Top 10 Artists / Painters of all time

Who were the greatest 10 artists of all time? A difficult choice, but we pick 10 artists who made lasting contribution to changing the world through art.


artist1. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519) Renaissance painter, scientist, inventor, and more. Da Vinci is one of most famous painters in the world for his iconic Mona Lisa and Last Supper.

artist2. Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890). Dutch post-impressionist painter. Famous paintings include; Sunflowers, The Starry Night, and Cafe Terrace at Night.

artist3. Rembrandt (1606–1669) Dutch Master. One of the greatest painters, admired for his vivid realism. Famous paintings include The Jewish Bride and The Storm of the Sea of Galilee.

artist4. Michelangelo (1475–1564) Renaissance sculptor, painter and architect. Famous paintings include his epic ceiling mural on the Sistine Chapel.

artist5. Claude Monet (1840–1926) French impressionist painter. Famous paintings include Waterlilies, Women in Garden, and Impression Sunrise.

artist6. Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) Spanish, modern ‘cubist’ painter. Famous works include Guernica and Bird of Peace.

artist7. Raphael (1483–1520) Italian painter. Raphael, da Vinci and Michelangelo make up the high Renaissance trinity. Famous paintings include Mond Crucifixion and The Wedding of the Virgin.

artist8. Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) French painter, one of the early pioneers of impressionism. Also influenced by Italian renaissance. Famous works include Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette and On the Terrace.

artist9. Jan Vermeer (1632–1675) Dutch painter who specialised in genre painting – vivid depictions of still life. Famous paintings include View of Delft, Girl With a Pearl Earring, and The Milkmaid.

artist10. Paul Cezanne (1839–1906) French post-impressionist painter. Famous paintings include; The Card Players and Still Life with a Curtain.

Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan. “Top 10 Artists”, Oxford,  UK., 23rd May 2013. Last updated 1 March 2018.

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  • Any judgment of art, be it visual or audio or movement is subjective.
    It is as much a comment on the viewer as the viewed.

  • I guess I’m just not a fan of the impressionists. I love Michelangelo. Talent in all areas

  • Velazquez

  • Personal preference is almost impossible to keep out in creating lists such as this. Looking at all comments, it is obvious we do not all enjoy and rate these artists the same. Who is the final arbiter of truth? Where can you find someone completely objective? I too, enjoyed this list but I too, would have shifted some in and others out. We might find more success in listing the top fifty over all. There would still be disagreement but at least more of us would be satisfied at the top twenty-five on that list.

  • The god of artists Raja Ravivarma.

    • Wow i didnt know .

    • Just looked up Ravi Ravivarma. He was great at the beautiful clothing of people but he wasn’t great at faces, hands, etc. So, I would consider him not great. Sorry.

  • Leonardo da Vinci was a prominent name not only during the Italian Renaissance but is still recognized as one of the best names in the art world today. I literally love all of his artworks!

    • i to love all of his work in my words he is the best painter ever

  • These lists are always silly and based entirely on sales figures and hype, usually from people that dont know any better. Van Gogh, for example, whilst arguably the most popular and loved by many including myself, shouldn’t even be in the top ten. If you can even attribute objective lists at all. Greatest influence among artists would be Duchamp, or if you want to be smart arsed, Triatan Tzar, both who don’t even feature here! And Cezanne too, if you are going to have Renoir and Monet then you cannot leave Cezanne, the god father. Even Degas should be considered above Renoir.
    If you go by popularity, then you must include Dali. If it is by market influence then you must include some more modern artists too.
    Anyway, great list.

    • I shall check these out thank you as I want a wider range of inspiration yes.

    • Tristan Tsara was a dadaist. Dadaism is not even close to the greatest art. DuChamp’s Nude Descending A Staircase is interesting but definitely not the greatest art.

      Cezanne is definitely up there, in fact he’s #10!

      Dali, while a great artist is up there but not sure he’s in the “top 10”. This list is actually pretty great btw.

    • And that would include Warhol is you include Popularity.

  • Better that than failing and closing. Art gathering is not the ultimate function of Randolph. It is higher education. The art will be well-preserved in its new home–probably better than Randolph could afford. Museum pros need a better bogeyman than Randolph. Worry about the rich gathering up and hiding art in their own collections.

  • Michelangelo is great. My personal favorite artist is Van Gogh. He captured the very essence of everything he painted. I also adore the work of Eduard Monet. Carravagio and Tinteretto, a few others. Pablo Picasso – also very talented.

  • How can Van Gogh be above Michelangelo? The man who inspired artists for almost 500 years?

    • Artist who are most known. Everyone knows Van Gogh.

      • I didn’t other than the name
        I walked by his works thinking they are unattractive, as they are unappealing to me.
        I did however pick
        this artists work up and thought it was a brilliant depiction R. Weaver depicting a sunrise I believe over a wide river with autumn trees lining the banks the sky in hues of blue through to golden yellow and orange with the sun showing a pale white through it all with enough green to be early autumn and the sunrisen to about 10:30 am

    • Why van Gogh second…..he deserve….top of list….. greatest of all time

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