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This list of famous Renaissance artists features images, bios, and information about their notable works. You might also enjoy secret codes hidden in Renaissance art and conspiracy theories about famous Renaissance paintings. 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.

Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous 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, Republic of Florence

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

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Raphael is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous 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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Donatello is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous 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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Titian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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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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Sandro Botticelli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous 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: Florence, Italy

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

Nationality: Italy

Art Forms: Painting

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Albrecht Dürer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Albrecht Dürer


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. ...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: Eurasia, Bavaria, Nuremberg, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing

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Caravaggio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Caravaggio


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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