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 painters list.
Which artist do you think is the greatest painter of all time? Vote your favorites to the top.
- 13,003 VOTESMichelangelo 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 ...more
- Artworks: David, The Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel ceiling, Pietà, Bacchus
- Age: Dec. at 88 (1475-1564)
- Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy
- Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
- 23,747 VOTESVincent Willem van Gogh (Dutch: [ˈvɪnsɛnt ˈʋɪləm vɑŋ ˈɣɔx] (listen); 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He was not commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 came after years of mental illness and poverty. Born into an ...more
- Artworks: The Starry Night, The Potato Eaters, Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, Portrait of Adeline Ravoux, Portrait of Dr. Gachet (First Version)
- Age: Dec. at 37 (1853-1890)
- Birthplace: Zundert, Kingdom of the Netherlands
- Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism
- 32,384 VOTESRembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (, also US: , Dutch: [ˈrɛmbrɑnt ˈɦɑrmə(n)soːn vɑn ˈrɛin] (listen); 15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669) was a Dutch draughtsman, painter and printmaker. An innovative and prolific master in three media, he is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art and the most important in Dutch art history. Unlike most Dutch masters of the 17th century, Rembrandt's works depict a wide range of style and subject matter, from portraits and self-portraits to landscapes, genre scenes, allegorical and historical scenes, biblical and mythological themes as well as animal studies. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural ...more
- Artworks: The Night Watch, Artemisia, David and Uriah, Self-Portrait, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
- Age: Dec. at 63 (1606-1669)
- Birthplace: Leiden, Kingdom of the Netherlands
- Associated periods or movements: Dutch Golden Age, Realism, Baroque
- 41,757 VOTESMichelangelo Merisi (Michele Angelo Merigi or Amerighi) da Caravaggio (, US: , Italian pronunciation: [mikeˈlandʒelo meˈriːzi da (k)karaˈvaddʒo]; 28 September 1571 – 18 July 1610) was an Italian painter active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily from the early 1590s to 1610. His paintings combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, which had a formative influence on Baroque painting.Caravaggio employed close physical observation with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as tenebrism. He made the technique a dominant stylistic element, darkening shadows and transfixing subjects in bright shafts of light. ...more
- Artworks: Bacchus, Supper at Emmaus (Caravaggio), London, The Calling of St Matthew, Medusa
- Age: Dec. at 38 (1571-1610)
- Birthplace: Milan, Italy
- Associated periods or movements: Renaissance, Baroque