The rich tradition of art and culture in Italy reaches back for centuries. It is one of the world’s leading lights when it comes to design, art, architecture, sculpture, music, food… the list is almost endless. And at the forefront of this Italian bombardment of finesse and culture is the Italian painters. They have enriched the world with their almost revolutionary styles, that have been full of innovation but always stylish. Ever since ancient Rome, Italy has been a hub of fantastic architecture and art. And when the Renaissance period hit Europe it was the Italian artists such as Botticelli, Ucello, and Angelico who led the way.
Possibly the greatest artist of all time was an Italian, Leonardo da Vinci. Certainly, he painted the most famous picture in the world. The Italian painters kept on coming like on a conveyor belt, from the Baroque period to the Impressionists. And here are some of the greatest Italian painters that have ever lived.
Leonardo da Vinci – 1452-1519
Leonardo da Vinci will be most remembered as an artist, but his skills far exceeded this. He was also a sculptor, engineer, polymath, architect, mathematician, inventor, and writer. If you had to name a true example of a Renaissance Man, then it would have to be da Vinci. Today his scientific discoveries have been accredited by the world, and his art is absolutely priceless.
Raphael – 1483-1520
Another figure that was highly prominent during the Renaissance period was Raphael. Raphael was also an accomplished architect but will always be remembered for his work on canvas. He was a prolific painter and when he died, he left a vast amount of paintings and some had never even been seen before. Perhaps his most famous works are the paintings of the Madonna and what he created for the Vatican.
Sandro Botticelli – 1445-1510
Botticelli was the first great artist that rose from the famous Florentine School, again during the Renaissance period. His work was said to have inspired a rejuvenation in the interest of ancient Greek and Roman culture across Europe. His most famous paintings include, Primavera, Venus and Mars, and perhaps the greatest of all is The Birth of Venus. His work did not really get the recognition it deserved during his life, and it was not until the late 19th Century that he was finally appreciated.
Canaletto – 1697-1768
Giovanni Antonio Canal is better known around the world simply as Canaletto. And without doubt he was one of the leading artists working in the 18th Century. His best-known work was of cityscapes, and his incredible detail brought the towns and cities alive on the canvas. Perhaps one of his best-known works is The Stonemason’s Yard. There are so many great other Italian artists that have not made this list such as, Bellini, Masaccio, Tintoretto, Titan, and Caravaggio. Each and every one of them has left their mark on the world art scene. Not to mention the legacy they have left behind them on Italian buildings, cars, fashion and so forth.