20 Must See Art Pieces from Around the World: Oh, The Beauty We’ve Seen

Art lover’s of the world unite!

If you love art, beholding art…experiencing art; nothing is better than seeing it up close and personal. Having visited 85-countries on various editions of The Global Scavenger Hunt–we have seen a lot of art. The Masters, avant-garde, religious art, non-Western, aboriginal and street art. Mere words cannot convey the amazing, odd, moving, peculiar, shocking, transcendent, remarkable, sublime…humanity-inspired works of art we have been privileged to personally experience over the years. There is nothing like seeing the real thing, sometimes in the place it was designed to be seen.

And there is a lot to see…more than what is in any art history textbook that’s for sure. Sure, there’s da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Last Supper, Michelangelo’s David and Sistine Chapel, and Rodin’s The Thinker, all well and good—if not a tad crowded to experience. But know that stuffy European museums are not the only places to experience incredible art; here are a few of some of the exceptional pieces we highly recommend you seeing (before you die–okay I said it!)…Enjoy!


Tree of Life
mosaic – Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang, Laos (*)


Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring – Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands (*)


Stone of the Sun
– National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, Mexico (*)


Picasso’s Guernica mural – Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (*)


The Taj’s inlaid mosaics – Taj Mahal, Agra, India (*)


Windows of Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Caves of the Thousand Buddhas – Dunhuang, Gansu, China


Mephistopheles frescoes – Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, Bulgaria (*)


Windows of Blue Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey (*)


Rivera‘s The History of Mexico mural – National Palace, Mexico City, Mexico (*)


Klimt’s The Kiss – Belvedere Gallery, Vienna, Austria (*)

Mosaics of Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood – Saint Petersburg, Russia (*)


Madaba Map mosaic – Madaba, Jordan (*)


Zeduan’s Spring Festival on the River – National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (*)


Chagall’s  Opera Garnier ceiling – Paris France (*)


Orlando Towers – Soweto, South Africa (*)


Ajanta cave 17 paintings – Aurangabad, India


Huaca de la Luna
murals – Trujillo, Peru


Windows of La Sagrada Familia – Barcelona, Spain (*)


East Side Gallery – Berlin, Germany

…and the list goes on and on of course.

Come with us and see what beauty you will experience…

What are some of your favorite pieces of global art that truly move you?

Written by: William D. Chalmers
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