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List of famous Italian Renaissance artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Italian Renaissance movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Italian Renaissance period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Italian Renaissance artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

With artists ranging from Michelangelo to Raphael, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Italian Renaissance artists?" and "Who are the best Italian Renaissance artists?"

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented ...more

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Artworks: Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Bacchus, Adoration of the Magi Annunciation, + more

Birthplace: Europe, Vinci, Eurasia, Italy Southern Europe, + more

Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance

Nationality: Italy, Republic of Florence

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Michelangelo


Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, he has ...more

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Artworks: David, The Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel ceiling, Pietà Bacchus, + more

Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy

Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

Nationality: Italy

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

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#31 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Raphael is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Raphael


Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, known as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms ...more

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Artworks: Saint George and the Dragon, Sistine Madonna, The School of Athens, Galatea Aldobrandini Madonna, + more

Birthplace: Urbino, Italy

Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

Nationality: Italy

Art Forms: Painting, Drawing

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#42 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

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Donatello is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Donatello


During the early 1400s, he produced sculptures that won him critical acclaim, and he pionerred the field of schiacciato. ...more

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Artworks: David, The Crucifixion, Judith and Holofernes, Virgin and Child Penitent Magdalene

Birthplace: Florence, Italy

Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

Nationality: Italy, Republic of Florence

Art Forms: Sculpture, Drawing

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Sandro Botticelli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Sandro Botticelli


Sandro Botticelli was one of the most famous painters of the Renaissance period, and he was one of five painters chosen by Pope Sixtus IV in 1481 to adorn the Sistine Chapel with a series of religious frescos. ...more

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Artworks: The Birth of Venus, Primavera, The Mystical Nativity, Madonna and Child and Two Angels Madonna del Padiglione, + more

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Florence Southern Europe, + more

Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance, Florentine School, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

Nationality: Italy

Art Forms: Painting

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#72 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Titian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Titian


Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio, known in English as Titian, was an Italian painter, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. He was born in Pieve di Cadore, near Belluno. During his lifetime he was often called da Cadore, taken from the place of his birth. Other writers ...more

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Artworks: Bacchus and Ariadne, Assumption of the Virgin, Pastoral Concert, Venus and Adonis The Entombment of Christ, + more

Birthplace: Veneto, Province of Belluno, Eurasia, Pieve di Cadore Italy

Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

Nationality: Italy

Art Forms: Painting

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Filippino Lippi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Filippino Lippi


Filippino Lippi was an Italian painter working during the High Renaissance in Florence, Italy. ...more

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Artworks: Madonna with Child and Saints, Adoration of the Magi, Tobias and the Angel, Annunziata Polyptych Apparition of Christ to the Virgin, + more

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Prato Southern Europe, + more

Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance

Nationality: Italy

Art Forms: Fresco, Painting

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Andrea Mantegna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Andrea Mantegna


Andrea Mantegna was an Italian painter, a student of Roman archeology, and son-in-law of Jacopo Bellini. Like other artists of the time, Mantegna experimented with perspective, e.g., by lowering the horizon in order to create a sense of greater monumentality. His flinty, metallic landscapes and ...more

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Artworks: Lamentation of Christ, Adoration of the Magi, The Madonna of the Cherubim, St. Sebastian Presentation at the Temple, + more

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe

Associated periods or movements: Paduan School, Italian Renaissance

Nationality: Italy, Republic of Venice

Art Forms: Fresco, Painting

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