Art & Culture

6 Must-See Masterpieces in the World and Where to Find Them

Art lover or not, here are six of the greatest masterpieces in the world you need to see.

David
Michelangelo's David
Location: Galleria dell’Accademia (Accademia Gallery), Florence, Italy
David by Michelangelo is one of the world’s most famous sculptures. The marble statue dates back to the Renaissance period.

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa
Location: The Louvre, Paris, France
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is the world’s best-known masterpiece that continues to enthrall. It is a must-see for the millions of tourists who visit The Louvre every year. The oil painting depicts the likeness of Lisa Gherardini — and the smile that many have written about.

Pietà
Pietà
Location: St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Michelangelo produced several works during his time in Florence. But it was during his sojourn in Rome in 1496 to 1501 that he created one of his best-known works. Pietà is a Carrara marble sculpture depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus Christ. French cardinal Jean de Billheres who served in Rome commissioned the work.

Sistine Chapel Ceiling’s Creation of Adam
Sistine Chapel Ceiling's Creation of Adam
Location: Apostolic Palace, Vatican City
Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam is a fresco on a section of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. It depicts a scene from the Old Testament featuring the creation of Adam.

The Birth of Venus
The Birth of Venus
Location: Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus is a painting created between 1482 and 1485. It depicts the goddess Venus standing naked on a shell seemingly emerging from the sea.

Venus de Milo

Location: The Louvre, Paris, France
Venus de Milo is an ancient marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus) created by Alexandros of Antioch. It dates back to more than 2000 years.