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 John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 12, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: April 14, 1925

John Singer Sargent, an artist active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was considered the "leading portrait painter of his generation." Prolific in his output, he created more than 2,000 watercolors and around 900 oil paintings. He also made numerous sketches and charcoal drawings. He painted with remarkable technical acumen and was internationally known for his expertise.   

 2 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.

 3 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. 

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 4 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. 

 5 Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 13, 2017

Known as the Rolling Stones muse, for her affairs with at least two of the iconic rock band’s members, Anita Pallenberg was an actor-model. The Rolling Stones tracks such as You Got The Silver and Angie were inspired by her. She had also studied fashion designing after recovering from drug addiction.

 6 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

Italian architect, artist, and archaeologist Giovanni Battista Piranesi is best known for his 16-print series name The Prisons. His remarkable etchings of the famous landmarks of Rome exhibited his unique etching technique, which involved contrasts of light and shade. He made about 2,000 plates throughout his life.

 7 Canaletto

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Famous As: Painter, Landscape Artist
Birthdate: October 18, 1697
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
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.

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 8 Giorgio Morandi

Giorgio Morandi
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Famous As: Painter and printmaker who specialized in still life
Birthdate: July 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: June 18, 1964

Italian painter and printmaker Giorgio Morandi is best remembered for his remarkable still life paintings of subjects such as vases, boxes, bottles, and flowers. Though he was hugely inspired by the works of Paul Cézanne, his paintings, known for their gentle, subdued tones, do not fit in any specific school of painting.

 9 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.

 10 Edward Lear

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

Renowned for his absurdism and wit, Edward Lear was a British poet who popularized literary nonsense. A talented painter, too, he had worked for the London Zoo, illustrating birds, and had later released illustrated travel books. A pioneer of the modern limerick, he penned the iconic poem The Owl and the Pussycat.

 11 Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola
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Famous As: Renaissance painter
Birthdate: 1532 AD
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: November 16, 1625

 12 Cimabue

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

Italian painter and mosaicist Cimabue was one of the last Byzantine artists. His frescoes adorn the upper church of S. Francesco, Assisi. Though not much is known about his life, Cimabue found a mention in Dante’s Purgatorio, the second part of the iconic narrative poem The Divine Comedy.

 13 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. 

 14 Bronzino

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

 15 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. 

 16 Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass
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Famous As: Design the first Italian mainframe computer, the Elea 9003, which won the 1959 Compasso d'Oro
Birthdate: September 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Innsbruck, Austria
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.

 17 Salai

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

Italian artist Gian Giacomo Caprotti, better known by his pseudonym, Andrea Salaì, or Salai, had been one of Leonardo da Vinci’s favorite pupils. Also known as the Little Devil, he had entered da Vinci’s home at age 10 and later became his muse for paintings such as Bacchus and also his lover.

 18 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

 19 Filippo Lippi

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

 20 Pietro Perugino

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

 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 Parmigianino

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

 23 Giovanni Boldini

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Famous As: Former Painter known as the "Master of Swish" because of his flowing style of painting
Birthdate: December 31, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: January 11, 1931

 24 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

 25 Francesco Hayez

Francesco Hayez
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 10, 1791
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: February 12, 1882

 26 Luigi Russolo

Luigi Russolo
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Famous As: First noise artist
Birthdate: April 30, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portogruaro, Italy
Died: February 4, 1947

 27 Sara Pichelli

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

 28 Vittore Carpaccio

Vittore Carpaccio
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Famous As: Former painter best known for a cycle of nine paintings, The Legend of Saint Ursula
Birthdate: 1465 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1525 AD

 29 Fornasetti

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

 30 Gino Severini

Gino Severini
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Famous As: Painter and a leading member of the Futurist movement
Birthdate: April 7, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cortona, Italy
Died: February 26, 1966

 31 Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 19, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Died: September 7, 1968

Lucio Fontana was an Argentine-Italian painter, sculptor, and theorist best known as the founder of Spatialism. The son of a sculptor, he followed in his father’s footsteps and studied at Accademia di Brera under the tutelage of sculptor Adolfo Wildt. He was prolific painter and held numerous stagings and exhibitions of his works. He was a co-founder of the Altamira Academy. 

 32 Hugo Pratt

Hugo Pratt
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Painter, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rimini
Died: August 20, 1995

 33 Piero Manzoni

Piero Manzoni
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Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: July 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Soncino
Died: February 6, 1963

 34 Agostino Tassi

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

 35 Francesco Clemente

Francesco Clemente
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Famous As: Former contemporary artist who was among the principal figures in the Italian Transavanguardia movement of the 1980s
Birthdate: March 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

 36 Elisabetta Sirani

Elisabetta Sirani
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 8, 1638
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: August 28, 1665

 37 Gentile Bellini

Gentile Bellini
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1429 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: February 23, 1507

Gentile Bellini was an Italian painter affiliated with the school of Venice. He hailed from Venice's leading family of painters and was the official portrait artist for the Doges of Venice. He worked for the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in Constantinople for several months. He was a co-founder of the Orientalist tradition in Western painting.  

 38 Dino Buzzati

Dino Buzzati
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belluno, Italy
Died: January 28, 1972

Dino Buzzati was an Italian novelist, writer, painter, and poet. He studied law at the University of Milan and embarked on a career as a journalist. He served in Africa, as a journalist, with the Regia Marina, during World War II. He began writing fiction in the 1930s and published several novels, plays, and short stories. 

 39 Simone Martini

Simone Martini
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Famous As: Major figure in the development of early Italian painting and greatly influenced the development of the International Gothic style
Birthdate: 1284 AD
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Died: June 30, 1344

 40 Maria Cosway

Maria Cosway
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 11, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 5, 1838

 41 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

 42 Filippino Lippi

Filippino Lippi
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Famous As: Former painter working in Florence, Italy during the later years of the Early Renaissance and first few years of the High Renaissance
Birthdate: April 15, 1457
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prato, Italy
Died: April 18, 1504

 43 Giuseppe Castiglione

Giuseppe Castiglione
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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: July 19, 1688
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: July 17, 1766

 44 Gino Paoli

Gino Paoli
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Monfalcone, Italy

 45 Ambrogio Lorenzetti

Ambrogio Lorenzetti
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1290 AD
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Died: June 9, 1348

 46 Pinturicchio

Pinturicchio
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Famous As: Painter, illuminator
Birthdate: 1454 AD
Birthplace: Perugia
Died: December 11, 1513

 47 Giovanni Paolo Panini

Giovanni Paolo Panini
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 17, 1691
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Piacenza, Italy
Died: October 21, 1765

 48 Pietro da Cortona

Pietro da Cortona
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Famous As: Former Baroque painter and architect
Birthdate: November 1, 1596
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cortona, Italy
Died: May 16, 1669

 49 Carlo Levi

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 29, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: January 4, 1975

Best known for his iconic documentary novel Christ Stopped at Eboli, Italian painter and author Carlo Levi had also studied medicine. His anti-fascist ideals and political activism got him exiled to Lucania. He was part of the neorealist and contemporary movements. He had also been a senator of the Italian parliament.

 50 Eugene de Blaas

Eugene de Blaas
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 24, 1843
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albano Laziale, Italy
Died: February 10, 1931