The second edition of the most beautiful oil paintings in the world, looks at work by Da Vinci and Michelangelo among others. The majesty and grandeur of these works is beyond compare, and the paintings featured are some of the greatest works ever to be created.
The Last Supper
The Last Supper is a Renaissance masterpiece, it is so famous it has been featured in literature and even on the big screen. Da Vinci used a mixture of oil and tempera, so he could paint on the dry wall of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. The painting has struggled through its life to stay intact due to the paint mixture wearing off, and unbelievably in the 17th Century the bottom section was lost when a door was cut into it. The main controversy surrounding the painting is that Mary Magdalene is featured, and because of how dominant and central to the occasion she appears to be.
The Creation of Adam
Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam is our second religious painting featured, it is another painting that is not on canvas but on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The piece is how god created Adam and covers an area of 12,000 square feet. The painting is located next to The Creation of Eve, and it differs from most Creation painting of the time in that only two figures appear in it. God is depicted as an elderly figure and dressed very informally and simply, which is progression of the earlier images as God wearing regal and kingly clothes.
This painting by Vincent van Gogh is of the village of Saint-Remy, it has been the inspiration behind numerous other paintings and even a pop hit by Don Mclean. The colours are a delight, and the swirling brushstrokes have all combined to make Starry Night one of the most loved paintings in the world today. Ironically the scene was the focal point of Van Gogh’s view from the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole where he was a patient. The fact that despite the inner turmoil within Van Gogh that he could actually produce one of the most beautiful paintings of all time is really quite staggering.
One of the interesting thing about Claude Monet’s Water Lilies is that it is actually not just one painting, but a series of over 200 oil paintings. Monet loved gardening, and for the most part his paintings were inspired by his own garden and the features in it. He spent years remodelling his own garden and actually was quoted in saying, “I’m good for nothing but painting and gardening”. Although he did not know it at the time, Monet created his own place for solace and reflection, then spent the rest of his days painting it.
Incredibly Water Lilies and the other paintings would never have existed if Monet has listened to his local council in Giverny, they wanted him to tear them out of his garden due to importation regulations. Thankfully he ignored them, and the world can benefit from his obstinance.