8 of the World’s Most Famous Paintings and Where to Find Them

Daydreaming of a getaway? For art lovers and worldly explorers, these destinations will satisfy your travel itch and give you the opportunity to see some of the most famous paintings in human history.

1. The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh: The Museum of Modern Art. New York, United States.

The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh. Image source: The van Gogh Gallery

Want to feel like a real New Yorker? Grab a coffee and a bagel, and hop on the subway to the MoMA. If you have an affinity for art, visiting New York City is a must. Starry Night, along with countless other well-known paintings, call this city home. You might not be lucky enough to spot a celebrity in this grand city, but you can be guaranteed to see some iconic art. Find other legendary pieces like The Persistence of Memory, Drowning Girl, White on White & more.

2. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer: Mauritshuis. Den Haag, Netherlands

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer.  Image source: Wikipedia

Amsterdam is not the only desirable destination in the Netherlands. Den Haag is located on the North Sea and is the ultimate city for historical sites, delectable food, and of course, beautiful art.

3. The Birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli: Uffizi Gallery. Florence, Italy.

The Birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli. Image source: Imgur

A visit to Florence will take you back in time to the Renaissance era. The Birth of Venus technically takes place in Cyprus, but the goddess of love cast her spell over Florence, making falling in love with the city inevitable. In addition to gorgeous art, you can also indulge in some of the world’s most sublime food and wine.

4. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, George Seurat: The Art Institute of Chicago, United States.

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat. Image source: Art Institute of Chicago

Who knew Chicago deep-dish pizza and world-class art paired so well together? A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte is not the only notable work of art you’ll see at The Art Institute of Chicago. You can also find Nighthawks, American Gothic, and The Old Guitarist (to name a few).

5. The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch: Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid, Spain.

The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch. Image source: Wikipedia.

With the perfect balance of art, history, culture, food, and fun – you won’t regret going to Madrid. With lots to see and do, you cannot miss spending an afternoon staring at all the Earthly Delights in Bosch’s elaborate triptych.

6. The Kiss, Gustav Klimt: Austrian Gallery Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.

The Kiss, Gustav Klimt. Image souce: Gustav Klimt

Vienna is well known for its music, but the art scene is nothing to disregard. Spend a day in Vienna indulging in finer things. Start your day off visiting Gallery Belvedere and marveling at Klimt’s The Kiss. Later, stop for food at the famed Palmenhaus. Finally, end the day with an outstanding classical concert experience.

7. The Scream, Edvard Munch: The National Museum. Oslo, Norway.

The Scream, Edvard Munch. Image source: Wikipedia.

Oslo, small and easy-going, is a museum-filled city. Aside from visiting Munch’s The Scream, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can stop by The Viking Ship Museum or Holmenkollen Ski museum (which also includes a view of the whole city). 

8. Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci: The Louvre. Paris, France

Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci. Image source: Wikipedia

Last, what would a list of the world’s most famous paintings be without the Mona Lisa? With over 10 million visitors a year, the Mona Lisa is the most visited painting in the world. You can certainly expect a crowd, so be prepared when visiting The Louvre. But don’t let the popularity deter you; the Mona Lisa is a must-see. So fuel up with a croissant and glass of French wine and head over to The Louvre.

Whether you’re an artist or a fan of the arts, travel is always an excellent way to refresh, gain insight, and experience something extraordinary. Reindl was a world traveller himself. He pulled much of his artistic inspiration from the places he visited. Let us know your thoughts and get extra art and travel inspo at @palbricart

Written by Frances Dubreuil