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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    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
    • Artworks: Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Bacchus, Adoration of the Magi, Annunciation
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
  • Michelangelo
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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 ...more
    • Artworks: David, The Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel ceiling, Pietà, Bacchus
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1475-1564)
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
  • Raphael
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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
    • 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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    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
    • Artworks: David, The Crucifixion, Judith and Holofernes, Virgin and Child, Penitent Magdalene
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1386-1466)
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Drawing