From Stone Age to postmodernism, realism to surrealism, and from Byzantine to Neoclassical: the museums in Europe are a repository of many renowned artifacts that had shaped and transformed the art genre remarkably. Whether it is oil paintings, sculptures, frescos, and many other forms of artworks, the museums in Europe is Mecca for art lovers.
One of the precious treasures of this continent is its history. Historically, it has influenced and collected numerous historical pieces and artifacts from every part of the world. Now, Europe has many exhibits to show and they are showcased in various museums spreading throughout the continent.
On different concern, a tour to Europe will be incomplete without a trip to some of the Museums; therefore, most of the Europe travel packages have special schedules for them. Some of these museums have the crown for being best in the world.
Scroll down to find some of the famous museums that store infamous artworks:
This massive museum showcases many prominent artifacts from every age. But the beauty of this art-heaven does not stop only with its collections. The Building itself is one of the aesthetic architecture of 10th century. The museum was originally built as a fortress in 1190. It was until the 16th century when the building was enlisted as Royal Palace. From then, the building has gone through many restoration and expansion. Now, the museum covers 652,300 square feet of area.
Louvre displays around 35000 artifacts from 6th century B.C. to 19th century A.D. It is divided into sections, namely: Paintings, Sculptures, Decorative arts, Islamic art, Egyptian antiques, Near Eastern antiques, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiques, and Prints and drawings.
You can find the infamous Mona Lisa at Louvre. This 21 by 30 inches painting attracts millions of visitors per year. Mona Lisa is indeed the finest piece of art: it is a subtle, magnificent and amazing display of impressive talent. Being stolen in 1910, this artwork got significant fame through the various controversies; however, it was recovered after three years.
Another impressive artwork is the stupendous ‘Winged Victory of Samothrace’. The 8.01 ft long statue of Greek Goddess Nike was crafted in 2nd century B.C. and considered as a masterpiece from Hellenistic age. The Goddess of victory stands on the prow of a ship sailing against the wind and waves. The stature of the statue is masterly crafted in spiraling effects, where the female shape is revealed through transparent clothing and it demonstrates her struggle with breezes through calculated shapes and dimensions.
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
One of the Largest Museums in the World, this place displays 3 million exhibits from different times and land. In 1764, the museum was constructed to store the huge collection of Western European Paintings by the emperor Catherine the great. However, from 1842 to 1851 Leo Von Klenze shaped the modern Hermitage and declared it as emperor museum.
Most notable artists in the museum are Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Rafael. The museum also displays various French and ancient Greek jewelry.
One of the most prominent artworks of this museum is Michelangelo’s crouching boy. The marble statue presents typical Michelangelo’s artwork with impressive details. However, the statue is not a completed work of Michelangelo.
The British Museum, London
In 1759, the British Museum was opened for public. This was the very first account of any repository to open for public and there were no charges for the visit. Still, now, British Museum welcomes millions of visitors from different part of the world and it is completely free to visit.
British Museum presents most precious and astonishing exhibits for common people to comprehend and encounter the antiquities, culture, and arts from various societies and civilizations of different ages.
The most attractive artifact of this museum is the heritage gem The Rosetta Stone. The tablet is a decree passed on the first anniversary of the coronation of Egyptian Pharaoh Ptolemy V. This is the most precious piece of history that demonstrates the culture and system of lost Egyptian civilization.
Another interesting artifact of the museum is the Lewis Chessmen: the collected chess pieces that crafted in walrus ivory and whale bones. The artwork dates back to sometime in the 12th century. You can see the imitation of this artwork in the famous movie ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’.
The Elgin Marbles are the priceless exhibits that you will find in the British Museum. Being the part of Parthenon on the Acropolis in Greece, the marbles show impressive work of art and innovation. The Greece government campaigns for the return of the marbles, especially after the inauguration of New Acropolis Museum. However, the museum replied that the marbles are safer and presented to wide crowds.
Additionally, there are many breathtaking artifacts available in museums: for instance, the mummy of Katebet, Aztec Double-headed serpent, Hoa Hakananai’a, the Vindolanda tablets and many others.
The Final Word
Europe is filled with museums and art galleries. The above three museums are the massive and famous not just in Europe but also all over the world. However, there are many others that worth your visit. Make sure that your Europe travel packages include a trip to all these three museums.