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Artists You Should Know: Renaissance

Lists, facts, dates, links, and more, organized by period/movement

Notable Renaissance Artists (1400-1600)

If you wish to be generally familiar with art history, here is a short list of artists you should know from this period.

Name

Birth

Death

Nationality

Movement(s)

Primary Medium

Representative Works

Bosch, Hieronymus
 ND653 .B65

~1450

1516

Dutch

Early Netherlandish

Painting

The Garden of Earthly Delights
The Temptation of St. Anthony

Botticelli, Sandro
 ND623 .B7

~1445

1510

Italian (Florentine)

Renaissance

Painting

The Birth of Venus
Primavera

Da Vinci, Leonardo
 ND623 .L5

1452

1519

Italian

High Renaissance
Realism

Painting
Drawing

Mona Lisa
The Last Supper
The Vitruvian Man

Donatello
 NB623 .D7

~1386

1466

Italian
(Florentine)

Early Renaissance

Sculpture

St. John the Evangelist
David
Gattamelata

Dürer, Albrecht
 ND588 .D9

1471

1528

German

Renaissance

Painting
Woodcuts

Self-Portrait at 26
Knight, Death, and the Devil
Praying Hands

El Greco
 ND813 .T4

1541

1614

Cretan

Mannerism

Painting
Sculpture

The Assumption of the Virgin
The Burial of Count Orgaz

Fra Angelico
 ND623 .F5

~1395

1455

Italian
(Florentine)

Early Renaissance

Painting
Frescoes

The Virgin of the Annunciation
The Deposition
The Last Judgement

Ghiberti, Lorenzo
 ND623 .G45

1378

1455

Italian (Florentine)

Early Renaissance

Sculpture

The Gates of Paradise
St. John the Baptist

Michelangelo
 NB623 .B9
 ND623.B9

1475

1564

Italian

High Renaissance

Sculpture
Painting

David
Pieta
The Last Judgement
Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Raphael (Sanzio)
 ND623 .R2 - .R38

1483

1520

Italian

High Renaissance

Painting

The School of Athens
Sistine Madonna
Madonna of the Meadow

Titian (Tiziano Vecelli)
 ND621 .V5

~1490

1576

Italian
(Venetian)

Renaissance

Painting

Assumption of the Virgin
The Danaë
Bacchus and Ariadne

Renaissance Artists (1400-1600)

If you are a student of Art or Art History, here is a more detailed list of artists you should know from this period.

Name

Birth

Death

Nationality

Movement(s)

Primary Medium

Representative Works

Alberti, Leon Battista
 NA1123 .A5

1404

1472

Italian

Italian Renaissance

Architecture

Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini
Basilica of Sant'Andrea in Mantua

Bonacolsi, Pier Jacopo

~1460

1528

(North) Italian

Renaissance

Sculpture

Antonia del Balzo Medallion
Meleager

Bosch, Hieronymus
 ND653 .B65

~1450

1516

Dutch

Early Netherlandish

Painting

The Garden of Earthly Delights
The Temptation of St. Anthony

Botticelli, Sandro
 ND623 .B7

~1445

1510

Italian (Florentine)

Renaissance

Painting

The Birth of Venus
Primavera

Brunelleschi, Filippo
 NA1123 .B8

1377

1446

Italian

Italian Renaissance

Architecture
Sculpture

Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence

Da Vinci, Leonardo
 ND623 .L5

1452

1519

Italian

High Renaissance
Realism

Painting
Drawing

Mona Lisa
The Last Supper
The Vitruvian Man

David, Gerard
 ND673 .D3

~1460

1523

Dutch

Early Netherlandish

Painting

Madonna with Angels and Saints
The Marriage of St. Catherine

Donatello
 NB623 .D7

~1386

1466

Italian
(Florentine)

Early Renaissance

Sculpture

St. John the Evangelist
David
Gattamelata

Dürer, Albrecht
 ND588 .D9

1471

1528

German

Renaissance

Painting
Woodcuts

Self-Portrait at 28
Knight, Death, and the Devil
Praying Hands

El Greco
 ND813 .T4

1541

1614

Cretan

Mannerism

Painting
Sculpture

The Assumption of the Virgin
The Burial of Count Orgaz

Fra Angelico
 ND623 .F5

~1395

1455

Italian
(Florentine)

Early Renaissance

Painting
Frescoes

The Virgin of the Annunciation
The Deposition
The Last Judgement

Ghiberti, Lorenzo
 ND623 .G45

1378

1455

Italian (Florentine)

Early Renaissance

Sculpture

The Gates of Paradise
St. John the Baptist

Gonçalves, Nuno
 ND833 .G6

fl. 1450-1471

Portuguese

Portuguese Renaissance

Painting

Portrait of Princess Saint Joana
Panels of St. Vincent Outside the Walls

Hering, Loy

~1485

1564

German

Renaissance

Sculpture

Saint Willibald of Eichstätt
Annunciation

Michelangelo
 NB623 .B9
 ND623.B9

1475

1564

Italian

High Renaissance

Sculpture
Painting

David
Pieta
The Last Judgement
Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Ordóñez, Bartolomé 

~1480

1520

Spanish

Renaissance

Sculpture

Cathedral of Barcelona choir stalls & retrochoir

Raphael (Sanzio)
 ND623 .R2 - .R38

1483

1520

Italian

High Renaissance

Painting

The School of Athens
Sistine Madonna
Madonna of the Meadow

Titian (Tiziano Vecelli)
 ND621 .V5

~1490

1576

Italian
(Venetian)

Renaissance

Painting

Assumption of the Virgin
The Danaë
Bacchus and Ariadne

van Cleve, Joos

~1485

1540/1

Dutch

Renaissance

Painting

Eleanor of Austria
Death of the Virgin

van Eyck, Jan
 ND673 .E87

~1390

~1441

Dutch

Early Netherlandish
Realism

Painting

Ghent Altarpiece
Arnolfini Portrait