Italy’s Greatest Painters of all Times

Italy has given birth to some of the greatest painters of all times, this country is truly blessed with culture and art, being for centuries the cradle and epicenter of art in Europe in its biggest cities of Venice, Genoa, Rome and Florence. So, here’s a list of some of the greatest Italian painters of all times.

Sandro Boticelli

Born Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (1445 – 1510) and known as Sandro Boticelli, he’s renowned as one of the greatest Italian painters that ever existed. Boticelli was a painter of the Early Renaissance, he belonged to the Florentine School. Boticelli’s popularity decreased at some point due to the artist pushing the boundaries of art, and even after his death his popularity continued to drop, because the public saw him as no longer fashionable and just part of the old renaissance brigade. Boticelli’s fame was in part because of his use of colors, he took risks walking apart from traditional palettes. One of his most famous pieces is his 1482 Primavera among others like Adoration of the Magi, The Birth of Venus and The Mystical Nativity.


Born Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483 – 1520) and known artistically as Raphael was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. What made him outstand was his ways of depicting emotion in his art and being very specific and detailed with his brush. His work is admired because the form was always clear, the composition was comforting and achieved remarkably the Neoplatonic ideal of human Grandeur. His most famous paintings were Christ Child and The Madonna.


Born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475 – 1564) and known artistically as Michelangelo, was an Italian painter, architect, poet and sculptor of the High Renaissance. He considered himself the first and best sculptor, but the truth is his work with the brushes showed he was also an amazingly talented painter. He painted the scenes from the Genesis on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling and the Last Judgement on the altar wall in the Vatican. These two paintings have him as one of the greatest painters of all times.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Born Leonardo Di ser Piero da Vinci (1452 – 1519) and known artistically as Leonardo da Vinci or even just Leonardo, great Italian artist, polymath of the renaissance, his areas of interest were drawing, sculpting, mathematics painting, invention, science, engineering, music, history, geology, cartography, astronomy, literature, botany, writing, architecture and anatomy. One of his famous paintings, The Last Supper he focused on each and every facial expression of the apostles after being told one of them would betray Jesus. Another important piece of Leonardo’s is his Mona Lisa and her enigmatic smile. He was known for portraying the slightest gazes and smallest facial gestures and is probably why his paintings remain across time. It’s not an easy task to talk about these artists and not use words like brilliant, gifted and genius, as every single one of them proved themselves as masters of their art. The world would be a poor place if we didn’t count with their art, and mankind would probably not be standing where it is.