The list of the greatest painters or sculptors is very subjective. Different people have a different opinion. Here, we have a list based on certain criteria such as how long they have been popular for, their influence on their contemporaries, the value of their art, techniques, public opinion, etc. Here is a list of the artists of all time.
Michaelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564)
He is the greatest painter, sculptor, and draughtsman of all time. He was a major contributor of the Italian High Renaissance in both Rome and Florence. He combined Christian art with human feeling and colossal gravitas. His marble carvings have a flawless polish. His masterpieces include ‘Genesis fresco’ (1508 – 12), Sistine Chapel ceiling; ‘Pieta’ (1497 – 9), Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome; ‘Dying Slave’ (1513 – 16), Louvre, Paris, and more.
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 69)
He is the greatest painter of the Renaissance. He created various masterpieces that include history painting, group and individual portraiture, still-life, etc. He is popular for the character and emotional content of his paintings. His masterpieces include ‘The Night Watch’ (1642), Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; ‘Jan Six’ (1964), Six Collection, Amsterdam; ‘The Jewish Bride’ (c. 1665-8), Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, etc.
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
He was a great sculptor, ceramicist, printmaker, and designer. His revolutionary treatment of the picture plane began a new era of fine art. His works have great influence on the modern art. He was the most influential artists of the 20th century. He is a great expressionist painter and semi-abstract artist. His masterpieces include ‘La Vie’ (1903), Cleveland Museum of Art;’Blue Nude’ (c. 1904), Picasso Museum, Barcelona; ‘Weeping Woman (1937), Tate Gallery, London.
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519)
He was a Florentine artist, theorist, and scientist. His oil painting technique was very innovation. His works were influential. His masterpieces include ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’ (c.1484), Louvre Museum; ‘Last Supper’ (1495-98), Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, ‘Mona Lisa’ (1503), Louvre Museum, and more.
JMW Turner (1775 – 1851)
He is the greatest landscape painter ever. He exhibited at the London Royal Academy at the age of 15. He was equally good at using oils and watercolors. He had a great interest in the portrayal of light. His masterpieces include ‘The Fighting Temeraire (1839), National Gallery, London, and more.
The works of these artists will always be remembered. They have been famous for generations and continued to be so. There is still a huge demand for their paintings.