Art has been the messenger of the past. It has helped us to understand the past in a better way.
Paintings are one of the most influential parts of the art. They have the ability to say thousand words in a single frame. A log of significant details of that era can be understood through the paintings crafted in the respective era.
Sometimes they became the centre of controversy due to portraying unorthodox ideas that are not accepted by the mainstream audience while sometime they created a trend that grew as a symbol of mainstream. The most beautiful part of art is how subjective they are. People are allowed to interpret the meaning of a certain piece based on their perception.
Here is a list of 5 popular paintings that have become iconic over the years due to their brilliance and creativity.
1. The Last Supper (by Leonardo da Vinci)
Religion has been the epicenter of many controversial events over the past few centuries. On the other hand it has been a focus of inspiration for several artists, one such example is the 15th century mural painting, The Last Supper.
Leonardo Da Vinci depicted the scene of The Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples. The painting has become a cultural phenomenon and the scene has been cloned on various media platforms.
2. The Scream (by Edvard Munch)
The painting is so popular that one may wish to take it home; some even tried to attempt so. It has been the headlines on multiple occasions due to being the target of many high profile art heists.
It has been dubbed as the “Mona Lisa of our time”.
The Scream was imitated and outright copies have been made following its copyright expiration, which led to it acquiring an iconic status in popular culture in the late 20th century.
3. The Kiss
Gustav Klimt crafted this masterpiece around 1907. He created a number of paintings in a similar texture, known as his “Golden Period”, though the Kiss outshined all due to its influential theme and exceptional creative works.
The colors have been used in a way that it will surely touch the deepest part of your soul, yet the painting delivers a strong message of intimacy.
Various artists have created their own pieces using the original in order to pay homage to it.
4. Girl With A Pearl Earring
If you think Mona Lisa is the only beauty on the canvas, don’t tell this to Johannes Vermeer. You can’t do it anyway, he is kind of dead. Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer portrayed a tronie, an improbably large pearl earring is the primary focus along with the girl.
The painting has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague since 1902.
The Scarlett Johansson starrer “Girl with a pearl earring” was based on a novel of the same name that depicted a fictionalized version of the circumstances of the painting’s creation.
5. The Persistence Of Memory (by Salvador Dalí)
The painting is not only bizarre but holds a deeper meaning.
In the words of Salvador, the soft watches are an unconscious symbol of the relativity of space and time, a Surrealist meditation on the collapse of our notions of a fixed cosmic order”.
The painting draws several inspirations from Dali’s beliefs and places he has been to.