The 20 Most Famous Painters of All Time

From Van Gogh to Da Vinci:

Can you name some of the world's greatest painters? Often, these painters' masterpieces precede their fame since the paintings are more easily recognizable as part of pop culture or school learning.

Think van Gogh's “The Starry Night” or da Vinci's “Mona Lisa,” which were brought to life by these maestros' outstanding talent and piercing insight.

Famous painters from different centuries, countries, and cultures have inspired and captivated many admirers through their art. Here are 25 famous painters of all time:

Famous works from Leonardo da Vinci include “The Last Supper,” “Mona Lisa,” “The Vitruvian Man,” and “The Virgin and Child with St Anne.” The “Mona Lisa” is probably the most easily-recognizable work of art in the world.

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519)

Michelangelo is one of the most well-known and renowned Old Master painters in the world, with a plethora of masterpieces to his name. Among them, some famous artworks are the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo (1475–1564)

Raphael was an Italian Renaissance painter who was an absolute master at capturing emotion and expression within his pieces. He is especially renowned for “The School of Athens,” “The Transfiguration,” and “Madonna Della Seggiola.”

Raphael (1482–1520)

Famous works such as the painting “Judith Beheading Holofernes,” inspired by a Biblical tale, are only some of the many pieces bound to be remembered throughout history.

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1656)

His famous works, such as “The Night Watch” and “The Syndics of the Clothmakers Guild,” demonstrate his talent for creating lifelike figures with meticulous detail.

Rembrandt (1606–1669)

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