Famous Italian Artists

Find out more about the greatest Italian Artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Amedeo Modigliani.

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 1 Raphael

Raphael
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1483 AD
Birthplace: Urbino
Died: April 6, 1520

Italian painter and architect Raphael, along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, formed the great trio who ushered in the High Renaissance. He is mostly known for his frescoes of the Vatican Palace and The School of Athens. He also designed the Chigi Chapel, among other structures in Rome.

 2 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.
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 3 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.

 4 Donatello

Donatello
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1386 AD
Birthplace: Florence
Died: December 13, 1466

Donatello was an Italian sculptor best remembered for his most famous work, David, which is often viewed as the first major work of Renaissance sculpture. Donatello is one of the most popular Italian sculptors of all time. He was played by English actor Ben Starr in a historical drama TV series titled Medici: Masters of Florence.

 5 Titian

Titian
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1488 AD
Birthplace: Pieve di Cadore
Died: August 27, 1576
Trained by Giovanni Bellini as a boy, Titian also joined hands with Giorgione to work on a number of frescoes. The Renaissance artist is regarded as one of the key figures of the Venetian school and is remembered for his masterpieces such as the three miracles of Anthony of Padua.

 6 Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani
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Famous As: Painter & Sculptor
Birthdate: July 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Livorno
Died: January 24, 1920

Amedeo Modigliani was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor. He is remembered for his surrealist and modern-style depiction of nudes in his portraits. Even though he spent his youth in Italy, he worked mainly in France. He enjoyed little success while he was alive. He died young at the age of 35 and received massive posthumous appreciation for his works.

 7 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.
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 8 Giotto

Giotto
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1267 AD
Birthplace: Florence
Died: January 8, 1337

Fourteenth-century Italian painter and architect Giotto was one of the chief figures of the Early Renaissance. Mostly taught by Florentine painter Cimabue, Giotto grew up to paint masterpieces such as the frescoes of the Arena Chapel in Padua. He works consisted of human beings and Christian themes.

 9 Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 10, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Volos
Died: November 20, 1978

Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, the founder of the scuola metafisica art movement, showed marked influence of his childhood spent in Greece in his work. His metaphysical paintings showcased empty cityscapes, mannequins, trains, and towers. His notable works include The Child's Brain and The Enigma of an Autumn Afternoon.

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 Masaccio

Masaccio
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 21, 1401
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Giovanni Valdarno
Died: 1428 AD

Masaccio was a Florentine artist best remembered for his skills at recreating lifelike figures and imitating nature. Widely regarded as the best painter of his generation, Masaccio employed foreshortenings and nudes in his paintings, which were rarely seen at that time. He is also considered the first great Italian artist of the Quattrocento period.

 14 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.

 15 Vincenzo Peruggia

Vincenzo Peruggia
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Famous As: Thief
Birthdate: October 8, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dumenza, Italy
Died: October 8, 1925

 16 Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Giovanni Battista Piranesi
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: October 4, 1720
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: November 9, 1778

 17 Canaletto

Canaletto
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 28, 1697
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Venice
Died: April 19, 1768

Canaletto was an Italian painter who achieved popularity in England as his works were largely appreciated by King George III. Regarded as one of the most prominent representatives of the 18th-century Venetian school, Canaletto was also renowned for his skills as a printmaker.

 18 Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: November 1, 1757
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Possagno, Italy
Died: October 13, 1822

Antonio Canova was an Italian Neoclassical sculptor widely regarded as the greatest of the Neoclassical artists. He was famous for his marble sculptures. His work was inspired by the Baroque and the classical revival. His most notable works include Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss and Perseus Triumphant. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he refused to take in pupils. 

 19 Salai

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

 20 Giorgio Morandi

Giorgio Morandi
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Famous As: Painter, Teacher, Soldier, Etcher, University teacher
Birthdate: July 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bologna
Died: June 18, 1964

 21 Francesco Redi

Francesco Redi
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Famous As: Physician, Naturalist, Poet, Writer, Painter, Entomologist, Parasitologist
Birthdate: February 18, 1626
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: April 22, 1698

Called the founder of experimental biology and father of modern parasitology, Italian physician, biologist, naturalist and poet Francesco Redi did the first major experiment to challenge spontaneous generation. His book Esperienze intorno alla generazione degl'insetti includes most of his famous experiments, while his poem book Bacco in Toscana is counted among the finest works of 17th-century Italian poetry.   

 22 Romano Mussolini

Romano Mussolini
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: September 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Forli, Italy
Died: February 3, 2006

Italian jazz-pianist, painter and film producer Romano Mussolini, youngest son of fascist dictator of Italy Benito Mussolini, developed interest in music during childhood. He played jazz under the assumed name Romano Full following the Second World War and formed a leading Italian jazz band, Romano Mussolini All Stars, which spawned albums like Jazz Allo Studio 7 and At the Santa Tecla.

 23 Cimabue

Cimabue
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1240 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1302 AD

 24 Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Artist
Birthdate: October 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria
Died: August 17, 1916

Umberto Boccioni was an Italian painter and sculptor credited to have shaped the revolutionary aesthetic of the Futurism movement. Even though he died at the young age of 33, he left behind a rich legacy as an artist. He was of a rebellious nature and played a key role in the development of the Futurism movement. 

 25 Edward Lear

Edward Lear
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 12, 1812
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Holloway
Died: January 29, 1888

 26 Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
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Famous As: Painter, Printmaker
Birthdate: March 5, 1696
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice
Died: March 27, 1770

Eighteenth-century Italian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was a significant figure of the Rococo movement. Son of a shipping merchant, Tiepolo gained fame with his iconic creations such as The Sacrifice of Isaac. He was determined he wouldn’t leave Venice and often sent his paintings abroad instead of traveling to paint.

 27 Sofonisba Anguissola

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

 28 Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Padua, Italy

Maurizio Cattelan is an Italian artist best known for his hyperrealistic sculptures and installations. He has a satirical approach to art and is often considered a joker or prankster of the art world. His works have been exhibited internationally in museums. One of his best-known works is America, a fully functional toilet made of solid gold. 

 29 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. 

 30 Giorgione

Giorgione
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1478 AD
Birthplace: Castelfranco Veneto
Died: October 25, 1510

 31 Filippo Lippi

Filippo Lippi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1406 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: October 8, 1469

 32 Domenico Ghirlandaio

Domenico Ghirlandaio
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: June 2, 1448
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence
Died: January 20, 1494

 33 Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 1415 AD
Birthplace: Tuscany
Died: October 12, 1492

Early Renaissance Italian painter Piero della Francesca was probably the son of a tanner or a shoemaker and was well-versed in Latin. His frescoes, such as The Legend of the True Cross, exhibited perspective with simplicity. He also applied his knowledge of geometry to his art.

 34 Bronzino

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

 35 Milo Manara

Milo Manara
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Famous As: Cartoonist, Illustrator, Writer, Artist
Birthdate: September 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lüsen

Milo Manara is an Italian comic book writer and artist best known for his erotic comics and illustrations. He studied architecture and painting, following which he made his debut as a comic illustrator. His works have appeared in several magazines, including Charlie Mensuel, Pilote, and Terror. He has also drawn low print variant covers for issues of Marvel comic books. 

 36 Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass
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Famous As: Architect, Designer, Painter
Birthdate: September 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Innsbruck
Died: December 31, 2007

Born in Austria, Ettore Sottsass later moved to Italy, where his architect father was posted. He had been part of the Italian army during World War II. Initially part of the Memphis Group, he later formed his own architectural consultancy, Sottsass Associati. His works later became symbolic of pop culture.

 37 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?

 38 Duccio

Duccio
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: 1255 AD
Birthplace: Siena
Died: 1319 AD

 39 Giacomo Balla

Giacomo Balla
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 18, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: March 1, 1958

 40 Pietro Perugino

Pietro Perugino
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1446 AD
Birthplace: Città della Pieve, Italy
Died: 1523 AD

 41 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. 

 42 Parmigianino

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

 43 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

 44 Luigi Russolo

Luigi Russolo
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Famous As: Composer, Painter, Artist, Musical instrument maker
Birthdate: April 30, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portogruaro
Died: February 4, 1947

 45 Francesco Hayez

Francesco Hayez
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 10, 1791
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Venice
Died: December 21, 1881

 46 Sara Pichelli

Sara Pichelli
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porto Sant'Elpidio, Italy

 47 Fornasetti

Fornasetti
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: October 15, 1988

 48 Vittore Carpaccio

Vittore Carpaccio
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: 1465 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1520 AD

 49 Salvator Rosa

Salvator Rosa
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 20, 1615
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arenella
Died: March 15, 1673

Baroque painter and poet Salvator Rosa was born near Naples, to a land surveyor father, who wanted him to become a priest or a lawyer. However, Rosa deviated to art. Initially devoted to landscapes, he later focused on religious art. He is remembered as a pioneer of the Neapolitan school.

 50 Gino Severini

Gino Severini
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 7, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cortona
Died: February 25, 1966