Famous 16th Century Italian Artists & Painters

Find out more about the greatest 16th Century Italian Painters, including Caravaggio, Sandro Botticelli, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Artemisia Gentileschi

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 1 Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci.
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Famous As: Polymath, Painter
Birthdate: April 15, 1452
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Anchiano, Italy
Died: May 2, 1519

Widely regarded as one of the greatest painters ever, Leonardo da Vinci was an extremely talented polymath. While his work The Mona Lisa became the most famous portrait, his drawing The Vitruvian Man became a cultural icon. A man well ahead of his time, Leonardo is also known for his notes on science and invention.

 2 Michelangelo

Michelangelo.
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: March 6, 1475
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy
Died: February 18, 1564

Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet Michelangelo was a prominent figure of the High Renaissance. He is credited to have influenced the Western art in unprecedented ways. He is widely regarded as the greatest artist of his age and one of the greatest artists of all time. He was equally revered and respected as an architect.

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 3 Caravaggio

Caravaggio.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 29, 1571
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan
Died: July 18, 1610
Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is best remembered for his influence on the Baroque style of painting. He pioneered a tactic known as tenebrism, and combined light and darkness to create his masterpieces. He was known for his erratic and aggressive nature and died under mysterious circumstances.

 4 Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1445 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Republic of Florence
Died: May 17, 1510
Italian painter Sandro Botticelli was one of the most influential figures of the Early Renaissance. His works later influenced the Pre-Raphaelites. He is best known for his iconic works Primavera and The Birth of Venus and his versions of the Madonna and Child. He also painted the Sistine Chapel.

 5 Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 8, 1593
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome
Died: 1656 AD
Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi was a prominent artist of the 17th century. She was the first female member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno and was known for her depiction of the female form. She was raped by painter Agostino Tassi and participated in a 7-month trial.

 6 Tintoretto

Tintoretto.
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Famous As: Renaissance Painter
Birthdate: September 29, 1518
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: May 31, 1594

Tintoretto, also known as Il Furioso, was a significant painter of the Venetian school and is remembered for his phenomenal speed of painting, his long strokes, and his depiction of humans in motion. His most notable works, such as Susanna in the Bath, embody Renaissance mannerism.

 7 Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1527 AD
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: July 11, 1593

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter best remembered for painting human figures, especially portrait heads, without using conventional facial features. His pictures of human heads were often made of objects like vegetables, fruits, flowers, books, and fish. Giuseppe Arcimboldo's works have influenced artists like Salvador Dalí, Shigeo Fukuda, Octavio Ocampo, István Orosz, Sandro del Prete, and Vic Muniz.

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 8 Giorgio Vasari

Giorgio Vasari.
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Famous As: Painter, Architect
Birthdate: July 30, 1511
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arezzo, Tuscany
Died: June 27, 1574

Giorgio Vasari was an Italian architect, painter, writer, engineer, and historian. He is best remembered for his work The Lives, a series of artist biographies, which is regarded as the art-historical writing's ideological foundation. Vasari is also credited with the formulation of the term Renaissance as it was first suggested by Jules Michelet based on Giorgio Vasari's text.

 9 Benvenuto Cellini

Benvenuto Cellini
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Famous As: Goldsmith
Birthdate: November 3, 1500
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: February 13, 1571

Benvenuto Cellini was a 16th-century Italian goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, and artist. The multifaceted artist wrote poetry and a famous autobiography as well. An important figure in Mannerism, he is known for creating pieces, such as the Cellini Salt Cellar and Perseus with the Head of Medusa. He was a member of the prestigious Accademia delle Arti del Disegno of Florence. 

 10 Giovanni Bellini

Giovanni Bellini.
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Famous As: Renaissance Painter
Birthdate: 1430 AD
Birthplace: Venice
Died: November 29, 1516

Giovanni Bellini was an Italian painter who hailed from the famous Bellini family of painters. Giovanni is credited with revolutionizing Venetian painting, shifting it towards a more coloristic and sensuous style. Best remembered for creating paintings with detailed shadings and rich tints, Giovanni's work had a strong influence on the Venetian painting school.

 11 Salai

Salai
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Oreno, Vimercate, Italy
Died: January 19, 1524

 12 Paolo Veronese

Paolo Veronese
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1528 AD
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: April 19, 1588

 13 Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola
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Famous As: painter, artist, visual artist
Birthdate: 1535 AD
Birthplace: Cremona
Died: November 16, 1625

 14 Guido Reni

Guido Reni
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 4, 1575
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: August 18, 1642

 15 Annibale Carracci

Annibale Carracci.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 3, 1560
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bologna
Died: July 15, 1609

Born to a tailor, Annibale Carracci set up a painters’ studio named Accademia degli Incamminati with his brother and cousin, thus establishing the famous Carracci family of painters. A significant figure of the Baroque movement, he is remembered for his iconic works such as Domine, Quo Vadis?

 16 Bronzino

Bronzino
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 17, 1503
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: November 23, 1572

 17 Parmigianino

Parmigianino
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 11, 1503
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Parma, Italy
Died: August 24, 1540

 18 Antonio da Correggio

Antonio da Correggio
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 30, 1489
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Correggio, Italy
Died: March 4, 1534

 19 Francesco Melzi

Francesco Melzi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1491 AD
Birthplace: Italy
Died: 1570 AD

 20 Giambologna

Giambologna
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1529 AD
Birthplace: Douai, France
Died: August 13, 1608

Giambologna was a Flemish sculptor best remembered for his bronze and marble statuary in a Mannerist or late Renaissance style. Among his most important works are Mercury and the Rape of the Sabine Women. He also served as an important influence on other popular sculptors like Pierre Puget, Pietro Tacca, Alessandro Algardi, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. 

 21 Pontormo

Pontormo.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 24, 1494
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Empoli, Italy
Died: January 2, 1557

Pontormo was an Italian Mannerist painter and portraitist from the Florentine School. His style was remarkably different from what characterized the art of the Florentine Renaissance. Orphaned young, he struggled for several years before he was able to establish his painting career. He painted many altarpiece canvases and frescoes, of which only a few survive today. 

 22 Agostino Tassi

Agostino Tassi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1578 AD
Birthplace: PePonzano Romano, Italy
Died: February 25, 1644

 23 Sebastiano del Piombo

Sebastiano del Piombo
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: June 21, 1547

 24 Lavinia Fontana

Lavinia Fontana
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 24, 1552
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: August 11, 1614

 25 Giulio Romano

Giulio Romano
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: 1499 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 1, 1546

 26 Piero di Cosimo

Piero di Cosimo
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 2, 1462
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: April 12, 1522

 27 Lorenzo Lotto

Lorenzo Lotto
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1557 AD

 28 Pietro da Cortona

Pietro da Cortona
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Famous As: Painter, Architect, Artist
Birthdate: November 1, 1596
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cortona
Died: May 16, 1669

 29 Andrea del Sarto

Andrea del Sarto
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 16, 1486
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: September 29, 1530

 30 Cinquecento

Cinquecento
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 31 Il Sodoma

Il Sodoma
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1477 AD
Birthplace: Vercelli, Italy
Died: February 14, 1549

 32 Agostino Carracci

Agostino Carracci
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 16, 1557
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: March 22, 1602

 33 Domenichino

Domenichino
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 21, 1581
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: April 6, 1641

 34 Rosso Fiorentino

Rosso Fiorentino
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Famous As: Painter, Printmaker
Birthdate: March 8, 1494
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Florence
Died: November 14, 1540

 35 Orazio Gentileschi

Orazio Gentileschi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 9, 1563
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
Died: February 7, 1639

 36 Daniele da Volterra

Daniele da Volterra
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1509 AD
Birthplace: Volterra, Italy
Died: April 4, 1566

Daniele da Volterra was a 16th-century Mannerist Italian painter and sculptor. He became an apprentice to painter Perino del Vaga as a young boy and worked alongside him. He later befriended Michelangelo and often collaborated with him. His best-known painting is the Descent from the Cross. He trained many pupils, including painter Michele Alberti. 

 37 Jacopo Bassano

Jacopo Bassano
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1510 AD
Birthplace: Bassano del Grappa, Italy
Died: February 14, 1592

 38 Giovanni Baglione

Giovanni Baglione
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1566 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 30, 1643

 39 Dosso Dossi

Dosso Dossi
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1489 AD
Birthplace: San Giovanni del Dosso, Italy
Died: 1542 AD

 40 Pietro Torrigiano

Pietro Torrigiano
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: November 24, 1472
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: July 31, 1528

Florentine sculptor and painter Pietro Torrigiano was the first to introduce Italian Renaissance art to England. He had studied under Lorenzo de’ Medici and had artists such as Michelangelo as his classmates. Known for the tombs he created in Westminster Abbey, he specialized in bronze art.

 41 Federico Barocci

Federico Barocci
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1535 AD
Birthplace: Urbino, Italy
Died: September 30, 1612

 42 Baldassarre Peruzzi

Baldassarre Peruzzi
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: March 7, 1481
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Died: January 6, 1536

 43 Marcantonio Raimondi

Marcantonio Raimondi
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Famous As: Engraver
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: 1534 AD

 44 Jacopo de' Barbari

Jacopo de' Barbari
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1516 AD

 45 Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio

Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1466 AD
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 1516 AD

 46 Alessandro Allori

Alessandro Allori
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 47 Giovanni Battista Moroni

Giovanni Battista Moroni
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Famous As: Italian painter
Birthdate: 1520 AD
Birthplace: Albino, Italy
Died: February 5, 1579

 48 Jacopo Sansovino

Jacopo Sansovino
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: July 2, 1486
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florence,Italy
Died: November 27, 1570

One of the leading sculptors and architects of the Venetian Renaissance era, Jacopo Sansovino specialized in marble and bronze sculptures. An acquaintance of Pietro Aretino and Titian, he was also made the chief architect of Venice. As a sign of respect, he had adopted his teacher Andrea Sansovino’s surname.

 49 Plautilla Nelli

Plautilla Nelli
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1524 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1588 AD

 50 Federico Zuccari

Federico Zuccari
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1539 AD
Birthplace: Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy
Died: July 20, 1609