If you love the beauty and history of art, or just love to learn new things, consider basing your next trip around a gallery (or several). Travel far from home to the world's best museums, or do a little research and find out what art galleries, large or small, are nearby. Check out the top 10 art galleries in the world, and you may find yourself planning a vacation around just one of them alone.
Musee De Louvre
The Louvre in Paris is easily the world's most renowned art gallery. Located in the City of Light, the Louvre contains some of the most impressive and rare collections of paintings in the world. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and “The Virgin on the Rock” are both displayed in the Louvre, and draw crowds in and of themselves. The Louvre itself is an architectural work of art. A visit to Paris cannot be complete without a visit to the Louvre.
The National Gallery
London’s National Gallery has an impressive collection of Western European art. With original paintings by greats such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, this is one of the top art galleries should not be skipped over in a visit to London.
Museo Del Prado
The Museo del Prado in Madrid houses thousands of paintings, drawings, and prints, along with decorative medals and coins. An incredible collection of famous Spanish paintings and works of art have been procured by the museum. Among the works of art are pieces by El Greco, Francisco Goya, and Diego Valesquez.
The Metropolitan Museum
The Met, as it is often referred to, covers 5,000 years worth of art. This New York museum is the largest of its kind and is one of the top art galleries in the world. It houses a stunning amount of artwork; from ancient Greece and Egypt to early American paintings, the Met has it all.
State Tretyakov Gallery
The Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow will delight you with a deep range of Russian art and history. Besides famous Russian paintings, this gallery is also the home of a number of famous socialist realism sculptures.
National Archeological Museum
This Athens, Greece museum is perfect for those who find archeology intriguing, or for those who are studying archeology. See artifacts which have been recovered from archeological sites from all across Greece and other parts of the world like Egypt, and the Near East.
Rome is the home of the Vatican Museum which has, over the years, built up a large collection of Roman Catholic art, including Raphael’s greatest work, “The School of Athens” making this one of the top art galleries.
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy provides visitors with a beautiful glance of Italy’s artistic history. With a large collection of paintings and sculptures, many owned originally by the famous Medici family, this museum is a feast for the eyes.
The National Gallery of Art
Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art focuses on art from the 13th century and onward. The museum focuses both on modern art and older sculptures and paintings from the Middle Ages to the 1800s. The two categories are split between two different buildings.
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago’s premier art museum focuses on both classical and modern art. The museum has a great collection of French Impressionist art, along with art from many other different periods, and from other parts of the world.
The top 10 art galleries in the above list are certainly not the only worthwhile galleries in the world. No matter where you are vacationing, look up the closest art galleries. Even some of the smallest galleries can have interesting and enlightening pieces.
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