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.

 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 Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 21, 1471
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: April 6, 1528

Albrecht Durer was a German painter, theorist, and printmaker of the German Renaissance. During his 20s, Durer established his reputation as a popular printmaker across Europe, thanks to his high-quality woodcut prints. His popularity enabled him to work with major Italian artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Giovanni Bellini, and Raphael. Albrecht Durer also influenced generations of artists, especially in printmaking.

 6 El Greco

El Greco
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 1, 1541
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece
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 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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 8 Hans Holbein the Younger

Hans Holbein the Younger
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 2, 1497
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: November 29, 1543

Hans Holbein the Younger was a German printmaker and painter. Regarded as one of the 16th century's greatest portraitists, Holbein was also renowned for producing Reformation propaganda, satire, and religious art. Many of his portraits are now considered cultural icons. Holbein is also credited with contributing immensely to the evolution of book design.

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 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 Fra Angelico

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

 13 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.

 14 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.

 15 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.

 16 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.

 17 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. 

 18 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. 

 19 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.

 20 Andrea Mantegna

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

 21 Sofonisba Anguissola

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

 22 Paolo Veronese

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

 23 Giorgione

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

 24 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. 

 25 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.

 26 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

 27 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. 

 28 Francesco Melzi

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

 29 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

 30 Jean Fouquet

Jean Fouquet
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Famous As: Painter and miniaturist
Birthdate: 1420 AD
Birthplace: Tours, France
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.

 31 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

 32 Sebastiano del Piombo

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

 33 Giulio Romano

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

 34 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

 35 Carlo Crivelli

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

 36 François Clouet

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

 37 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

 38 Antonello da Messina

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

 39 Lorenzo Lotto

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

 40 Hans Baldung

Hans Baldung
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
Died: August 31, 1545

 41 Albrecht Altdorfer

Albrecht Altdorfer
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Regensburg, Germany
Died: February 12, 1538

Albrecht Altdorfer was a German painter, engraver, and architect active during the Renaissance. He predominantly worked in Regensburg, Bavaria. He is considered one of the main representatives of the Danube School of painters. He was one of the first artists to focus on landscape as an independent subject. As an architect, he oversaw the construction of several commercial structures. 

 42 Benozzo Gozzoli

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

 43 Pisanello

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

 44 Bernardino Luini

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

 45 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

 46 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

 47 Antonis Mor

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

 48 Francesco del Cossa

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

 49 Dieric Bouts

Dieric Bouts
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Famous As: Early Netherlandish painter who was among the first northern painters to demonstrate the use of a single vanishing point
Birthdate: 1415 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: 1475 AD

 50 Jean Clouet

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