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List of famous Renaissance artwork, listed alphabetically with photos when available. The Renaissance movement was an awakening in the world of art, producing new types of paintings and sculptures that the world had never seen before. This is a list of the most popular Renaissance art pieces, so art enthusiasts will likely recognize the names of the famous artists who created these pieces. These renowned pieces of Renaissance artwork are showcased in museums all over the world, so if you can't afford an expensive vacation then this list is a great substitute for seeing fine Renaissance art. In the chance that pictures of these historic Renaissance works of art aren't available, you can click on the name of the piece for more information.

This list features Mona Lisa, Bacchus and Ariadne and more.

If you want to know, "What is Renaissance art?" or "What are examples of Renaissance art?" then this list will answer your questions.


Altarpiece of Ober-St. Veit is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Renaissance Artwork
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Artist: Albrecht Dürer, Hans Leonhard Schäufelein

Genres (Art): Christian art

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Renaissance

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Annunciation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Renaissance Artwork
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This is a painting of the Biblical subject of the Annunciation, by the Italian Renaissance artists Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Verrocchio, dating from circa 1472–1475 and housed in the Uffizi gallery of Florence, Italy. The subject matter is drawn from Luke 1.26-39 and depicts the angel Gabriel, sent by God to announce to a virgin, Mary, that she would miraculously conceive and give birth to a son, to be named Jesus, and to be called "the Son of God" whose reign would never end. The subject was very popular for artworks and had been depicted many times in the art of Florence, including several examples by the Early Renaissance painter Fra Angelico. The details of its commission and its ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

Subject: Annunciation

Genres (Art): Christian art, History painting

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

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Bacchus and Ariadne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Renaissance Artwork
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Bacchus and Ariadne is an oil painting by Titian. It is one of a cycle of paintings on mythological subjects produced for Alfonso d'Este, the Duke of Ferrara, for the Camerino d'Alabastro – a private room in his palazzo in Ferrara decorated with paintings based on classical texts. An advance payment was given to Raphael, who originally held the commission for the subject of a Triumph of Bacchus. At the time of Raphael's death in 1520, only a preliminary drawing was completed and the commission was then handed to Titian. In the case of Bacchus and Ariadne, the subject matter was derived from the Roman poets Catullus and Ovid. The painting, considered one of Titian's greatest works, now hangs ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Titian

Subject: Ariadne, Dionysus

Genres (Art): History painting

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

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Battle of the Centaurs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Renaissance Artwork
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Battle of the Centaurs is a relief by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, created around 1492. It was the last work Michelangelo created while under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, who died shortly after its completion. Inspired by a classical relief created by Bertoldo di Giovanni, the unfinished marble sculpture depicts the mythic battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs. A popular subject of art in ancient Greece, the story was suggested to Michelangelo by the classical scholar and poet Poliziano. Battle of the Centaurs was a remarkable sculpture in several ways, presaging Michelangelo's future sculptural direction. Michelangelo had departed from the then current practices of ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Michelangelo

Art Form: Relief

Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

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