David

David

1501-1504 One of the most iconic works in all of art history, Michelangelo’s David had its origins in a larger project to decorate the buttresses of Florence’s great cathedral, the Duomo, with a group of figures taken from the Old Testament. The David was one, and was...

Famous Paintings: Mona Lisa

Famous Paintings: Mona Lisa

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci Estimated date: 1503 to 1519 Where to see it: Louvre Museum (Paris) It should come as no surprise that the most famous painting in the world is that mysterious woman with the enigmatic smile. But that's one of the few certainties about this...

Nike of Samothrace

Nike of Samothrace

c.190 BC Located in the Louvre, the Winged Victory of Samothrace or Nike of Samothrace is an iconic example of Hellenistic Greek sculpture. Depicting Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, it is one of the few remaining Hellenistic sculptures that is a Greek original and...

Famous Paintings: The Last Supper

Famous Paintings: The Last Supper

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci Estimated date: 1495 to 1498 Where to see it: Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milan, Italy) Leonardo, the original "Renaissance Man," is the only artist to appear on this list twice. Painted in an era when religious imagery was still a dominant...

Laocoön and His Sons

Laocoön and His Sons

Second Century BC Perhaps the most famous sculpture of Roman antiquity, Laocoön and His Sons was originally unearthed in Rome in 1506 and moved to the Vatican, where it resides to this day. It is based on the myth of a Trojan priest killed along with his sons by sea...