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The Best Paintings Of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2020 57.3k votes 4.8k voters 128.3k views 200 items

List Rules 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.

The Creation of Adam is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Paintings Of All Time
Photo: Michelangelo/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Artist: Michelangelo

Subject: Adam

Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

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The Starry Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Paintings Of All Time
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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The Last Supper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Paintings Of All Time
Photo: Leonardo da Vinci/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

Subject: Jesus Christ

Period / Movement: High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

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Girl with a Pearl Earrin... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Paintings Of All Time
Photo: Johannes Vermeer/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Artist: Johannes Vermeer

Period / Movement: Dutch Golden Age

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