The Greatest Works of Art from the Renaissance Era

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.

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  • The Last Supper
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    The Last Supper is a late 15th-century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. It is one of the world's most famous paintings, and one of the most studied, scrutinized, and satirized. The work is presumed to have been commenced around 1495 and was commissioned as part of a scheme of renovations to the church and its convent buildings by Leonardo's patron Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. The painting represents the scene of The Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples, as it is told in the Gospel of John, 13:21. Leonardo has depicted the consternation that occurred among the Twelve Disciples when Jesus announced that one of them ...more
    • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
    • Subject: Jesus Christ
    • Genres (Art): Christian art, History painting
    • Art Form: Mural
    • Period / Movement: High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    20 votes
  • 2
    24 VOTES
    David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet Michelangelo. It is a 4.34-metre, 5.17-metre with the base marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art of Florence. Originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of Florence Cathedral, the statue was placed instead in a public square, outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence, where it was unveiled on 8 September 1504. Because of the nature of the hero it represented, the statue soon came to ...more
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: David
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    24 votes
  • Altarpiece of Ober-St. Veit
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    • Artist: Albrecht Dürer, Hans Leonhard Schäufelein
    • Genres (Art): Christian art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
    7 votes
  • 4
    16 VOTES
    The Moses is a sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. Commissioned in 1505 by Pope Julius II for his tomb, it depicts the Biblical figure Moses with horns on his head, based on a description in the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Bible used at that time.
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    16 votes
  • 5
    40 VOTES
    Mona Lisa
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    The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world". The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel, and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506. Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797. The subject's expression, which is ...more
    • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
    • Subject: Lisa del Giocondo
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    40 votes
  • Venus of Urbino
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    The Venus of Urbino is a 1538 oil painting by the Italian master Titian. It depicts a nude young woman, identified with the goddess Venus, reclining on a couch or bed in the sumptuous surroundings of a Renaissance palace. It hangs in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. The figure's pose is based on Giorgione's Sleeping Venus, which Titian completed. In this depiction, Titian has domesticated Venus by moving her to an indoor setting, engaging her with the viewer, and making her sensuality explicit. Devoid as it is of any classical or allegorical trappings – Venus displays none of the attributes of the goddess she is supposed to represent – the painting is unapologetically erotic.
    • Artist: Titian
    • Subject: Venus
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
    13 votes