Art Around the World

Part of traveling is experiencing culture, taking in sights in places that aren’t familiar to us, breathing in history and taking part in what history has produced in each new location.  One of those things that history produced around the world is art, works of art that people in different locations all around the world have created to capture a time and place, to create culture either to respond to or create reforms and political events in history.

Being in the design field, I’m really inspired by art, by the power it can create, the moments it can show you while you stand in front of something and take it all in.  While I’m not the person that spends hours in museums while traveling, I do definitely take the time to see famous pieces of art in the places I visit.  Art has a way of connecting us around the world, whether by statues, paintings, sculpture or architecture, art is something that every nation has in common even if its characteristics might change per location.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some amazing works of art around the world and with many of them, they incurred some deep spiritual moments like standing in front of Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” in Milan, imagining him there painting on the wall or Gérome’s oriental paintings during a special exhibit at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, imagining the ancient Oriental world full of magic and mysticism.  Art has the power to move us, to hold us in a moment in time, connecting us to what those painters and those sculptors felt so many years ago.

In all my years of traveling, here are some of the most important and moving works of art I’ve seen and experienced and where they are located.

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy

Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe by Edouard Manet
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
The Dance Class by Edgar Degas
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
The Circus by George Seurat
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
Water Lilies by Claude Monet
Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, France

Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo
Vatican, Rome, Italy
The Snake Charmer by Jean-Léon Gérôme
Special Collection at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo de Vinci
Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

  • Sara @ Bristol In My Pocket

    Love this! I have to say one of my favorite things to do when traveling is going to some sort of art museum.

    • Casey Martin

      Yea, I do love a great art museum, though I prefer the smaller ones.

  • Molly @ The Move to America

    A lovely collection of art in this post!

    I really adore anything by Frederic Leighton and visited his house/museum on the edge of Holland Park, London. Beautiful!

    • Casey Martin

      We really need to do more art exploration in London the next time we’re there, I feel like we haven’t really done that side of the city yet! :)

  • Tracy

    I’m a history grad student so I love visiting museums everywhere I go, but art museums are my absolute favorite! Seeing this post, I am really excited, I’ve seen most of these in person!

    • Casey Martin

      Aren’t they amazing in person!!! I love art history and I’m always fascinated to see these pieces of amazing artwork with such historical significance in person.

  • Shenae

    I studied art history so so be able to see the paintings in the flesh would be amazing to me.

    • Casey Martin

      It’s the most amazing feeling!!!! :)

  • Treasure Tromp

    the last supper, another by Degas (including his bronze sculptures), and the School of Athens have all left me in tears!

    • Treasure Tromp

      oops, I meant “anything” by Degas :)

    • Casey Martin

      Isn’t it amazing, the emotion these artworks evoke from us? I’m always amazed by that.

  • Iris Hanlin – Writer/Photographer

    Man, I haven’t been to an art museum in too long a time… Time to put that one back on the list. My family and I went to see the Rembrandt exhibit at the DIA a while back, but I was too young to appreciate it. Lovely post!
    ~ Country Girl’s Daybook, recently posted: I do not worship matter.

    • Casey Martin

      Ahhh Rembrandt, I haven’t seen many by him yet… have to add that to the list! :)