Famous Renaissance Painters Michelangelo Titian Sandro Botticelli
Giving rise to the term 'renaissance man', this artistic movement originated in Italy and spread to much of Europe. The Renaissance period began in the 1300s with painters such as Giotto di Bondone and the sculptor Nicola Pisano. The subject matter of these paintings primarily reflected either scenes from the bible or from classical antiquity. The renaissance movement was particularly influenced by the lavish and intricate style of the fallen Byzantine empire and by ancient Greek and Roman art and stories.
Figures in renaissance art were not properly proportioned and paintings typically had some sort of religious symbolism to them, such as The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, which was a series of paintings depicting scenes from the life and death of Christ painted by the brothers Hubert van Eyck and Jan van Eyck some time around the 1430's. In the mid 15th century the pope rebuilt the Sistine Chapel and commissioned a number of the most famous and influential renaissance artists such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, and of course, Michelangelo.
The dawn of the 16th century was known as the High Renaissance, and it is during this time that renaissance art and artists were most prominent in Europe. One famous example is Leonardo da Vinci, who painted many works including what may be the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa, which he completed in the early years of the sixteenth century.
Other famous works of art from the renaissance movement include: The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo (1511), The Descent from the Cross by Rogier van der Weyden (1435) and Jean Hey who painted the Moulins Altarpiece.