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Famous Renaissance Paintings

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List of famous Renaissance paintings, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The Renaissance period was a cultural awakening in the art world, so it's no surprise it produced some of the most historic paintings in the history of the world. The works of art listed below are some of the most popular Renaissance paintings, so most of the artist's names who created these works will be very recognizable. Renowned paintings from the Renaissance period are showcased in museums all around the world, so save yourself an expensive vacation by simply scrolling through this list.

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This list answers the questions, “What are the most famous Renaissance paintings?” and “What are examples of Renaissance paintings?”


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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Mona Lisa
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    The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world". The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, ...more

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    • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
    • Subject: Lisa del Giocondo
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione
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    Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione is a c. 1514–1515 oil painting attributed to the Italian High Renaissance painter Raphael. Considered one of the great portraits of the Renaissance, it has an enduring influence. It depicts Raphael's friend, the diplomat and humanist Baldassare Castiglione, who is ...more

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    • Artist: Raphael
    • Subject: Baldassare Castiglione
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Portrait of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta
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    The Portrait of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Piero della Francesca. It portrays the condottiero and lord of Rimini and Fano Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, and is housed in the Musée du Louvre of Paris. The portrait depicts the condottiero by profile and, ...more

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    • Artist: Piero della Francesca
    • Subject: Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Sacred and Profane Love
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    Sacred and Profane Love is an oil painting by Titian, painted circa 1514. The painting is presumed to have been commissioned by Niccolò Aurelio, a secretary to the Venetian Council of Ten to celebrate his marriage to a young widow, Laura Bagarotto. It perhaps depicts the bride dressed in white, sitting ...more

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    • Artist: Titian
    • Subject: Venus
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    St. John the Baptist is an oil painting on walnut wood by Leonardo da Vinci. Completed from 1513 to 1516, when the High Renaissance was metamorphosing into Mannerism, it is believed to be his final painting. The original size of the work was 69x57 cm. It is now exhibited at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, ...more

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    • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
    • Subject: John the Baptist
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    St. Sebastian
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    St. Sebastian is a painting by the Italian High Renaissance artist Raphael, circa 1501-1502. Part of his early works, it is housed in the Accademia Carrara of Bergamo, Italy.more

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    • Artist: Raphael
    • Subject: Saint Sebastian
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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    St. Sebastian
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    St. Sebastian is a painting by Dutch Carravaggist artist Hendrick ter Brugghen.more

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    • Artist: Hendrick ter Brugghen
    • Subject: Saint Sebastian, Saint Irene of Rome
    • Genres (Art): Religious image, History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Dutch Golden Age, Utrecht Caravaggism, Renaissance
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    The Battle of San Romano is a set of three paintings by the Florentine painter Paolo Uccello depicting events that took place at the Battle of San Romano between Florentine and Sienese forces in 1432. They are significant as revealing the development of linear perspective in early Italian Renaissance ...more

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    • Artist: Paolo Uccello
    • Subject: Battle of San Romano
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance, Italian Renaissance
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    The Entombment
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    The Entombment is an unfinished painting of the placing of the body of Jesus in the garden tomb, now generally attributed to the Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti and dated to around 1500 or 1501. It is in the National Gallery in London, which purchased the work in 1868 from Robert ...more

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    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    The Entombment of Christ
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    Caravaggio created one of his most admired altarpieces, The Entombment of Christ, in 1603–1604 for the second chapel on the right in Santa Maria in Vallicella, a church built for the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. A copy of the painting is now in the chapel, and the original is in the Vatican Pinacoteca.more

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    • Artist: Caravaggio
    • Subject: Jesus Christ
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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