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This list contains information on the greatest painters of all time, ranked from best to worst by user votes. History's greatest painters come in many forms. Some famous painters are impressionists while other painters are surrealists. Many of the top painters of all time have been inspired by a variety of classic religious imagery and biblical verses.

What artists will you find on this greatest painters of all time list? Leonardo da Vinci has to be near the top. His works include such iconic paintings as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. He was known as a renaissance artist and his works now auction for hundreds of millions of dollars. Pablo Picasso is another one of the best painters of all time.

Claude Monet has inspired many art fans with his beautiful Water Lilies. More modern artists including Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Roy Lichtenstein are also featured on this famous painter list.

Which artist do you think is the greatest painter of all time? Give your favorites a thumbs up and share your favorite works in the comments section.

Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Painters of All Time
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Vincent van Gogh


Vincent Willem van Gogh was a major Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes and still lifes of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. Van Gogh drew as a child but did not ...more

Artworks: The Starry Night, The Potato Eaters, Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, Portrait of Adeline Ravoux, Portrait of Dr. Gachet (First Version), + more

Age: Died at 37 (1853-1890)

Birthplace: Zundert, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Painters of All Time
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Leonardo da Vinci


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

Artworks: Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Bacchus, Adoration of the Magi, Annunciation, + more

Age: Died at 67 (1452-1519)

Birthplace: Vinci, Italy

Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance

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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Painters of All Time
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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

Artworks: David, The Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel ceiling, Pietà, Bacchus, + more

Age: Died at 89 (1475-1564)

Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy

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

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Pablo Picasso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Painters of All Time
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Pablo Picasso


Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist ...more

Artworks: Guernica, The Old Guitarist, Family of Saltimbanques, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Las Meninas (after Velázquez), + more

Age: Died at 92 (1881-1973)

Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Associated periods or movements: Picasso's African Period, Analytic cubism, Cubism, Picasso's Rose Period, Picasso's Blue Period, + more

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