The 25 Most Famous Painters of All Time

Famous painters lived during the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and there are even some 20th-century artists who made the cut.

These painters are famous because their work is inspiring and started a movement or because they are genuinely amazing at their craft. 

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 .


Raphael doesn’t have any paintings that most people would just know, the way they know the Last Supper or the Sistine Chapel.