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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Renaissance Paintings
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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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Renaissance Paintings
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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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Renaissance Paintings
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Renaissance Paintings
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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Renaissance Paintings
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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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Renaissance Paintings
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Renaissance Paintings
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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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Renaissance Paintings
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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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