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.