The world is full of the rich art and creative tradition of European influence dating back to the Middle Ages. There have been remarkable contributions to the field of art by European artists such as Leonardo da Vinci (The Last Supper), Pablo Picasso (Guernica), Jan van Eyck (Ghent Altarpiece), Vincent van Gogh (Starry Night), Michelangelo (statue of David), and many more.
The continent of Europe is recognized for its astonishing art galleries offering the most priceless art forms known to mankind. Here are just a few specific places an art lover should make the effort to visit while touring Europe.
The Gemaldegalerie in Berlin is identified as one of the premium art galleries across the world. It holds the number one rank in terms of world’s leading European art collections right from the 13th-20th centuries. It is known to have collection of masterpieces created by artists like Hans Holbein, Albrecht Dürer, Titian, Caravaggio, Lucas Cranach, and Johannes Vermeer.
This museum is well-known for its technical style in collecting and exhibiting the art form to the world. Opened in the year 1830, it was rebuilt again in the 1998. It is situated in the district of Kulturforum in Berlin.
The National Art Gallery in Ireland is home to a rich collection of European and Irish art. It is situated in Dublin with two entrances, one facing onto Merrion Square and another onto Clare Street. The Gallery was established in the year 1854. However, it was only opened to the public ten years later.
The Gallery has exclusive sets of Irish and Dutch paintings. The collection comprises of approximately 14,000 artworks and includes nearly 5,000 sketches and drawings, 2,500 paintings, some other elite sculpture, furnishings and other art forms.
The British Museum in London is solely devoted to human history, culture and civilization. It has a huge collection of about eight million art works making it the biggest museum on Earth. Its art form speaks of the illustrating and documenting of the human culture and civilization from Middle Ages until the present day.
The Museum was founded in the year 1753. However, it was first opened to the public in the year 1759, in Bloomsbury. Its expansion dates back two centuries due to the expanding of British colonial footprints.
The Kiasma Gallery located at Helsinki is a contemporary museum of art. The museum showcases some exquisite modern art form of Finnish origin. Its collection of modern art pieces are very provocative and speak about modern human life.
An art competition was held amongst the Baltic and Nordic countries artists. Five renowned architects across the world participated in it. Amongst them was an US artist Steven Holl whose piece named “Chiasma” was selected as the winner. That’s how the building got its name.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek located at Copenhagen, Denmark is possibly the most prominent museum in the country. This gallery boasts of collections like Impressionist form of Art and Rodin’s Masterpiece “The Thinker”. The museum started off with the private collected works of Carl Jacobsen. The unique selling proposition of this museum is traditional sculpture from countries like Rome, Egypt and Greece.
European art and architectural styles have been quite influential right from the early ages. Europe is considered to be the birth place of art and culture. No matter which country you visit in Europe, you will definitely be spellbound with the art and architectural forms found there.