Top 10 Most Famous Paintings in the World


Millions of paintings are displayed in galleries and museums around the world, but a few among them are so popular that most people nowadays can recognize them, even if they’re not all that passionate about art. These paintings have been portrayed many times in pop culture throughout the years, and the all have particularities that make them so easily recognizable even for the untrained eye. The following is a list of the top ten most famous paintings in the world, paintings that almost everybody recognizes when seeing, even without being able to name them.

9‘Self-Potrait without a Beard’ by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Vough painted many self-portraits in his lifetime. This one is popular because it was his last and the only one where he painted himself without a beard. Apparently, his mother gave it to him as a birthday gift. It is also one of the most expensive paintings of all times. It was sold for $71.5 million in 1998 and it is now part of a private collection.