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.
Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci
15 April 1452
Polymath
MichelangeloMichelangelo
06 March 1475
Sculptor

RaphaelRaphael
1483 AD
Painter

Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli
1445 AD
Painter

TitianTitian
1488 AD
Painter

tintoretto Tintoretto
29 September 1518
Renaissance Painter
MasaccioMasaccio
21 December 1401
Painter

Giovanni BelliniGiovanni Bellini
1430 AD
Renaissance Painter

PontormoPontormo
24 May 1494
Painter
Fra AngelicoFra Angelico
1395 AD
Painter

Bernardino LuiniBernardino Luini
1482 AD
Italian painter
Francesco del CossaFrancesco del Cossa
1430 AD
Painter

Dosso DossiDosso Dossi
1489 AD
Artist

Giovanni Battista MoroniGiovanni Battista Moroni
1520 AD
Italian painter

Cennino CenniniCennino Cennini
1360 AD
Painter

FilareteFilarete
31 October 1400
Architect
Jacopo BelliniJacopo Bellini
1400 AD
Painter

Cima da ConeglianoCima da Conegliano
1459 AD
Painter

Andrea SolariAndrea Solari
1460 AD
Painter

Stefano di GiovanniStefano di Giovanni
1392 AD
Painter
Cosimo TuraCosimo Tura
1430 AD
Painter

Piero del PollaioloPiero del Pollaiolo
1443 AD
Artist
Domenico di Pace BeccafumiDomenico di Pace Beccafumi
1486 AD
Painter

Pirro LigorioPirro Ligorio
1512 AD
Architect

Justus van GentJustus van Gent
1410 AD
Painter
Bernardo DaddiBernardo Daddi
1280 AD
Painter

Lorenzo CostaLorenzo Costa
1460 AD
Painter
FranciabigioFranciabigio
1482 AD
Painter

Il PordenoneIl Pordenone
1484 AD
Painter

Vincenzo FoppaVincenzo Foppa
1427 AD
Painter
Bartolomeo MontagnaBartolomeo Montagna
11 October 1450
Painter

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Giovanni Francesco CarotoGiovanni Francesco Caroto
1480 AD
Painter
Girolamo SavoldoGirolamo Savoldo
1480 AD
Painter

Giovanni Maria FalconettoGiovanni Maria Falconetto
1468 AD
Architect

RomaninoRomanino
1485 AD
Painter

Vincenzo CarducciVincenzo Carducci
1576 AD
Painter
Bartolomeo VivariniBartolomeo Vivarini
1432 AD
Painter
Giovanni Battista CrespiGiovanni Battista Crespi
23 December 1573
Painter

Liberale da VeronaLiberale da Verona
1441 AD
Painter