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Famous Renaissance Artists, Ranked

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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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  • Sandro Botticelli
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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 on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: The Birth of Venus, Primavera, The Mystical Nativity, Madonna and Child and Two Angels, Madonna del Padiglione
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance, Florentine School, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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  • Titian
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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 on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: Bacchus and Ariadne, Assumption of the Virgin, Pastoral Concert, Venus and Adonis, The Entombment of Christ
    • Birthplace: Pieve di Cadore, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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  • Filippo Brunelleschi
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    Filippo Brunelleschi was one of the foremost architects and engineers of the Italian Renaissance. He is perhaps most famous for his development of linear perspective and for engineering the dome of the Florence Cathedral, but his accomplishments also include other architectural works, sculpture, mathematics, engineering and even ship design. His principal surviving works are to be found in Florence, Italy. Brunelleschi was born in Florence, Italy. Little is known about his early life, the only sources being Antonio Manetti and Giorgio Vasari. According to these sources, Filippo's father was Brunellesco di Lippo, a notary, and his mother was Giuliana Spini. Filippo was the middle of their... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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  • Andrea Solari
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    Andrea Solari (also Solario) (1460–1524) was an Italian Renaissance painter of the Milanese school. He was initially named Andre del Gobbo, but more confusingly as Andrea del Bartolo a name shared with two other Italian painters, the 14th Century Siennese Andrea di Bartolo, and the 15th Century Florentine Andrea di Bartolo. His paintings can be seen in Venice, Milan, The Louvre and the Château de Gaillon (Normandie, France). One of his better-known paintings is the Virgin of the Green Cushion (c. 1507) in the Louvre (illustrated here).... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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