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List Rules Vote up history's greatest artists who worked in the medium of paint.

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.

Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 1 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 person ever to have lived. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and ...more on Wikipedia

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) 2 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 since been held as one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci. A number of his works in painting, sculpture, and architecture rank among the most famous ...more on Wikipedia

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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Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 3 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 paint until his late twenties; he completed many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. In just over a decade he produced more than 2,100 artworks, including 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints. Van Gogh was born to upper middle class parents and spent his early adulthood working for a firm of art dealers. He traveled between ...more on Wikipedia

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


Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age when Dutch Golden Age painting, although in many ways antithetical to the Baroque style that dominated Europe, was extremely prolific and innovative, and gave rise to important new genres in painting. Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, Rembrandt's later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships. Yet his etchings and paintings were popular ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: The Night Watch, Artemisia, David and Uriah, Self-Portrait, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, + more

Age: Died at 63 (1606-1669)

Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands

Associated periods or movements: Dutch Golden Age, Realism, Baroque

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