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.

 1 Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: April 15, 1452
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
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
Nationality: Italian
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
Nationality: Italian
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
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 17, 1510

 5 Titian

Titian
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1488 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 27, 1576

 6 Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Pieter Bruegel the Elder
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Nationality: Dutch
Died: September 9, 1569
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 7 Pieter Bruegel, the Elder

Pieter Bruegel, the Elder
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Famous As: Flemish artist
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Nationality: Netherlands Antilles
Died: September 9, 1569
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 8 El Greco

El Greco
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 1, 1541
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Spanish, Greek
Died: April 7, 1614
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 9 Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1390 AD
Nationality: Dutch
Died: July 9, 1441

 10 Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1472 AD
Nationality: German
Died: October 16, 1553

 11 Tintoretto

tintoretto
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Famous As: Renaissance Painter
Birthdate: September 29, 1518
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 31, 1594

 12 Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1395 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 18, 1455

 13 Masaccio

Masaccio
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 21, 1401
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1428 AD

 14 Giovanni Bellini

Giovanni Bellini
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Famous As: Renaissance Painter
Birthdate: 1430 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 29, 1516

 15 Pontormo

Pontormo
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 24, 1494
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 2, 1557

 16 Jean Fouquet

Jean Fouquet
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1420 AD
Nationality: French
Died: 1481 AD

 17 Frans Floris

Frans Floris
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 17, 1519
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Belgian
Died: October 1, 1570

 18 Antonis Mor

Antonis Mor
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Famous As: Netherlandish painter
Birthdate: 1517 AD
Nationality: Dutch
Died: 1577 AD

 19 Francesco del Cossa

Francesco del Cossa
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1430 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1477 AD

 20 Bernardino Luini

Bernardino Luini
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Famous As: Italian painter
Birthdate: 1482 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 31, 1532

 21 Dosso Dossi

Dosso Dossi
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1489 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1542 AD

 22 Cennino Cennini

Cennino Cennini
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1360 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1427 AD

 23 Filarete

Filarete
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 31, 1400
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1469 AD

 24 Giovanni Battista Moroni

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

 25 Joos van Cleve

Joos van Cleve
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Nationality: German
Died: 1541 AD

 26 Jacopo Bellini

Jacopo Bellini
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1400 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1470 AD

 27 Jean-Jacques Henner

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

 28 Cima da Conegliano

Cima da Conegliano
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1459 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 30, 1517

 29 Bernard van Orley

Bernard van Orley
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1487 AD
Nationality: Belgian
Died: January 6, 1541

 30 Pedro Berruguete

Pedro Berruguete
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Nationality: Spanish
Died: 1504 AD

 31 Andrea Solari

Andrea Solari
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1460 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1524 AD

 32 Piero del Pollaiolo

Piero del Pollaiolo
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1443 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1496 AD

 33 Shiba Kōkan

Shiba Kōkan
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1747 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: November 19, 1818

 34 Stefano di Giovanni

Stefano di Giovanni
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1392 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 1, 1450

 35 Cosimo Tura

Cosimo Tura
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1430 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1495 AD

 36 Sakai Hōitsu

Sakai Hōitsu
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 1, 1761
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 4, 1828

 37 Konrad Witz

Konrad Witz
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1400 AD
Nationality: German
Died: 1445 AD

 38 Pirro Ligorio

Pirro Ligorio
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: 1512 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: October 30, 1583

 39 Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp

Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 30, 1594
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Dutch
Died: 1652 AD

 40 Watanabe Kazan

Watanabe Kazan
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 20, 1793
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese
Died: November 23, 1841

 41 Albert Huie

Albert Huie
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 31, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Jamaican
Died: January 31, 2010

 42 Bernardo Daddi

Bernardo Daddi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1280 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 18, 1348

 43 Lorenzo Costa

Lorenzo Costa
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1460 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 5, 1535

 44 Nuno Gonçalves

Nuno Gonçalves
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Famous As: Portuguese painter
Birthdate: 1420 AD
Nationality: Portuguese
Died: 1490 AD

 45 Justus van Gent

Justus van Gent
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1410 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1480 AD

 46 Domenico di Pace Beccafumi

Domenico di Pace Beccafumi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1486 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 18, 1551

 47 Pieter Post

Pieter Post
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: May 1, 1608
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch
Died: May 8, 1669

 48 Soga Shōhaku

Soga Shōhaku
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1730 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 30, 1781

 49 Vincenzo Foppa

Vincenzo Foppa
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1427 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1515 AD

 50 Girolamo Savoldo

Girolamo Savoldo
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1548 AD
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