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10 Paintings Every Educated Person Is Supposed To Know

Date March 22, 2019 10:46

Many people are under the illusion that art is useless and there's no need for it. But just think about: thanks to art, primitive people gradually learned how to express themselves and visualize things they reflected on in their minds onto the walls of their caves. Art can tell so much about the archetype of society and its collective mentality. Therefore, you should pay some attention to such an important subject. It's not necessary to know every painting, but there are 10 that any educated person should be ashamed to not know.

1. "Lady with an Ermine" – Leonardo da Vinci, 1489-1490

10 Paintings Every Educated Person Is Supposed To KnowLeonardo da Vinci, via Wikimedia Commons

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2. "The Birth of Venus" – Sandro Botticelli, 1484-1486

10 Paintings Every Educated Person Is Supposed To KnowSandro Botticelli, via Wikimedia Commons

3. "The Last Supper" – Leonardo da Vinci, 1495-1498

10 Paintings Every Educated Person Is Supposed To KnowLeonardo da Vinci, via Wikimedia Commons

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4. "The Last Judgment" – Hieronymus Bosch, 1482

10 Paintings Every Educated Person Is Supposed To KnowHieronymus Bosch, via Wikimedia Commons

5. "The Sistine Madonna" – Raphael Sanzio, 1512

10 Paintings Every Educated Person Is Supposed To KnowRaphael, via Wikimedia Commons

6. "Mona Lisa" – Leonardo da Vinci, 1503

10 Paintings Every Educated Person Is Supposed To KnowLeonardo da Vinci, via Wikimedia Commons

7. "Girl with a Pearl Earring" – Johannes Vermeer, 1665

10 Paintings Every Educated Person Is Supposed To KnowJohannes Vermeer, via Wikimedia Commons

8. "The Return of the Prodigal Son" – Rembrandt, 1663-1669

10 Paintings Every Educated Person Is Supposed To KnowRembrandt, via Wikimedia Commons

9. "Black Square" – Kazimir Malevich, 1915

10 Paintings Every Educated Person Is Supposed To KnowKazimir Malevich, via Wikimedia Commons

10. "The Son of Man" – René Magritte, 1964

10 Paintings Every Educated Person Is Supposed To KnowRene Magritte, via Wikimedia Commons

How many of these paintings did you recognize? We are certain that you've seen and heard of all of them, but perhaps, you haven't known their titles, dates, and artists' names. Now, having acquired this knowledge, you can start any cultural conversation and not look like you're illiterate!

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