Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked Artists

Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked

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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?"

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You can use the artists in this list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you belong to. (31 items)


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    Leonardo da Vinci
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    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: Vinci, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance
    • Nationality: Republic of Florence
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
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    Michelangelo
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    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 since ...more

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    • Artworks: David, The Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel ceiling, Pietà, Bacchus, + more
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Province of Arezzo, Italy, Southern Europe, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
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    Raphael
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    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 the ...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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    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
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    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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    Titian
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    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: Pieve di Cadore, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Piero della Francesca

    Piero della Francesca
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    Piero della Francesca was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. As testified by Giorgio Vasari in his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, to contemporaries he was also known as a mathematician and geometer. Nowadays Piero della Francesca is chiefly appreciated for his ...more

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    • Artworks: Madonna del Parto, Portrait of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Madonna di Senigallia, Flagellation of Christ, Madonna della Misericordia, + more
    • Birthplace: Umbria, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Fresco, Painting
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    Masaccio
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    Masaccio, born Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone, was the first great Italian painter of the Quattrocento period of the Italian Renaissance. According to Vasari, Masaccio was the best painter of his generation because of his skill at recreating lifelike figures and movements as well as a convincing ...more

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    • Artworks: Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, Madonna and Child, Portrait of a Young Man, Crucifixion, The Tribute Money, + more
    • Birthplace: San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Fresco, Painting
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    Filippo Lippi
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    Fra' Filippo Lippi, O.Carm., also called Lippo Lippi, was an Italian painter of the Quattrocento.more

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    • Artworks: Madonna and Child Enthroned, Annunciation with two Kneeling Donors, Portrait of a Man and a Woman in a Casement, Annunciation, Annunciation, + more
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Fresco, Painting
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    Filippino Lippi

    Filippino Lippi
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    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: Prato, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Fresco, Painting
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    Vincenzo Foppa
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    Vincenzo Foppa was a Northern-Italian Renaissance painter. He was an elderly contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci. Born at Bagnolo Mella, near Brescia in the Republic of Venice, he settled in Pavia around 1456, serving the dukes of Milan and emerging as one of the most prominent Lombard painters. Foppa ...more

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    • Birthplace: Bagnolo Mella, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Fra Angelico
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    Fra Angelico was an Early Italian Renaissance painter described by Vasari in his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects as having "a rare and perfect talent". He was known to contemporaries as Fra Giovanni da Fiesole and Fra Giovanni Angelico. In modern Italian he is called il ...more

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    • Artworks: Coronation of the Virgin, The Last Judgment, Fiesole Altarpiece, Perugia Altarpiece, San Pietro Martire Triptych, + more
    • Birthplace: Vicchio, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Fresco, Painting
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    Andrea Mantegna
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    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 somewhat ...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: Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Paduan School, Italian Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy, Republic of Venice
    • Art Forms: Fresco, Painting
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    Giorgione
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    Giorgione was an Italian painter of the High Renaissance in Venice, whose career was cut off by his death at a little over 30. Giorgione is known for the elusive poetic quality of his work, though only about six surviving paintings are acknowledged for certain to be his work. The resulting uncertainty ...more

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    • Artworks: Pastoral Concert, Castelfranco Madonna, Sleeping Venus, Judith, The Three Philosophers, + more
    • Birthplace: Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy, Republic of Venice
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Antonello da Messina
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    Antonello da Messina, properly Antonello di Giovanni di Antonio, but also called Antonello degli Antoni, was an Italian painter from Messina, Sicily, active during the Italian Renaissance. His work shows strong influences from Early Netherlandish painting although there is no documentary evidence that ...more

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    • Artworks: Virgin Annunciate, Salting Madonna, Christ Crowned with Thorns, Il Condottiero, St. Sebastian, + more
    • Birthplace: Messina, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Domenico Ghirlandaio
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    Domenico Ghirlandaio was an Italian Renaissance painter from Florence. Ghirlandaio was part of the so-called "third generation" of the Florentine Renaissance, along with Verrocchio, the Pollaiolo brothers and Sandro Botticelli. Ghirlandaio was the leader of a large and efficient workshop which included ...more

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    • Artworks: The Calling of the First Apostles, The Birth of the Virgin, An Old Man and His Grandson, Slaughter of the Innocents, Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple, + more
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Pietro Perugino

    Pietro Perugino
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    Pietro Perugino, born Pietro Vannucci, was an Italian Renaissance painter of the Umbrian school, who developed some of the qualities that found classic expression in the High Renaissance. Raphael was his most famous pupil.more

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    • Artworks: Combat of Love and Chastity, The Delivery of the Keys to Saint Peter, Annunziata Polyptych, The Virgin appearing to St. Bernard, Portrait of Lorenzo di Credi, + more
    • Birthplace: Città della Pieve, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Fresco, Painting
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    Masolino da Panicale

    Masolino da Panicale
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    Masolino da Panicale was an Italian painter. His best known works are probably his collaborations with Masaccio: Madonna with Child and St. Anne and the frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel.more

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    • Artworks: Virgin and Child with Saint Anne
    • Birthplace: San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance
    • Art Forms: Fresco, Painting
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    Andrea del Verrocchio
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    Andrea del Verrocchio, born Andrea di Michele di Francesco de' Cioni, was an Italian painter, sculptor, and goldsmith who was master of an important workshop in Florence. He became known by his nickname "Verrocchio" which in Italian means "true eye" a tribute given to him for his artistic achievement.more

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    • Artworks: Madonna with Sts John the Baptist and Donatus, Christ and St. Thomas, The Baptism of Christ, Tobias and the Angel, Putto
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Florentine School, Italian Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Giovanni Francesco Barbieri
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    Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, best known as Guercino, or Il Guercino, was an Italian Baroque painter and draftsman from the region of Emilia, and active in Rome and Bologna. The vigorous naturalism of his early manner is in contrast to the classical equilibrium of his later works. His many drawings are ...more

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    • Artworks: Susanna and the Old Men, The Burial of St. Petronilla, The Entombment, Et in Arcadia ego
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, Emilia-Romagna, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: Baroque
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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