17 legendary masterpieces every art lover must see in person

For humanity, art is everything. Not only does art reflect the reality we live in, it can also radically change it. To some extent, art influenced every human being that ever lived. Here are 17 brilliant works of art you can see with your own eyes – and if you do, they will change you forever.

Have you ever seen any of these in person? Which ones? What is your favorite work of art? Would you add any other masterpieces to this list?

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Vladimir Orozco
I have been fortunate to have seen several of these master pieces. DIfficult to pinpoint which one is my favorite, I love each and every one the same. i would add to these; The Pieta and David.
Feb 3, 2020 7:47PM
Maureen Matthews
I saw Donatello and David and the Sistine Chapel. I also would recommend the Cathedral in Florence. The Sistine Chapel rendered me speechless. Magnificent.
Jan 25, 2020 7:43PM
Dennis Freeouf
I would add Luncheon of the Boating Party by Renoir at the Phillips in Washington DC
Jan 21, 2020 6:55PM
Sylvia Angeli
I have seen twelve!
Jan 21, 2020 11:11AM
Evelyn Cowled
8 of 17 is pretty good I reckon. Thanks for showing those pictures again.
Jan 21, 2020 4:59AM
Naomi MacLeod
I’ve seen 7.
Jan 21, 2020 2:13AM
Petrusia Deacon
Have seen 8 of them
Jan 21, 2020 1:47AM
Patricia J. Winters
I have seen the first one!
Jan 21, 2020 12:49AM
Boyd Welsch
Add night watch by Rembrandt
Jan 20, 2020 9:29PM
Brigitte Kurowski-Wilson
I have been in 7 museums in various parted of the world. I would add Rembrandt, Duerer , Holbein.
Jan 20, 2020 8:52PM
Richard D. Boyle
Have seen #s 1,6,8,15,16 and 17 in person. I would add, at least, Guernica by Picasso and Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.
Jan 20, 2020 6:34PM
louise morr
Lived in Holland in '72 and missed the Van Gogh museum by 1 year. Wah!
Jan 20, 2020 6:16PM
Martha Calkins
Guernica ought to be on this list. I visited it several times while it was in New York.
Jan 20, 2020 5:32PM
I have been to Paris and lived in Rome Italy for three years. I have seen over half this paintings and statues and they are awe inspiring.
Jan 20, 2020 5:06PM
Brian Walsh
Of those shown here I have seen or visited 14. However, Rembrant van Rijn, Jan van Eyck, Hieronymous Bosch, Diego Velazquez, Jan Vermeer, Hans Holbeinthe Younger, Vicent van Gogh, Salvador Dali,, Picasso, Rafael, Caravaggio, etc. I could go on and on but, are missing
Jan 20, 2020 2:34PM

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