The Greatest Painters Of All Time

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Vote up history's greatest artists who worked with 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 painters list.

Which artist do you think is the greatest painter of all time? Vote your favorites to the top.


  • 1
    3,003 VOTES
    • 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
  • Vincent van Gogh
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    3,747 VOTES
    • 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
  • 3
    2,384 VOTES
    • 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
  • 4
    1,757 VOTES
    • 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