High Renaissance Artists
Italian Painters & Sculptors of Late-15th Century and Early 16th Century.

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

High Renaissance Artists (c.1490-1530)


Florence, Rome, Venice
Greatest Paintings of the High Renaissance

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

For the most important pictures
see Greatest Renaissance Paintings.

See Renaissance Sculptors.


The High Renaissance - between 1490 and the sack of Rome by German mercenaries in 1527 - witnessed the apogee of the Italian Renaissance period. Oil painting was adopted by many artists, for use on panels, as tempera declined. In Florence and Rome, the three foremost Old Masters of 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.


The Italian High Renaissance was preceded by the Proto-Renaissance era (14th Century) and the Early Renaissance (15th Century). For details of painters and sculptors from these periods, see: Proto-Renaissance Artists, then Early Renaissance Artists. After the High Renaissance comes Mannerism, a rather contrived style which leads into the Baroque. For exponents of Mannerist painting, sculpture and architecture, please see: Mannerist Artists.

For details of specific events, see: History of Art Timeline (from 800 BCE). For movements and schools, see: History of Art.


A-Z List of High Renaissance Artists

See below for an alphabetical list of High Renaissance artists:

Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) Painter in Florence
Ammanati, Bartolommeo (1511-1592) Rome Sculptor
Bandinelli, Baccio (1493-1560) Florentine Sculptor
Bartolommeo, Fra (1472-1517) Painter
Bassano, Jacopo (1510-1592) Painter
Begarelli, Antonio (1479-1565) Modena Sculptor
Bellini, Giovanni (1430-1516) Venetian Painter
Benedetto da Rovezzano (1476-1556) Florence Sculptor
Bordone, Paris (1500-1571) Painter
Bramante, Donato (1444-1514) Architect
Busti, Agostino (1480-1548) Milan Sculptor
Carpaccio, Vittore (1465-1525) Painter
Cellini, Benvenuto (1500-1571) Goldsmith and Sculptor
Correggio (1489-1534) Painter
Francesco di San Gallo (1493-1570) Florence Sculptor
Gagini, Antonio (1478-1536) Sicilian Sculptor
Ghirlandaio, Ridolfo (1483-1561) Painter
Giorgione (1477-1510) Venetian Painter
Giovanni della Robbia (1469-1529) Sculptor
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Painter/Inventor
Lombardi of Lucca, Alfonso (1497-1537) Bologna Sculptor
Lorenzo di Credi (1458-1537) Painter
Lotto, Lorenzo (1480-1556) Painter
Luca della Robbia (1400-1482) Sculptor
Michelangelo (1475-1564) Painter/Sculptor
Montorsoli, Fra Giovan' Angelo (1507-1563) Rome Sculptor
Moretto (1498-1554) Brescia Painter
Palladio, Andrea (1508-80) Architect
Pericoli, Niccole (1485-1550) Bologna Sculptor
Peruzzi, Baldassare (1481-1536) Architect
Primaticcio, Francesco (1504-1570) Sculptor, Architect, France
Properzia de' Rossi (1490-1530)
Raffaello da Montelupo (1505-1566) Rome Sculptor
Raphael (1483-1520) Painter
Romano, Gian Cristoforo (1470-1512) Sculptor
Romano, Giulio (1499-1546): managed the Raphael Rooms frescoes.
Rossellino, Antonio (1427-1479) Florentine Sculptor
Sanmicheli, Michele (1484-1559) Verona Architect
Sansavino, Andrea (1460-1529) Florence Sculptor
Sansovino, Jacopo (1486-1570) Sculptor, Venetian Architect
Savoldo, Giovanni (1506-48) Venetian Painter
Sebastiano del Piombo (1485-1547) Painter in Venice, Rome
Signorelli, Luca (1441-1523) Painter
Solari, Cristoforo ("the hunchback") (active 1489-1520) Milan Sculptor
Tintoretto (1518-94) Venetian Painter
Titian (1485-1576) Painter in Venice
Torrigiano, Piero (1472-1522) Sculptor. Carved Henry VII's tomb, Westminster
Veneto, Bartolomeo (1470-1531) Painter
Vignola (1507-1573) Architect

Florence, Rome, Venice: The Renaissance Across Italy

For details of painting and sculpture in specific Italian cities, see:

Renaissance Art in Florence
Donatello, Masaccio, Brunelleschi
Renaissance Art in Rome
Michelangelo, Donato Bramante, Raphael
Renaissance Art in Venice
Bellini family, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto

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.
Andrea del Sarto was the leader of the Florentine Renaissance from 1510, following the departure of Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael for Rome.

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.

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

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