to try and come up with a list of great works of art, my guess is that my list would’ve been completely different…

Amitai Sasson

About the Author

Amitai Sasson of overstockArt.com is an art world traveler on a mission to seek out the beauty and passion of the art world. As an avid enthusiast of art and oil paintings, he contributes to ArtCorner.com as Chief editor and writer.