History has many famous painters who have made a lasting contribution to changing the world through their creative work.

A true artist is endowed with the unique ability to take his or her moment in time and captivate its essence so that their work becomes timeless.

They inspire our lives, passion and spread a message of love through their work.

Let’s explore the top 7 painters of their time and discover the stories behind their work:

1. Leonardo Da Vinci

The full name of the greatest painter was Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci. He was born on 14/15 April 1452 in Vinci, Republic of Florence (present time Italy). He was one of the greatest people of his time. His interest was not limited to painting only.

He was interested in invention, drawing, literature, painting, engineering, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, geology, astronomy, palaeontology, and cartography.

Andrea Del Verrocchio was his teacher at that time.

The most famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci is Mona Lisa was painted in 1503. This is one of the mysterious painting ever.

Few more famous paintings by Leonardo:

a. The Last Supper: 1498

b. Salvator Mundi: 1500

c. Lady with an Ermine: 1490

d. Saint John the Baptist: 1513

e. Adoration of the Magi: 1481

2. Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is a famous Dutch painter born on March 30, 1853, in Zundert, Netherlands. There are lots of popular and famous paintings that he has created. Let’s know some facts about his life:

- He is considered as the painter in the history of Western art.

- He has created about 2,100 artworks and 800 oil paintings.

- He created most of his artworks in the last two years of his life.

- He was able to sell only one of his paintings before died.

- His most famous artwork ‘The Starry Night’ was painted by him in an asylum.

- This famous and talented painter died when he was only 37.

Some other famous paintings by Van Gogh:

a. Café Terrace at Night

b. The Potato Eaters

c. Irises

d. Starry Night over the Rhône

e. The Church at Auvers

3. Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso is a famous Spanish painter who was born on 25 October 1881 in Malaga, Spain. His full name is quite interesting, Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de Los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.

- Picasso finished his first paintwork at the age of 9 years

- His father gave up on him after seeing his talent

- He was not only a painter, but he was also a sculptor, ceramicist, poet, playwright, and set designer at the same time.

- When Mona Lisa was stolen from Louvre, he was 29 years old and was one of the suspects.

- He is the world’s most prolific painter.

- He was a womanizer with two marriages and many love affairs.

Some famous paintings by Picasso:

a. Guernica

b. La Vie

c. Girl before a Mirror

d. Don Quixote

e. Portrait of Gertrude Stein

4. Jan Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer is a Dutch painter who was born on October 31, 1632, in Delft, Netherlands. He has created some amazing artworks which are appreciated in the history of artwork and painting. He was married to Catharina Bolnes and had 11 children. Let’s learn some facts about his life:

- He left his family due to great debt

- He was popularly known as Jan

- His artworks were not well-known outside of Delft in his lifetime.

- His most famous creation is ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

Some other famous artwork by this Dutch painter:

a.  The Milkmaid

b. The Art of Painting

c. View of Delft

d. The Little Street

5. Claude Monet

Claude Monet was a French painter and was born on November 14, 1840, in Rue Laffitte, Paris, France. Let’s learn some facts about this great painter:

- He was the founder of French Impressionist painting.

- He started painting at a very young age.

- He served as a soldier in Algeria

- Depression with life, he jumped from the bridge of Seine but survived.

- Famous French painter Auguste Renoir has created a painting of Monet.

- He collected and imported water lilies from all across the world.

Here  are some of the most amazing and beautiful paintings of this great artist:

a. Impression, Sunrise

b. Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son

c. The Water Lily Pond

d. San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk

e. Beach in Pourville

f. Bordighera

g. Regatta at Argenteuil

6. Raphael

Raphael was an Italian painter was born in 1483 in Urbino, Italy. He was a famous architect too. Here are some interesting facts about his life:

- His full name is Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino.

- His first documented artwork is the Baronci Altarpiece.

- Most of his early painting was inspired by Pietro Perugino, his teacher.

- He was never married but had many lovers.

Some amazing paintings by Raphael:

a. School of Athens

b. Transfiguration

c. Sistine Madonna

d. The Marriage of the Virgin

e. Triumph of Galatea

f. La Fornarina

7. Auguste Renoir

Renoir is another famous French painter in history. He was born on February 25, 1841, in Limoges-Cité, France. Let’s learn some facts about this famous painter:

- Initially, he was passionate about singing not painting.

- He started his career as a porcelain painter.

- He had a good friendship with famous artist Claude Monet.

Some famous artworks by Renoir:

a. Luncheon of the Boating Party

b. Bal du moulin de la Galette

c. Girls at the Piano

d. Two Sisters (On the Terrace)


The artwork of these great artists are certainly a piece of creative inspiration. So what are you waiting for, take the brush and color the canvas with your ideas !