02. February 2017 · Comments Off on The World’s Best Art Museums · Categories: Art Collections · Tags: ,

To comprise a list of the world’s best art museums is like trying to make a case for the best artist ever to grace a brush or a chisel. The criteria for making this list is relatively straightforward – to take the art lover on a global tour of the most historic museums containing the best historical art. We will start in New York City, then fly to France, take a short hop in Athens, advance to St. Petersburg, and finish in The Forbidden City before returning home.

New York

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the place to go when you are looking for a combination of international art and historical works. European art is represented by work from many of art’s masters, including Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Rodin. Middle Eastern art from Egypt finds itself represented in the Temple of Dendur, and naturally, American art is displayed in a separate wing. One example of the depth and breadth of the available works is the engraved masterpiece by Albrecht Dürer – “Adam and Eve.”

France

The Louvre in Paris, France

Perhaps the most internationally known of all art museums is the Louvre in Paris, France. The building itself was built as a medieval fortress and later was the palace of kings. The museum holds the most famous artworks in the world, including “Venus de Milo” which has now been credited to Alexandros of Antioch, and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” Though the vast number of the museum’s works date only to the 19th century, its contents are an entire survey of the major forms of important art and its evolution.

Athens

Acropolis in Athens, Greece

When it comes to the combination of Western history and art in the form of archaeology, there may be no better place than the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. You can view archeological excavations by peering down through the transparent glass floor, and experience firsthand what it was like to be in the environment of the homes, towns, and buildings of Athens. There are also excavations of smaller settlements to give you a broader perspective of historic Athens. Perhaps the biggest attraction for artists is the incredible amount of detail that has been preserved in the excavation process.

St. Petersburg

Flying north to St. Petersburg, Russia, you visit the State Hermitage. Though not very well-known to the average person, this museum holds collections totaling more than 3 million pieces of art dating from the Stone Age and including works of the 20th century. No significant geographical location is absent of works, as Western European works, along with Eurasian displays, Oriental works, and of course, Russian art all have their own sections. Some of the great Masters’ works are represented here, including Rembrandt, da Vinci, Picasso, Gauguin, Cézanne, and van Gogh.

The Forbidden City

The last leg of the tour ends up in The Forbidden City of China. Located in the center of Beijing, the city is no longer forbidden but was once an imperial palace. At the heart of the Forbidden City is the Palace Museum. Containing art from the collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties, it is the most visited art museum in the world, making it a must-see on the list of the world’s best art museums. Though the collections are vast, a part of the complete collection was moved to Taipei and now is displayed in the National Palace Museum.

Once you have finished this tour, you will have visited the best art museums in the world as they store works that have cultural, artistic, and historical value to the international community. You will also have been exposed to virtually every form of art, expanding your knowledge in your areas of interest while opening your eyes to new, unknown works of art.

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