Why not combine your next holiday with your passion for art? There are so many beautiful places to visit in the world that you’ll be spoilt for choice and the artwork you see could inspire you to create your very own masterpiece when you get back home.
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Whether you prefer classical art or contemporary, you’ll be left speechless when you view the magnificent Sistine chapel in the Vatican. It’s truly spectacular. As you gaze up above, your tour guide will reveal the history and stories behind Michelangelo’s greatest work. Another highlight of the Vatican tour is having the opportunity to peek inside the apartments of Pope Julius II, Pope Alexander VI and Pope Pius V which were decorated by some of history’s finest artists and sculptors.
If you can, visit St. Peter's Basilica to see Pietà by Michelangelo. It depicts Mary cradling Jesus after he died and is extremely life like. It was carved from a single piece of marble. You should also visit the Borghese Gallery, which is famous for having one of the best art collections in the world.
If you’ve never seen the Mona Lisa with your own eyes, then you should hop on the Eurostar or catch a flight to Paris pronto. It’s on display at the Louvre, which is the largest museum in the world.
You can easily spend a day or two here, there are over 7,000 paintings on display, including Jacques-Louis David's The Coronation of Napoleon and Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People. Plus, there’s around 30,000 other pieces of art, including da Vinci’s famous sculpture The Dying Slave.
If you like contemporary art and photography then make sure you dedicate part of your holiday to visiting The Centre Pompidou, Espace Claude Berri and the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain.
This wonderful city has thousands of art galleries and museums for you to discover. It’s the home of graffiti and street art so why not take a free walking tour during your holiday? Even if street art isn’t your thing you won’t be able to help but admire the work and effort that’s gone into every piece.
You can’t go all the way to New York without checking out the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Museum of Modern Art has countless masterpieces on display by Cézanne, Matisse, Magritte, Pollock and Warhol to name just a few. There’s also a collection of 22,000 films and plenty of special exhibitions to grab your interest. It’s located between Fifth and Sixth Avenue, whereas The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) is located on the eastern side of Central Park. It’s home to some of Rembrandt and Van Gogh’s best work and is the largest museum in America. Its art collections contain pieces from virtually every country in the world.
If you’re a fan of Pablo Picasso or Wassily Kandinsky, you should try to spend an afternoon at the eye-catching Guggenheim Museum if you can. If, however, you’d prefer to see art by living artists, make sure you head to the Whitney Museum of American Art. You might even get to listen to a lecture or two by a leading American artist or sculptor.
Wherever you decide to go on holiday, why not start as you mean to go on by visiting an Aspire Lounge in the airport. You’ll be able to relax in comfort as you await your flight.