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Famous Renaissance Paintings

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List of famous Renaissance paintings, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The Renaissance period was a cultural awakening in the art world, so it's no surprise it produced some of the most historic paintings in the history of the world. The works of art listed below are some of the most popular Renaissance paintings, so most of the artist's names who created these works will be very recognizable. Renowned paintings from the Renaissance period are showcased in museums all around the world, so save yourself an expensive vacation by simply scrolling through this list.

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    • Artist: Albrecht Dürer, Hans Leonhard Schäufelein
    • Genres (Art): Christian art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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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
    • 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 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
    • Artist: Titian
    • Subject: Ariadne, Dionysus
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Christ among the Doctors is an oil painting by Albrecht Dürer, dating to 1506, now in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain. The work dates to Dürer's sojourn in Venice, and was executed hastily while he was working at the Feast of the Rosary altarpiece. According to some sources, it could have been given to painter Giovanni Bellini. In the latter's house it was perhaps seen by Lorenzo Lotto, who used one of the figures in the painting for his Madonna with Child between Sts. Flavian and Onuphrius now in the Borghese Gallery. The subject had been already treated by Dürer in a woodcut of the Life of the Virgin series and in a panel of the Seven Sorrows Polyptych. However, in the...  more
    • Artist: Albrecht Dürer
    • Subject: Finding in the Temple
    • Genres (Art): Religious image
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance