Famous Baroque Artists, Ranked

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List of famous Baroque artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Baroque movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. Make sure to also check out weird personal quirks of iconic artists and artists who were actually bad humans. These notable Baroque period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Baroque artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

Examples include Rembrandt and Caravaggio.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Baroque artists?" and "Who are the best Baroque artists?"

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. Use this list to make one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion. 

  • Gian Lorenzo Bernini
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    Gian Lorenzo Bernini was an Italian artist and a prominent architect who worked principally in Rome. He was the leading sculptor of his age, credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture. In addition, he painted, wrote plays, and designed metalwork and stage sets. Bernini possessed the ability to depict dramatic narratives with characters showing intense psychological states, but also to organize large-scale sculptural works which convey a magnificent grandeur. His skill in manipulating marble ensured that he would be considered a worthy successor of Michelangelo, far outshining other sculptors of his generation, including his rival, Alessandro Algardi. His talent extended beyond ...more
    • Artworks: Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, The Rape of Proserpina, Apollo and Daphne, Aeneas, Anchises
    • Birthplace: Naples, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Baroque
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
    222 votes
  • Caravaggio
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    374 VOTES
    Michelangelo 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
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Renaissance, Baroque
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
    374 votes
  • Diego Velázquez
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    Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish: [ˈdjeɣo βeˈlaθkeθ]; baptized June 6, 1599 – August 6, 1660) was a Spanish painter, the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV, and one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age. He was an individualistic artist of the contemporary Baroque period. He painted initially in a precise tenebrist style, but later developed a free manner characterized by bold brushwork that produced an illusion of form only when viewed at a suitable distance. In addition to numerous renditions of scenes of historical and cultural significance, he painted scores of portraits of the Spanish royal family, other notable European figures, and ...more
    • Artworks: Las Meninas, Portrait of Mother Jeronima de la Fuente, Portrait of a Man, Portrait of Juan de Pareja, Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Pink Dress
    • Birthplace: Seville, Spain
    • Associated periods or movements: Baroque
    • Nationality: Spain
    • Art Forms: Painting
    193 votes
  • Rembrandt
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    375 VOTES
    Rembrandt 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
    • Birthplace: Leiden, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Associated periods or movements: Dutch Golden Age, Realism, Baroque
    • Nationality: Dutch Republic
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
    375 votes
  • Peter Paul Rubens
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    Sir Peter Paul Rubens (; Dutch: [ˈrybə(n)s]; 28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640) was a Flemish artist. He is considered the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens's highly charged compositions reference erudite aspects of classical and Christian history. His unique and immensely popular Baroque style emphasized movement, color, and sensuality, which followed the immediate, dramatic artistic style promoted in the Counter-Reformation. Rubens specialized in making altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. In addition to running a large studio in Antwerp that produced paintings popular with nobility and art collectors ...more
    • Artworks: The Elevation of the Cross, The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus, Assumption of the Virgin Mary, The Assumption of the Virgin, Alethea Talbot with her Husband
    • Birthplace: Siegen, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Baroque, Antwerp school
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
    174 votes
  • Johannes Vermeer
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    Johannes Vermeer (UK: , US: , Dutch: [joːˈɦɑnəs fərˈmeːr]; October 1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch Baroque Period painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle class life. He was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime but evidently was not wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, and frequently used very expensive pigments. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work.Vermeer painted mostly domestic interior scenes. "Almost all his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house ...more
    • Artworks: Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Kitchen Maid, Saint Praxedis, Diana and Her Companions, The Lacemaker
    • Birthplace: Delft, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Associated periods or movements: Dutch Golden Age, Baroque
    • Nationality: Dutch Republic
    • Art Forms: Painting
    142 votes