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Famous Renaissance Artists, Ranked

This list of famous Renaissance artists features images, bios, and information about their notable works. You might also enjoy secret codes hidden in Renaissance art and conspiracy theories about famous Renaissance paintings. All the greatest artists associated with the Renaissance movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Renaissance period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Renaissance artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote, as your votes can change the rankings!

Artists during the Renaissance created some of the most important and well-known pieces of art in all of art history. The list of Renaissance artists below includes notable artists of the Renaissance, from Leonardo da Vinci to Michelangelo.

Famous Renaissance painters and artists worked during this period of European history (around the 1400s), creating a distinct style or art that blossomed in parallel with developments occurring in philosophy, literature, music, and science. But who are the most famous Renaissance artists? Who are the best Renaissance artists?

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement (which isn't spelled Renissance or Rennaissance, though it's a very trick word to get right) is listed below. Use this factual list to build a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinions on who the best artists in the Renaissance were.

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    Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (c. 1445 – May 17, 1510), known as Sandro Botticelli (, Italian: [ˈsandro bottiˈtʃɛlli]), was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine School under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, a movement that Giorgio Vasari would characterize less than a hundred years later in his Vita of Botticelli as a "golden age". Botticelli's posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then, his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting. As well as the small number of mythological subjects which are his best known works today, he painted a wide range of religious subjects and  ...more
    • Artworks: The Birth of Venus, Primavera, The Mystical Nativity, Madonna and Child and Two Angels, Madonna del Padiglione
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1445-1510)
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Tiziano Vecelli or Vecellio (pronounced [titˈtsjaːno veˈtʃɛlljo]; c. 1488/90 – 27 August 1576), known in English as Titian ( TISH-ən), was an Italian painter during the Renaissance, considered the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. He was born in Pieve di Cadore, near Belluno, then in the Republic of Venice). During his lifetime he was often called da Cadore, from Cadore, taken from his native region.Recognized by his contemporaries as "The Sun Amidst Small Stars" (recalling the famous final line of Dante's Paradiso), Titian was one of the most versatile of Italian painters, equally adept with portraits, landscape backgrounds, and mythological and religious  ...more
    • Artworks: Bacchus and Ariadne, Assumption of the Virgin, Pastoral Concert, Venus and Adonis, The Entombment of Christ
    • Age: Dec. at 91 (1485-1576)
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    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
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1571-1610)
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Orphaned At 10, Caravaggio Became One of Italy's Most Famous Artists - But His Art Got Him Killed#378 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#2 of 22 Weird Personal Quirks of Historical Artists

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    Albrecht Dürer (; German: [ˈʔalbʁɛçt ˈdyːʁɐ]; 21 May 1471 – 6 April 1528) sometimes spelt in English as Durer or Duerer, without umlaut, was a painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance. Born in Nuremberg, Dürer established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties due to his high-quality woodcut prints. He was in communication with the major Italian artists of his time, including Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci, and from 1512 he was patronized by Emperor Maximilian I. Dürer is commemorated by both the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches. Dürer's vast body of work includes engravings, his preferred technique in his later  ...more
    • Artworks: Christ among the Doctors, Altarpiece of Ober-St. Veit, Lamentation for Christ, The Four Apostles, Self-Portrait
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (1471-1528)
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
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