If you enjoy art and believe in its power, you likely enjoy visiting galleries and museums to take it in and enjoy its impact. Art is, indeed, one of the most powerful mediums we have at our disposal, and when you view art from around the world, you get to learn about other cultures and people. Whether you’re planning an international trip soon or are simply interested in learning about international galleries, this list of the top collections may give you some ideas for your travel plans. Art around the world is beckoning you to visit and see.
France, Switzerland and Russia are just a few of the countries you might be inspired to visit after reading this list. Whether you’re a Van Gogh enthusiast or an admirer of contemporary art, you can find your fix at one of the world class galleries.
Le Louvre in France
No art gallery list could be complete without mentioning Le Louvre. Though it is a seemingly obligatory inclusion, it is also a completely necessary one. The museum’s reputation for greatness is not overstated. Masterpieces such as da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and a collection of Egyptian artifacts make the gallery one of the most renowned in the world, and with good reason. The collections range in age from antiquity to the mid-nineteenth century, and its astute collections continue to draw tourists from around the world. If you are in Paris, Le Louvre is the place to go for art.
State Hermitage in Russia
Some of the architecture itself may qualify as works of art in St. Petersburg, but it is in the State Hermitage that you will find the true art—over three million unique items, to be exact. Some of the specialized collections include Egyptian antiques, pieces from the Knight’s Hall, Italian Renaissance art and prehistoric art. Six buildings total house all of the pieces, and it is the top art gallery in all of Russia. Visitors who want to browse the collections can access it through the Winter Palace, and take in all of the architectural feats featured therein, too.
The Prado in Spain
Spain rivals the like of France and Russia with its own internationally-renowned art museum. The Museo del Prado, or simply the Prado, is home to some of the most famous paintings in existence. Raphael, Rubens Caravaggio and Veronese are a few of the masters on display in this beautiful gallery. The royal family continues to support the gallery, as is traditional, and the tradition has suited the Prado well. Through the centuries, royal families have amassed a considerable wealth of pieces, and it only continues to become more impressive as the collections in the museum continue to grow.
Galerie Gmurzynska in Switzerland
Switzerland is renowned for its beautiful scenery and enticing natural features, but its world class gallery should not be overlooked as a main attraction. The Galerie Gmurzynska is home to many modern classics and contemporary pieces that draw visitors from around the world to view and enjoy. Prospective visitors who are interested in learning more cam visit the Galerie Gmurzynska Facebook for more information on the gallery’s hours and tour availability. The Galerie Gmurzynska Facebook also offers a preview of some of the gallery’s most interesting exhibits and attractions, so if you’d like to plan in advance, you can.
Uffizi Gallery in Italy
Of all the attractions in Florence, one of the most majestic is the Galleria delgi Uffizi, also known as the Uffizi Gallery. This incredible feat of art and artistry houses one of the most instantly recognizable paintings of all time—“The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli. It’s hardly the only work of note, however, and visitors can guide themselves through the expansive collections by embarking on a solo tour or joining one that is guided by the staff. The gallery’s specialty, of course, is the famed Italian painters, so you can expect to see Renaissance, medieval, Mannerist and Baroque works.
Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum is the Dutch national museum, located in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. More specifically, it is located in the appropriately named Museum Square, and its gallery is home to such masters as Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals. The gallery isn’t just a renowned house of art, though. It’s also been at the forefront of technology ever since it pioneered a system to share high resolution images of art in 2002. You can see the originals, however, at the gallery and take in some of the most beautiful art in the country.
These galleries are some of the most famed and esteemed in the world. Any art lover will be struck by wanderlust just by reading about them, but you can turn that wanderlust into reality by booking a ticket to any of these places. What could possibly be better than embarking on an international art vacation?