Famous Italian Artists & Painters

Italy is a country that has always boasted of a rich tradition of art and culture. Italian painters from the past several centuries have played significant roles in enriching the world of art with their innovative, stylish, and revolutionary aesthetic ideas. Italy was the centre for art and architecture in ancient Rome. Great Florentine painters like Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Andrea Mantegna, Sandro Botticelli, and Paolo Uccello were prominent figures of Italian Renaissance who also deeply influenced Western arts. The greatest artist of the 15th century was probably Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian polymath who gave the world its beloved ‘Mona Lisa’. Artists like Raphael and Michelangelo dominated the later Renaissance while Annibale Caracci and Caravaggio went on to become the major figures of the Baroque period. The 19th century European art was revolutionized by the Impressionists Giovanni Fattori, Silvestro Lega, Telemaco Signorini, and Giuseppe Abbati who believed that areas of light and shadow were the chief components of a work of art. Keeping up with legacy of their predecessors, contemporary Italian painters Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, and Enzo Cucchi are propagating eclectic modern art. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous Italian painters.

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 1 Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci.
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Famous As: Polymath
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
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.

 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 Burt Young

Burt Young.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Best known for his rough character roles and his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Paulie Pennino in the Rocky film franchise, actor Burt Young had been a boxer during his time in the Marine Corps. He has also contributed to book covers as an illustrator and penned screenplays and the novel Endings.

 6 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.
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 7 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.

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 8 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.
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 9 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.

 10 Pippa Bacca

Pippa Bacca
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: March 31, 2008

Pippa Bacca made international headlines in March 2008, when she was found naked and strangled on the outskirts of Istanbul. The Italian feminist artist had apparently been raped and murdered in the middle of her hitch-hiking program Brides on Tour, which had her traveling from Milan dressed as a bride.

 11 John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 12, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany, 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.   

 12 Julius Evola

Julius Evola.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: May 19, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 11, 1974

Julius Evola was an Italian poet, philosopher, painter, esotericist, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, and occultist. Evola is extremely popular in fringe circles due to his supernatural, magical, and metaphysical beliefs. Due to his traditionalist views on gender, which advocated a purely patriarchal society, Evola is regarded as one of Italy’s most influential fascist racists of all time.

 13 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.

 14 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

 15 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.

 16 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.

 17 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.

 18 Edward Lear

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

 19 Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1395 AD
Birthplace: Vicchio, Italy
Died: February 18, 1455

 20 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.

 21 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.

 22 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

 23 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.

 24 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

 25 Canaletto

Giovanni Antonio Canal.
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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.

 26 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.

 27 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

 28 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

 29 Salai

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

 30 Lorenzo Ghiberti

Lorenzo Ghiberti
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1378 AD
Birthplace: Pelago, Italy
Died: December 1, 1455

 31 Andrea del Verrocchio

Andrea del Verrocchio
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1435 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1488 AD

 32 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: Pisa
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.   

 33 Andrea Mantegna

Andrea Mantegna
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1431 AD
Birthplace: Republic of Venice
Died: September 13, 1506

 34 Cimabue

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

 35 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

 36 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

 37 Sofonisba Anguissola

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

 38 Paolo Veronese

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

 39 Maurizio Cattelan

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

 40 Giorgione

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

 41 Filippo Lippi

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

 42 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.

 43 Domenico Ghirlandaio

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

 44 Romaine Brooks

Romaine Brooks
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 1, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 7, 1970

 45 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.

 46 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

 47 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?

 48 Bronzino

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

 49 Paolo Uccello

Paolo Uccello
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 5, 1397
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pratovecchio, Italy
Died: December 10, 1475

Paolo Uccello was a 15th-century Florentine painter and mathematician. He worked in the Late Gothic tradition and had a style best described as idiosyncratic. As a young man, he was apprenticed to the famous sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti, with whom he collaborated on his later works. His paintings representing the battle of San Romano are considered his best. 

 50 Duccio

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