Top 4 the most famous oil paintings all over the world

Despite the millions of oil paintings painted and displayed in famous museums and galleries all over the world. Among them, a relatively minuscule number has been universally recognized as being classic. Timeless in their beauty and execution, these famous oil paintings have transcended time and artistic definition to create their history. In this article, we would like to list a list of the most famous oil paintings in the world.

Origin of oil paintings

Oil paintings are considered the most famous painting line of all time, using oil paint as the main material for painting. This type of painting appeared first in the Mediterranean countries, Greece, Rome… This is a perfect combination of color palette and dry oil. Raw materials of crude oil are extracted from: oil of walnuts, flax seeds, safflower …

Oil painting actually date from the 5th and 10th centuries through famous paintings by talented artists from China and India. But in fact until the 15th century did not really flourish and really influential.

Origin of oil paintings
Origin of oil paintings

Top 4 famous oil paintings around the world

Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait painting by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. It is considered an archetypal masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance and has been described as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world. The painting’s novel qualities include the subject’s expression, which is frequently described as enigmatic, the monumentality of the composition, the subtle modeling of forms, and the atmospheric illusionism.

It had been believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506; however, Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic itself, on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797.

The most valuable paintings

The Mona Lisa is one of the most valuable paintings in the world. It holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at US$100 million in 1962 (equivalent to $650 million in 2018).

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The Mona Lisa

The Last Supper

“The last supper” was created in 1495 – 1498 by the artist Leonardo da Vinci. The oil paintings depicts the last supper of Jesus and the 12 disciples before his death. This is the time when Jesus told his disciples: “There are traitors to you among me”. After that statement of Jesus caused different reactions on each person’s face. Every character in the picture is built from real models. The author chose among hundreds of thousands of people to pick out the most characteristic people. What we did not expect was that the artist took the prototype of Jesus. And the traitor was the same person.

The Last Supper
The Last Supper

The School Of Athens

The painting was painted in 1509-1515 by artist Raphael. The case of gathering the great men of mankind. It can be understood that this school is the foundation of human ideology. Every sage, scientist, author highlights his position in the picture.

The School Of Athens
The School Of Athens

The Scream

“The Scream” by artist Eduard Munch is considered a famous portrait depicting people. The painting was painted in 1893 using oil and pastels on cardboard. Nowadays, it is one of the most famous oil paintings in the world.

The Scream
The Scream


These famous oil paintings are familiar to people of all regions, cultures or ages as being representative of the greatest works of art. They will continue to leave a deep impression on people’s minds, even after hundreds of years have passed.

Above are the top 3 most famous oil paintings in the world that until now. There is no new painting that can surpass them. Hopefully, the above information will bring you useful and exciting things about oil painting.

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Anne Ita Carr
Anne Ita Carr
1 month ago

Hi what makes a painting timeless? Quality?Subject??

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