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 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.

 2 Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1445 AD
Nationality: Italian
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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 3 Titian

Titian
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1488 AD
Nationality: Italian
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.

 4 El Greco

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 1, 1541
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Spanish, Greek
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.

 5 Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Pieter Bruegel the Elder
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Nationality: Dutch
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.

 6 Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1390 AD
Nationality: Dutch
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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 7 Fra Angelico

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

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Famous As: Renaissance Painter
Birthdate: September 29, 1518
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
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.

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 9 Lucas Cranach the Elder

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

 10 Masaccio

Masaccio
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 21, 1401
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
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.

 11 Giovanni Bellini

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Famous As: Renaissance Painter
Birthdate: 1430 AD
Nationality: Italian
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.

 12 Pontormo

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

 13 Jean Fouquet

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

 14 Bernardino Luini

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

 15 Francesco del Cossa

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

 16 Antonis Mor

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

 17 Dosso Dossi

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

 18 Filarete

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

 19 Giovanni Battista Moroni

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

 20 Cennino Cennini

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

 21 Jacopo Bellini

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

 22 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

 23 Bernard van Orley

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

 24 Pedro Berruguete

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

 25 Andrea Solari

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

 26 Frans Floris

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

 27 Cima da Conegliano

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

 28 Stefano di Giovanni

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

 29 Justus van Gent

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

 30 Bernardo Daddi

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

 31 Piero del Pollaiolo

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

 32 Bartolomeo Montagna

Bartolomeo Montagna
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 11, 1450
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Died: October 11, 1523

 33 Konrad Witz

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

 34 Giovanni Francesco Caroto

Giovanni Francesco Caroto
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 29, 1555

 35 Lorenzo Costa

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

 36 Watanabe Kazan

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

 37 Shiba Kōkan

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

 38 Nuno Gonçalves

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

 39 Sakai Hōitsu

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

 40 Pieter Post

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

 41 Girolamo Savoldo

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

 42 Vincenzo Foppa

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

 43 Il Pordenone

Il Pordenone
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1484 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 14, 1539

 44 Nicolas Froment

Nicolas Froment
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1435 AD
Nationality: French
Died: 1486 AD

 45 Alexandre-François Desportes

Alexandre-François Desportes
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 24, 1661
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: April 20, 1743

 46 Jean Bérain the Elder

Jean Bérain the Elder
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Famous As: Draughtsman
Birthdate: June 4, 1640
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: January 24, 1711

 47 Hans von Marées

Hans von Marées
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: June 5, 1887

 48 Soga Shōhaku

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

 49 Albert Huie

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

 50 Franciabigio

Franciabigio
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1482 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 24, 1525
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