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.


  • Leonardo da Vinci
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    2,173 VOTES
    • Artworks: Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Bacchus, Adoration of the Magi, Annunciation
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
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  • Michelangelo
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    1,493 VOTES
    • Artworks: David, The Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel ceiling, Pietà, Bacchus
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1475-1564)
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
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  • Raphael
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    1,100 VOTES
    • Artworks: Saint George and the Dragon, Sistine Madonna, The School of Athens, Galatea, Aldobrandini Madonna
    • Age: Dec. at 37 (1483-1520)
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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  • 4
    922 VOTES
    • Artworks: David, The Crucifixion, Judith and Holofernes, Virgin and Child, Penitent Magdalene
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1386-1466)
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Drawing
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