Famous Italian Renaissance Painters

Imagine the world of art without the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Donatello or Piero della Fracesca? What if paintings like ‘Monalisa’, ‘The Last Supper’, ‘David’, ‘The School of Athens’, ‘The Assumptions of the Blessed Mary Virgin’ or ‘Gattemelata on Horseback’ never existed? Wouldn’t it be like living sans the soul? Often termed as the Golden period of art, creativity and ingenuity flourished at full swing during the Renaissance period. While the world basked in the works by greatest-ever artists born on Earth, it was Italy that became the epicentre of Renaissance movement. Florence gave birth to Renaissance movement, which expanded to include art, architecture, sculpture and literature. The period saw a great revival of interest in classical learning and values of ancient Greece and Rome. Paintings of that time are even till date unparalleled and of the highest supreme value. Italian Renaissance painters created magic on canvas which was visible in their giant frescos and murals. Most of their works depicted religious images, including subjects such as the Virgin Mary, or Madonna. Today an art form, Renaissance paintings then were worshipped and viewed as devotional objects. Read on and discover some interesting facts about the life and exemplary works of art by Italian Renaissance painters.

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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.

 3 Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli
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Famous As: Early Renaissance Painter
Birthdate: 1445 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
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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 4 Titian

Titian
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1488 AD
Birthplace: Pieve di Cadore, Italy
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.

 5 Giorgio Vasari

Giorgio Vasari
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 30, 1511
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
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.

 6 Tintoretto

Tintoretto
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Famous As: Renaissance Painter
Birthdate: August 14, 1518
Sun Sign: Leo
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 Fra Angelico

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

Leon Battista Alberti
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Famous As: Architect and Principal Initiator of Renaissance Art Theory
Birthdate: February 14, 1404
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: April 25, 1472
Born into an affluent banker family of Florence, Leon Battista Alberti was rumored to be an illegitimate son of his father and a Bolognese widow. The ideal Renaissance man, he later applied mathematical precision to his paintings and architectural work. His written work on art remains invaluable.

 9 Masaccio

Masaccio
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Famous As: Florentine artist
Birthdate: December 21, 1401
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy
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.

 10 Giovanni Bellini

Giovanni Bellini
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Famous As: Renaissance Painter
Birthdate: April 24, 1430
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
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 Andrea del Verrocchio

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

Andrea del Verrocchio was an Italian sculptor, painter, and goldsmith. He was a master of an important workshop in Florence and his pupils included famous men like Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzo di Credi, and Pietro Perugino. As a sculptor, he is best known for his masterpiece, the Equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni in Venice. 

 12 Lorenzo Ghiberti

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

Lorenzo Ghiberti was a Florentine Italian artist considered a major figure of the Early Renaissance. He is best known as the creator of the bronze doors of the Florence Baptistery, also called the Gates of Paradise. He was a trained goldsmith and ran a famous workshop for metal sculpture. His son Vittorio followed in his footsteps as a goldsmith. 

 13 Raphael

Raphael
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Famous As: Painter and Architect of the High Renaissance
Birthdate: April 6, 1483
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Urbino, Italy
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.

 14 Andrea Mantegna

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

 15 Sofonisba Anguissola

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

 16 Paolo Veronese

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

 17 Giorgione

Giorgione
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1477 AD
Birthplace: Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
Died: October 25, 1510

 18 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. 

 19 Domenico Ghirlandaio

Domenico Ghirlandaio
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 2, 1448
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 11, 1494

 20 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. 

 21 Francesco Melzi

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

 22 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

 23 Luca Signorelli

Luca Signorelli
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Famous As: Italian Renaissance painter who was noted in particular for his ability as a draftsman and his use of foreshortening
Birthdate: 1441 AD
Birthplace: Cortona, Italy
Died: October 16, 1523

 24 Sebastiano del Piombo

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

 25 Giulio Romano

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

 26 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

 27 Carlo Crivelli

Carlo Crivelli
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1430 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1495 AD

 28 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

 29 Antonello da Messina

Antonello da Messina
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1430 AD
Birthplace: Messina, Italy
Died: February 19, 1479

 30 Lorenzo Lotto

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

 31 Benozzo Gozzoli

Benozzo Gozzoli
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1420 AD
Birthplace: Scandicci, Italy
Died: October 4, 1497

 32 Pisanello

Pisanello
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1395 AD
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
Died: 1455 AD

 33 Bernardino Luini

Bernardino Luini
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Famous As: Italian painter
Birthdate: 1482 AD
Birthplace: Lake Maggiore
Died: May 31, 1532

 34 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

 35 Francesco del Cossa

Francesco del Cossa
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1430 AD
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: 1477 AD

 36 Dosso Dossi

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

 37 Andrea del Castagno

Andrea del Castagno
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1419 AD
Birthplace: Castagno, Italy
Died: August 19, 1457

 38 Federico Barocci

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

 39 Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio

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

 40 Filarete

Filarete
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 31, 1400
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1469 AD

Best remembered for his Treatise on Architecture, Filarete was a Florentine architect, sculptor, medalist and author. Born Antonio di Pietro Averlino, he was given the name Filarete, meaning lover of excellence, possibly by his teacher Lorenzo Ghiberti. Later, he began working independently, building the bronze central doors of Old St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and Ospedale Maggiore in Milan.

 41 Cennino Cennini

Cennino Cennini
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1360 AD
Birthplace: Colle di Val d'Elsa, Italy
Died: 1427 AD

Chiefly remembered for authoring Il libro dell’arte, Cennino Cennini, a Florentine painter of late Gothic period, followed the tradition of Giotto di Bondone. In this book, which he possibly wrote as a guide book, rather than a practical handbook for apprentice painters, he discusses in details about methods, techniques, and attitudes of medieval artists, providing an insight into their world.

 42 Giovanni Battista Moroni

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

 43 Jacopo Bellini

Jacopo Bellini
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1400 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1470 AD

 44 Fede Galizia

Fede Galizia
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 26, 1578
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 1630 AD

 45 Andrea Solari

Andrea Solari
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1460 AD
Birthplace: Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Died: 1524 AD

 46 Cima da Conegliano

Cima da Conegliano
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1459 AD
Birthplace: Conegliano, Italy
Died: November 30, 1517

 47 Justus van Gent

Justus van Gent
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1410 AD
Birthplace: Flanders, Belgium
Died: 1480 AD

 48 Stefano di Giovanni

Stefano di Giovanni
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1392 AD
Birthplace: SiSiena, Italy
Died: April 1, 1450

 49 Piero del Pollaiolo

Piero del Pollaiolo
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1443 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1496 AD

 50 Bernardo Daddi

Bernardo Daddi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1280 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: August 18, 1348