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Paintings put to life

Updated on January 20, 2018

It is really amazing how we can stare at a painting for hours and still unable to comprehend the real meaning behind it. Paintings depict deep meanings, more than we can ever imagine. The same painting can express different ideas from time to time. That's the most fascinating thing about paintings.

Some of the greatest painters of all time

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

He was an Italian Renaissance painter known for his two famous works, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Besides being a great painter, he was also a mathematician, sculptor, architect, inventor, scientist and more.

The Last Supper

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

Rembrandt (1606-1669)

He was a Dutch painter known for his realistic paintings and is known to be one of the greatest visual artists of all time. He was also a draughtsman and a printmaker. His famous works are The NIght Watch, The Jewish Bride, The Storm of the Sea of Galilee, Belshazzar's Feast and The Hundred Guilder Print.

The Night Watch

A painting is finished when the artist says it is finished.

— Rembrandt

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

He was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. He is considered to be one of the most influential figure in the history of Western art. His notable works include Sorrow, The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, Bedroom in the Aries and The Starry Night.

The Potato Eaters

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

— Vincent van Gogh

Claude Monet (1840-1926)

He was the founder of French impressionist painting. His famous works include Impression, Sunrise, Water Lilies, Haystacks and Poplars.


Try to forget what objects you have before you - a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, 'Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,' and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you.

— Claude Monet

Michelangelo (1475-1564)

He was an Italian painter born in the Republic of Florence. He was also a sculptor, architect and a poet. His notable works include David, The Last Judgement and Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Sistine Chapel ceiling

The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor's hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone.

— Michelangelo

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

He was a Spanish painter and one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Besides being a painter, he was also sculptor, printmaker, stage designer, ceramicist and poet. His famous works include La Vie, Portrait of Daniel-Henry, Girl before a Mirror, Guernica, The Weeping Woman.


Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

— Pablo Picasso

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

He was a French painter and played a great role in developing the Impressionist style. His notable works include Luncheon of the Boating Party and On the Terrace.

Luncheon of the Boating Party

I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell. If it doesn't turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it.

— Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Raphael (1483-1520)

He was an Italian painter of the High Renaissance. It is said that he along with Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo formed the three greatest trio of that time. One of his notable works is list.

The Wedding of the Virgin

"When one is painting one does not think."

— Raphael

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)

He was a French Post-Impressionist painter. His works made a new transition in the history of art and a new concept in artistry was developed in the 20th century. His notable works include The Card Players, The Bathers and Still Life with a Curtain.

The Card Players

Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations.

— Paul Cezanne

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)

Jan Vermeer was a Dutch painter and his works are mainly specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle class life. His famous works include The Milkmaid, Girl with a Pearl Earring and View of Delft.

Girl with a Pearl Earring


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      Ankita B 

      5 months ago

      Thank you

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      Ankita B 

      11 months ago

      Thank you Chitrangada:-) Glad you liked it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      11 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Great article about World famous paintings and their artists!

      You did a nice job of providing brief introduction about the famous painters and their work.

      Well done and thanks for sharing!


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