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Famous Renaissance Artwork

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List of famous Renaissance artwork, listed alphabetically with photos when available. The Renaissance movement was an awakening in the world of art, producing new types of paintings and sculptures that the world had never seen before. This is a list of the most popular Renaissance art pieces, so art enthusiasts will likely recognize the names of the famous artists who created these pieces. These renowned pieces of Renaissance artwork are showcased in museums all over the world, so if you can't afford an expensive vacation then this list is a great substitute for seeing fine Renaissance art. In the chance that pictures of these historic Renaissance works of art aren't available, you can click on the name of the piece for more information.

This list features Mona Lisa, Bacchus and Ariadne and more.

If you want to know, "What is Renaissance art?" or "What are examples of Renaissance art?" then this list will answer your questions.


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    Altarpiece of Ober-St. Veit
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    • Artist: Albrecht Dürer, Hans Leonhard Schäufelein
    • Genres (Art): Christian art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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    Annunciation
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    This is a painting of the Biblical subject of the Annunciation, by the Italian Renaissance artists Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Verrocchio, dating from circa 1472–1475 and housed in the Uffizi gallery of Florence, Italy. The subject matter is drawn from Luke 1.26-39 and depicts the angel Gabriel, ...more

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    • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
    • Subject: Annunciation
    • Genres (Art): Christian art, History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Bacchus and Ariadne
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    Bacchus and Ariadne is an oil painting by Titian. It is one of a cycle of paintings on mythological subjects produced for Alfonso d'Este, the Duke of Ferrara, for the Camerino d'Alabastro – a private room in his palazzo in Ferrara decorated with paintings based on classical texts. An advance payment was ...more

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    • Artist: Titian
    • Subject: Ariadne, Dionysus
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Battle of the Centaurs
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    Battle of the Centaurs is a relief by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, created around 1492. It was the last work Michelangelo created while under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, who died shortly after its completion. Inspired by a classical relief created by Bertoldo di Giovanni, the ...more

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    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Art Form: Relief
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Christ among the Doctors
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    Christ among the Doctors is an oil painting by Albrecht Dürer, dating to 1506, now in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain. The work dates to Dürer's sojourn in Venice, and was executed hastily while he was working at the Feast of the Rosary altarpiece. According to some sources, it could have ...more

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    • Artist: Albrecht Dürer
    • Subject: Finding in the Temple
    • Genres (Art): Religious image
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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    Christ Carrying the Cross
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    Christ Carrying the Cross is a painting by Hieronymus Bosch. It was painted in the early 16th century, presumably between 1515 and 1516. The work is housed in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium.more

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    • Artist: Hieronymus Bosch
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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    Coronation of the Virgin
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    The Coronation of the Virgin is a painting created by Fra Angelico in 1432.more

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    • Artist: Fra Angelico
    • Subject: Coronation of the Virgin
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Cristo della Minerva
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    The Cristo della Minerva, also known as Christ the Redeemer, Christ Carrying the Cross or the Risen Christ, is a marble sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti, finished in 1521. It is in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, to the left of the main altar. The ...more

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    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Jesus Christ
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Danaë with Nursemaid
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    Danaë with Nursemaid (1549-1550) is a painting by Titian, now located in Museo del Prado.more

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    • Artist: Titian
    • Subject: Danaë
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet Michelangelo. It is a 4.34-metre, 5.17-metre with the base marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art of ...more

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    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: David
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Diana and Actaeon
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    Diana and Actaeon is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Titian, finished in 1556–1559, and is considered amongst Titian's greatest works. It portrays the moment in which the goddess Diana meets Actaeon. Diana is the woman on the right side of the painting. She is wearing a crown with a ...more

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    • Artist: Titian
    • Subject: Diana, Actaeon
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Diana and Callisto
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    Diana and Callisto is a painting completed between 1556 and 1559 by the Venetian artist Titian. It portrays the moment in which the goddess Diana discovers that her maid Callisto has become pregnant by Jupiter. The painting was jointly purchased by the National Gallery and the National Galleries of ...more

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    • Artist: Titian
    • Subject: Diana, Callisto
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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    Doni Tondo
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    The Doni Tondo or Doni Madonna, sometimes called The Holy Family, is the only finished panel painting by the mature Michelangelo to survive. Now in the Uffizi in Florence, Italy, and still in its original frame, the painting was probably commissioned by Agnolo Doni to commemorate his marriage to ...more

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    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Drapery for a Seated Figure
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    Drapery for a Seated Figure (1470) is a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci.more

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    • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
    • Art Form: Drawing
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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    Ginevra de' Benci
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    Ginevra de’ Benci is a portrait painting by Leonardo da Vinci of the 15th-century Florentine aristocrat Ginevra de’ Benci . The oil-on-wood portrait was acquired by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., United States, in 1967. The sum of US$5 million--a record price at the time--came from the ...more

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    • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
    • Subject: Ginevra de' Benci
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Hercules and Cacus is a white sculpture to the right of the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy. This work by the Florentine artist Baccio Bandinelli was commissioned as a pendant to David, which had been commissioned by the republican counsel of Florence, under ...more

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    • Artist: Bartolommeo Bandinelli
    • Subject: Cacus, Heracles, Hercules
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Ill-Matched Lovers
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    Ill-Matched Lovers (c. 1520-1525) is a Painting by Flemish artist Quentin Matsys.more

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    • Artist: Quentin Matsys
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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    Judith and Holofernes
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    The bronze sculpture Judith and Holofernes, created by Donatello at the end of his career, can be seen in the Hall of Lilies, in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy. A copy stands in one of the sculpture's original positions on the Piazza della Signoria, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. It depicts the ...more

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    • Artist: Donatello
    • Subject: Holofernes
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Laocoon
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    • Artist: Hans Brosamer
    • Subject: Laocoön
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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    Leda and the Swan
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    Currently owned by the National Gallery in London, this painting is considered to be a 16th century copy of a lost painting of this subject by Michelangelo which he painted in 1530, in tempera.The subject of the painting is taken from Greek mythology. The god of Jupiter transformed himself into a swan ...more

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    • Subject: Leda, Leda and the Swan
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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