High Renaissance Artists
Italian Painters & Sculptors of Late Quattrocento, Early Cinquecento.

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Pieta (1500)
St Peter's Basilica, Rome.
Carved by Michelangelo when he
was 25 years old.


Angels from The Sistine Madonna (1512)
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden.
By Raphael.

High Renaissance Artists (c.1490-1530)

Contents

Introduction
Chronological List of High Renaissance Artists
Greatest Paintings of the High Renaissance

Introduction

The High Renaissance - the period between 1490 and the sack of Rome by German mercenaries in 1527 - witnessed a prolific output in all visual art forms. Oil painting is adopted by many artists, for use on panels, as tempera declines. In Florence and Rome, the three most important Old Masters of Italian High Renaissance painting were: Leonardo (1452-1519); Raphael (1483-1520) and Michelangelo (1475-1564). As far as Venetian painting was concerned, the major contributors were Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), Giorgione (1477-1510) and Titian (1485-1576), and Italian Renaissance sculpture was dominated by Michelangelo. Renaissance architecture during the period benefited from the presence of the greatest architects in Italy, including: Michelangelo, Donato Bramante (1444-1514), Jacopo Sansovino (1486-1570), Vignola (1507-1573), and Andrea Palladio (1508-80). From an aesthetics viewpoint, the key element in Renaissance art at the turn of the century continued to be the Humanist values derived from Greek art.

ITALIAN RENAISSANCE
For details of painting and sculpture
in specific Italian cities, see:
Siena School of Painting
Renaissance Art in Florence
Renaissance Art in Rome
Renaissance Art in Venice

HIGH RENAISSANCE PAINTING
For the most important pictures
see Greatest Renaissance Paintings.

HIGH RENAISSANCE HISTORY
Many artists from this era are
profiled in "Lives of The Artists"
(published 1550) by the art historian
Giorgio Vasari.

RENAISSANCE SCULPTURE
See Renaissance Sculptors.

RENAISSANCE: NORTH EUROPE
For a general guide, to
Flemish and Dutch painting, see:
Netherlandish Renaissance Art.
For painting and sculpture in
Germany (1430-1580), see:
German Renaissance Art.

Chronological List of High Renaissance Artists

Unless indicated, artists are Italian and their speciality is painting.

Giovanni Bellini 1430-1516
Luca Signorelli 1441-1523
Donato Bramante 1444-1514 Architect/Painter
Vittore Carpaccio c.1465-1525/6 Painter
Francesco Francia 1450-1517
Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519 Painter/Inventor
Lorenzo di Credi 1458-1537
Alessandro Araldi 1460-1530
Bergognone 1460-1523
Bramantino 1460-1530
Lorenzo Costa 1460-1535

 

Benedetto Diana 1460-1525
Tullio Lombardo 1460-1532 Sculptor
Sebastiano Mainardi 1460-1513
Andrea Solario 1460-1524
Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio 1466-1516 Painter
Andrea Sansovino 1467-1529 Sculptor
Cristoforo Solari 1468-1524 Sculptor
Francesco Granacci 1469-1543
Giovanni della Robbia 1469-1529 Sculptor
Bartolomeo Veneto 1470-1531
Marco Basaiti 1470-1530
Michele da Verona 1470-1540
Gian Cristoforo Romano 1470-1512 Sculptor
Gaudenzio Ferrari 1471-1546
Fra Bartolommeo 1472-1517
Pietro Torrigiano 1472-1528 Sculptor
Giovanni Francesco Rustici 1474-1554 Sculptor
Giuliano Bugiardini 1475-1554
Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475-1564 Painter/Sculptor
Marcantonio Raimondi 1475-1534 Engraver
Cesare da Sesto 1477-1523
Giorgione 1477-1510
Giovanni Francesco Caroto 1480-1555
Lorenzo Lotto 1480-1556
Bernardino Luini 1480-1532
Ludovico Mazzolino 1480-1528
Palma Vecchio 1480-1528
Vincenzo di Catena 1480-1531
Garofalo 1481-1559
Baldassare Peruzzi 1481-1536 Painter/Architect
Ridolfo Ghirlandaio 1483-1561
Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) 1483-1520 Rome
Franciabigio 1484-1525
Girolamo Romanino 1484-1562
Francesco da Sangallo 1484-1576 Sculptor
Sebastiano del Piombo 1485-1547 Venice, Rome
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) 1485-1576 Venice
Jacopo Sansovino 1486-1570 Sculptor, Venetian Architect
Andrea del Sarto 1486-1530 Florence
Andrea del Brescianino 1487-1524
Bonifacio Veronese 1487-1553
Giovanni da Nola 1488-1558 Sculptor
Bernardino Licinio 1489-1565
Antonio Allegri da Correggio (1489-1534)
Giovanni Cariani 1490-1547
Ortolano Ferrarese 1490-1525
Francesco Beccaruzzi 1492-1563
Domenico Puligo 1492-1527
Baccio Bandinelli (1493-1560) Florentine Sculptor
Francesco Bacchiacca 1494-1557
Domenico Capriolo 1494-1528
Jean Cousin the Elder 1495-1560 French
Moretto da Brescia 1498-1554
Giulio Romano (c.1499-1546): managed the Raphael Rooms frescoes.
Paris Bordone 1500-1571
Giampietrino 1500-1540
Callisto Piazza 1500-1562
Girolamo da Carpi 1501-1556
Giulio Campi 1502-1572
Pierfrancesco Foschi 1502-1567
Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli 1507-1563 Sculptor
Andrea Palladio (1508-80) Architect
Jacopo Bassano 1510-1592
Brusasorci 1516-1567
Scipione Pulzone 1550-1598

Greatest Paintings of the High Renaissance

Here are some of the greatest pictures of the early cinquecento across Italy.

Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530)
Madonna of the Harpies (1517) Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

Correggio (1489-1534)
The Assumption of the Virgin (1524-30) Duomo ceiling, Parma Cathedral.
Lamentation (Deposition) (1525) Galleria Nazionale, Parma.
Jupiter and Io (1531-2) Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco) (1477-1510)
The Tempest (1508) Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice.
Reclining Venus (1518) Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Virgin of the Rocks (1484) Louvre, Paris.
Last Supper (1495-98) Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan.
Mona Lisa (1503) Louvre, Paris.

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
Genesis Fresco (1508-12) Sistine Chapel, Vatican.

Pietro Perugino (1450-1523)
Christ Giving the Keys to St Peter (1481-2) Sistine Chapel, Vatican.
Pieta (1494-5) Uffizi, Florence.

Raphael (1483-1520)
School of Athens (1510-11) Raphael Rooms Vatican.
The Sistine Madonna (1513) Gemaldegallerie, Dresden.
Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione (1514-15) Louvre Museum, Paris.
Portrait of Pope Leo X with Cardinals (1518) Pitti Palace, Florence.
The Transfiguration (1518-20, Pinacoteca Apostolica, Vatican.

Titian (c.1477-1576)
Portrait of a Man (1512) National Gallery, London.
Assumption of the Virgin (1516-8) S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice.
Venus of Urbino (1538) Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
Pope Paul III with his Grandsons (1546) Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte.
Venus and Adonis (1553) Prado Museum, Madrid.

The Italian High Renaissance was preceded by the Proto-Renaissance era (14th Century) and the Early Renaissance (15th Century), and was followed by Mannerism. For details of famous painters and sculptors from these periods, see: Proto-Renaissance Artists, then Early Renaissance Artists and Mannerist Artists.

For painters and sculptors working in Spain during this era, see: Spanish Renaissance Artists.

• For other art movements and periods, see: History of Art.
• For more about oils and watercolour painting, see: Homepage.


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