Famous Paintings and The Truth Behind Them

Museums all over the world are home to some of the oldest and most beautiful works of art. People travel miles in order to take a glimpse of these masterful paintings and soak in the grandeur that radiates from them. However, what many people don’t know is that almost each of these fascinating paintings has an untold story behind it.

For many years, some of the most famous paintings of the world have been a mystery for the public. But now the veil of truth has been lifted and we can finally learn who inspired the artist to make these paintings and what events have led to their creation.

Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh

One of the most impressive and certainly the most famous paintings by the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh is “Starry Night”. The creation of this painting is connected to the period when the artist was admitted at Saint Remy de Provence. While being treated for his mental illness, he decided to paint the night sky as he saw it through his bedroom window. However, he painted it during the day, so he could compare it to the night sky in the evening.

Mona Lisa – Leonardo Da Vinci

For years the mysterious smile of “Mona Lisa” has been an enigma among the artistic community but also among the many fans that have been pouring into the Louvre just to get a glimpse of the most beautiful woman in the world. The fascinating masterpiece by the talented Leonardo Da Vinci has sparked an interest among many, so for a long time, it was speculated that the woman in the painting is actually Da Vinci himself. However, the truth is that the woman with the enigmatic smile was the wife of a rich, silk merchant and her name was Lisa Gherardini. 

The Scream – Edvard Munch

The greatest Norwegian representative of expressionism, Edvard Munch, painted not one, not two, but five versions of his most famous painting, “The Scream”. The first two versions of the painting were created in 1893, and they were done with tempera and crayon. One of these two versions is in the National Gallery in Oslo and the other in the Munich Museum. In 1895, Munch made another version, but this time he used pastel. The fourth version was made with black and white lithograph, also in 1895. Finally, in 1910 Edvard Munch created the fifth and final version of the painting, which was stolen in 2004, only to be recovered in 2008.

American Gothic – Grant Wood

One of the most popular paintings, not only in the USA but also worldwide, depicting the perfect rural life is oftentimes misinterpreted. Even though there is a general opinion that the main figures of this painting are a wife and a husband this is wrong. This painting actually depicts a daughter and a father. As models for this painting Wood used his sister and his dentist.