Renaissance artists came from all parts of Europe over a period of several centuries but this website focuses only on the most influential and discusses their careers in detail, as well offering a gallery of the finest Renaissance paintings, many of which you will surely recognise.
We have tried to cover a broad a period of the movement as possible, covering the earliest artists all the way up towards the beginning of the Baroque era that slowly replaced everything that you can find within this website that covers around 30 painters in total.
Renaissance art is generally considered to be the catalyst which took existing European art on a new path from what had gone before within the Middle Ages. All the contemporary styles which we enjoy today came about, in part, due to the developments made by all of the painters listed within this website.
Certainly, the importance of this art movement can never be overplayed, and for this reason it is unsurprising that so many art fans still love the work of these great painters so many years after the Renaissance period has passed by.
Renaissance artists in the main were focused on single styles of work which they would attempt to develop their own skills within over the duration of their careers.
There were however a few who managed to achieve success a large number of sectors far beyond just painting and that is what makes the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo stand out from the rest.
These two were involved with invention, sculpture and literature, to name just three, and it still seems unimaginable that anyone could achieve the same within the modern day.
You will notice that most painters featured here are Italian and that is because Italy was the real driving force, particularly when the movement was in it's infancy.
Several cities produced a large proportion of the Italian painters, most of whom were settled in key artistic centres like Rome, Venice and Florence which itself is seen as the most important of all.
Even today, you will find a large amount of the paintings included here on display in Florence galleries and art museums which are one of the major attractions for tourists to the region.