Some famous Italian paintings include the Birth of Venus, The Creation of Adam and The Last Supper. Some of the famous Italian artists were Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
One of the most famous paintings by an Italian artist is The Birth of Venus, originally painted by Sandro Botticelli between 1485 and 1487. The Birth of Venus features the goddess Venus. She is sometimes known as Aphrodite in Greek mythology. Venus is coming out of the sea, sitting atop a large shell, which is the myth of her birth. The painting is now held in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Michelangelo created another famous Italian painting, The Creation of Adam, between 1508 and 1512. This painting is featured on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican in Rome. The painting was commissioned by Pope Julius II during the High Renaissance. The ceiling in the Sistine Chapel has nine different scenes from the Book of Genesis. The Creation of Adam was the last scene to be painted. It shows God breathing life into Adam, who was the first man on Earth.
Another famous Italian painting is The Last Supper, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century. This painting is a mural in Milan, located at the back of the dining hall at Santa Maria delle Grazie. It shows the supper when Jesus announces one of this Twelve Apostles betrayed him. The painting was done between 1495 and 1498.