Renaissance Painters

The Renaissance was a rich, dynamic and vibrant era in Europe, marking the period from the 14th to the 17th century. Starting as a cultural movement in Italy in the Late Medieval period, it later spread to the rest of Europe, marking the beginning of the Early Modern Age. Renaissance painting shifted towards a more natural reality as reflected in the works of great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Tiziano Vecelli, a versatile Italian painter and an important member of the 16th-century Venetian school was another artist who deeply influenced the development of Renaissance art. His impact was so profound that generations of future artists in the West continued to be influenced by his techniques. Masaccio, another major figure in Renaissance painting, was considered the best painter of his generation because of his ability to create a convincing sense of three-dimensionality in his works. Flemish painter Hugo van der Goes along with Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling and Dieric Bouts was one of the most important of the Early Netherlandish painters while Giorgione was one of the founders of the distinctive Venetian school of Italian Renaissance painting. Read on to know about the life and works of famous 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.

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 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 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.

 5 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.

 6 El Greco

El Greco.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 1, 1541
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heraklion, Crete
Died: April 7, 1614
Artist Doménikos Theotokópoulos never let anyone forget his Greek heritage and almost always signed his art in Greek letters. Popularly known as El Greco, he was a significant figure of the Spanish Renaissance. His best-known works remain The Burial of the Count of Orgaz and The Assumption of the Virgin.
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 7 Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Breda or nearby, Duchy of Brabant, Habsburg Netherlands (modern-day Netherlands)
Died: September 9, 1569
Sixteenth-century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder is remembered for his depiction of peasants through his paintings. His origins remain elusive, though most of his paintings carried his signature, which made it easy for researchers to trace the evolution of his art. Both his sons, too, became painters.
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 8 Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1390 AD
Birthplace: Maaseik, Belgium
Died: July 9, 1441

Jan van Eyck was a painter best remembered for his Early Northern Renaissance art. He was one of the early innovators of Early Netherlandish painting and one of the most significant painters of his generation. A highly influential painter, Jan van Eyck's style and techniques were adopted by the Early Netherlandish painters.

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 9 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.

 10 Fra Angelico

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

 11 Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1472 AD
Birthplace: Kronach, Germany
Died: October 16, 1553

German painter Lucas Cranach the Elder enriched the German Renaissance with his paintings and wood engravings. A court painter of the Electors of Saxony, he specialized in painting both nudes and ladies in fine clothing, and mostly depicted biblical and mythological themes. He also inspired the Danube school of Austria.

 12 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.

 13 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.

 14 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. 

 15 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. 

 16 Andrea Mantegna

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

 17 Paolo Veronese

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

 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 Matthias Grünewald

Matthias Grünewald
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1470 AD
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
Died: August 31, 1528

German Renaissance painter Matthias Grünewald, also known as Master Mathis, was the court painter of the elector of Mainz. His drawings were mostly made in black chalk. Of his religious works, the Isenheim Altarpiece still survives, though most of his works were destroyed in the Thirty Years' War.

 20 Francesco Melzi

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

Jean Fouquet.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1420 AD
Birthplace: Tours
Died: 1481 AD

Jean Fouquet was a 15th-century French painter and miniaturist. He was highly skilled in panel painting and manuscript illumination and is considered one of the most important painters of his era. The first French artist to travel to Italy, he had a first-hand experience of the early Italian Renaissance. French king Charles VII was among his many patrons.

 23 Antonello da Messina

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

 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 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

 27 Carlo Crivelli

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

 28 François Clouet

François Clouet
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1515 AD
Birthplace: Tours, France
Died: September 22, 1572

 29 Lorenzo Lotto

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

 30 Pisanello

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

 31 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

 32 Bernardino Luini

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

 33 Lucas Cranach the Younger

Lucas Cranach the Younger
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 4, 1515
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wittenberg, Germany
Died: January 25, 1586

 34 Antonis Mor

Antonis Mor
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Famous As: Netherlandish painter
Birthdate: 1517 AD
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: 1577 AD

 35 Francesco del Cossa

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

 36 Jean Clouet

Jean Clouet
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: 1541 AD

 37 Dosso Dossi

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

 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 Joos van Cleve

Joos van Cleve
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Kleve, Germany
Died: 1541 AD

 45 Fede Galizia

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

 46 Jean-Jacques Henner

Jean-Jacques Henner
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 15, 1829
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bernwiller, France
Died: July 23, 1905

 47 Bernard van Orley

Bernard van Orley
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1487 AD
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: January 6, 1541

 48 Pedro Berruguete

Pedro Berruguete
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Paredes de Nava, Spain
Died: 1504 AD

Credited as the first Renaissance painter in Spain, Pedro Berruguete brought back the style to Spain, when he returned home after a short stint in Italy. Initially working in various cities, he finally settled down in Avila, painting the main altarpiece in the convent of San Tomás, drawing heavily from Flemish, Spanish Gothic, and Italian Renaissance, without actually imitating any.

 49 Andrea Solari

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

 50 Frans Floris

Frans Floris
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 17, 1519
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: October 1, 1570
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