Art is something that must be studied and interpreted all throughout the existence of mankind. Here are ten pieces of art that are thought to be the greatest ever.

Note that the list isn’t in any way ranked or ordered.

1. The Foetus in the Womb by Leonardo da Vinci

An interpretation of the human condition, Leonardo da Vinci’s womb resembles a horse chestnut casing that is open and inside, we find our beginning. Keep in mind that this was a work that was made nearly five hundred years ago when Leonardo da Vinci began exploring the anatomy of human beings.

2. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

A painting that surpasses beauty and simplicity, people all around the world have been enamoured by Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile. The woman in the painting is believed to be Lisa delGiocondo, a member of the Gherardini family.

3. Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo

It took Michelangelo nearly four years to complete the painting. Although the work was met with criticism at the time, it is now known to be a landmark in the history of art. People from all over the globe visit the chapel to see the ceiling.

4. Self Portraits by Rembrandt

Rembrandt has made nearly a hundred self-portraits out of which 40 were painted, thirty-one were etched, and 7 were drawings. The number of self-portraits he did was extremely high when compared to other artists of the time.

5. Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer was a relatively unknown painter in his time. The Girl With a Pearl Earring was painted in the year 1665. Pictured in the Baroque style, it features a touch of innocence and purity. It is a tronie, a stock character, of a girl.

6. The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist by Caravaggio

 Baptist by Caravaggio

The painting features an executioner who has a knife drawn in a prison yard to tear the skin from the neck of John the Baptist.

7. Las Meninas by Velazquez

The Las Meninas features a painting within a painting where Velazques looks away from his portrait to the subject which is the Royal Couple. In the background of all this is a mirror that reflects everything that is happening.

8. Guernica by Picasso

The Guernica was painted by Picasso as a form of protest against Franco, who had, on behalf of Adolf Hitler, had bombed the Basque capital, Guernica. Being part of cubism, the Guernica is seen as a standout in the movement.

9. Mont Sainte-Victoire by Paul Cezanne

Mont Sainte-Victoire, painted sometime in the 1900s, is a series of paintings that have the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, a mountain in the southern region of France, in the background of most of his paintings.

10. Water Lilies by Claude Monet

Renowned for his impressionist style, Claude Monet made a masterpiece with his water lily painting as it seamlessly combined light with nature.