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Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked 

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

With artists ranging from Michelangelo to Raphael, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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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

Birthplace: Europe, Vinci, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, + more

Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance

Nationality: Italy, Republic of Florence

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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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

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Province of Arezzo, Italy, Southern Europe, + more

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

Nationality: Italy

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

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Raphael is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Italian: [raffaˈɛllo ˈsantsjo da urˈbiːno]; March 28 or April 6, 1483 – April 6, 1520), known as Raphael (, US: ), was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop and, despite his death at 37, leaving a large body of work. Many of his works are found in the Vatican Palace, where the frescoed Raphael Rooms were the central, and the ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Saint George and the Dragon, Sistine Madonna, The School of Athens, Galatea, Aldobrandini Madonna, + more

Birthplace: Urbino, Italy

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

Nationality: Italy

Art Forms: Painting, Drawing

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Donatello is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Artists, Ranked
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Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (c. 1386 – 13 December 1466), better known as Donatello (English: Italian: [donaˈtɛllo]), was an Italian sculptor of the Renaissance. Born in Florence, he studied classical sculpture and used this to develop a complete Renaissance style in sculpture, whose periods in Rome, Padua and Siena introduced to other parts of Italy a long and productive career. He worked with stone, bronze, wood, clay, stucco and wax, and had several assistants, with four perhaps being a typical number. Though his best-known works were mostly statues in the round, he developed a new, very shallow, type of bas-relief for small works, and a good deal of his output was larger ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: David, The Crucifixion, Judith and Holofernes, Virgin and Child, Penitent Magdalene

Birthplace: Florence, Italy

Associated periods or movements: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

Nationality: Italy, Republic of Florence

Art Forms: Sculpture, Drawing

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