Famous Renaissance Artists, Ranked Artists

Famous Renaissance Artists, Ranked

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

Artists during the Renaissance created some of the most important and well-known pieces of art in all of art history. The list of Renaissance artists below includes notable artists of the Renaissance, from Leonardo da Vinci to Michelangelo.

Famous Renaissance painters and artists worked during this period of European history (around the 1400s), creating a distinct style or art that blossomed in parallel with developments occurring in philosophy, literature, music, and science. But who are the most famous Renaissance artists? Who are the best Renaissance artists?

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement (which isn't spelled Renissance or Rennaissance, though it's a very trick word to get right) is listed below. Use this factual list to build a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinions on who the best artists in the Renaissance were.


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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: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Florence, Southern Europe, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy, Republic of Florence
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Drawing
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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: 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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    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: Florence, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance, Florentine School, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Filippo Brunelleschi
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    Filippo Brunelleschi was one of the foremost architects and engineers of the Italian Renaissance. He is perhaps most famous for his development of linear perspective and for engineering the dome of the Florence Cathedral, but his accomplishments also include other architectural works, sculpture, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Caravaggio
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    Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian painter active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1592 and 1610. His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, had a formative influence on Baroque ...more

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    • Artworks: Bacchus, Supper at Emmaus (Caravaggio), London, The Calling of St Matthew, Medusa, + more
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Renaissance, Baroque
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Albrecht Dürer was a German painter, printmaker, mathematician, and theorist from Nuremberg. His high-quality woodcuts established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance. His ...more

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    • Artworks: Christ among the Doctors, Altarpiece of Ober-St. Veit, Lamentation for Christ, The Four Apostles, Self-Portrait, + more
    • Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
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    Hieronymus Bosch
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    Hieronymus Bosch was an Early Netherlandish painter. His work is known for its fantastic imagery, detailed landscapes and illustrations of moral and religious concepts and narratives. Within his lifetime his work was collected in the Netherlands, Austria, and Spain, and widely copied, especially his ...more

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    • Artworks: The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, Allegory of Gluttony and Lust, Christ Crowned with Thorns, Crucifixion with a Donor, + more
    • Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Associated periods or movements: Renaissance
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Jan van Eyck
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    Jan van Eyck was an Early Netherlandish painter active in Bruges and one of the most significant Northern Renaissance artists of the 15th century. Outside of the Ghent Altarpiece completed with his brother Hubert van Eyck, and the illuminated miniatures ascribed to Hand G—believed to be Jan—of the ...more

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    • Artworks: Arnolfini Portrait, Ince Hall Madonna, Annunciation, Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, Lucca Madonna, + more
    • Birthplace: Maaseik, Belgium
    • Associated periods or movements: Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, Renaissance
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Giotto di Bondone, known as Giotto, was an Italian painter and architect from Florence in the late Middle Ages. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance. Giotto's contemporary, the banker and chronicler Giovanni Villani, wrote that Giotto ...more

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    • Artworks: The Flight into Egypt, Adoration of the Magi, St Francis of Assisi receiving the stigmata, Madonna in Glory, Nativity: Birth of Jesus, + more
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Gothic art, Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Fresco, Painting
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    Tintoretto
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    Tintoretto, was an Italian painter and a notable exponent of the Renaissance school. For his phenomenal energy in painting he was termed Il Furioso. His work is characterized by its muscular figures, dramatic gestures, and bold use of perspective in the Mannerist style, while maintaining color and light ...more

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    • Artworks: The Coronation of the Virgin, Last Supper, Miracle of the Slave, The Origin of the Milky Way, Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet, + more
    • Birthplace: Veneto, Eurasia, Province of Venice, Italy, Venice, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy, Republic of Venice
    • Art Forms: 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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    Paolo Veronese
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    Paolo Caliari, known as Paolo Veronese was an Italian Renaissance painter based in Venice, most famous for large history paintings of both religious and mythological subjects, such as The Wedding at Cana and The Feast in the House of Levi. With Titian, who was at least a generation older, and ...more

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    • Artworks: The Wedding at Cana, Saint Jerome in the Wilderness, Portrait of Daniele Barbaro, The Beautiful Nani, The Feast in the House of Levi, + more
    • Birthplace: Verona, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Hans Holbein the Younger was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century. He also produced religious art, satire, and Reformation propaganda, and made a significant contribution to the history of book ...more

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    • Artworks: Portrait of Henry VIII, Noli me Tangere, Portrait of Robert Cheseman, The Ambassadors, Self-portrait, + more
    • Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Northern Renaissance
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Giovanni Bellini
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    Giovanni Bellini was an Italian Renaissance painter, probably the best known of the Bellini family of Venetian painters. His father was Jacopo Bellini, his brother was Gentile Bellini, and his brother-in-law was Andrea Mantegna. He is considered to have revolutionized Venetian painting, moving it ...more

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    • Artworks: The Feast of the Gods, Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan, Agony in the Garden, Presentation at the Temple, Madonna del Prato, + more
    • Birthplace: Venice, Scorzè, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Venetian school, Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Hans Holbein the Elder
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    Hans Holbein the Elder was a German painter.more

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    • Artworks: Basilica of St. Mary, Basilica of St. Paul, St. Catherine Altar, Fountain of Life, St. Afra Altar, + more
    • Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: International Gothic
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Pisanello
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    Pisanello, known professionally as Antonio di Puccio Pisano or Antonio di Puccio da Cereto, also erroneously called Vittore Pisano by Giorgio Vasari, was one of the most distinguished painters of the early Italian Renaissance and Quattrocento. He was acclaimed by poets such as Guarino da Verona and ...more

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    • Artworks: Portrait of Sigismund of Luxemburg, Portrait of a princess, Madonna of the Quail
    • Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: International Gothic, 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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