The Best Paintings Of All Time

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Vote up the best paintings from the medium's history

There have been so many paintings in such a wide range of subjects and movements across history that it can be difficult to narrow a selection to the best paintings ever. This list of the best paintings in history includes the best Baroque period art, the most famous Renaissance paintings, and even the most famous portraits.

Even though some of the paintings on this list may be from famous artists whose works sell for lots of money, like Picasso or Frida Kahlo, you may also find some classic paintings you recognize from artists whose names you didn't know, like Jan Brueghel the Younger. There are even famous paintings that may be new to you, like Tiger by German Expressionist Franz Marc and España y Filipinas by Juan Luna. From the smooth precision of painters like Peter Paul Rubens to the broad strokes of Matisse paintings, these famous art pieces are of the very best by the greatest painters of all time.

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  • The Creation of Adam
    Photo: Michelangelo / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Adam
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    The Starry Night
    Photo: Vincent van Gogh / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    • Artist: Vincent van Gogh
    • Subject: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
    • Period / Movement: Post-Impressionism
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  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
    Photo: Johannes Vermeer / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    • Artist: Johannes Vermeer
    • Period / Movement: Dutch Golden Age
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  • The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny
    Photo: Claude Monet / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    • Artist: Claude Monet
    • Period / Movement: Impressionism
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