Famous Painters: 25 Influential Artists Throughout History

Artists have been making their mark on mankind throughout history, starting with the earliest cave paintings. 

The painters who made our list are famous because their work is inspiring, started a movement or because they are genuinely amazing at their craft. 

Here are the most famous painters of all time - from the Byzantine to the present! 

Theophanes the Greek is probably the most famous of Byzantine artists. Byzantine art is known for its bold depictions of religious icons.

Theophanes the Greek

He focused more on the human and realistic side of these images, which was a huge break from traditional bold and flat figures of traditional Byzantine art.

Giotto di Bondone 

Leonardo Da Vinci is the most well-known Renaissance painter and one of the most famous artists of all time. His masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is on display at the Louvre in Paris

Leonardo Da Vinci

Michelangelo will always be remembered as the artist who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the iconic scene depicting the Creation of Adam .


Obsessed with truth over beauty, Rembrandt’s work showcased a realism that was unmatched before his time.