Whether you are an avid art-lover or not, you’ll surely recognise some of these famous Italian paintings and their artists:


The Last Supper

5 FAMOUS ITALIAN PAINTINGS - the last supperThis is probably the most famous painting by an Italian artist of all time. Leonardo da Vinci painted the work of art featuring the famous scene of Jesus Christ before his death. Since its establishment during the early Renaissance, the work has been parodied by multiple artists around the world. This painting marked a significant point in the development of Italian art.

Mona Lisa

5 FAMOUS ITALIAN PAINTINGS - Mona LisaAlso known as La Gioconda, this painting is the most talked about and one of the most well-known in history. The original is on display at the Louvre, and once you get through the queues, like many, you will probably be surprised to see how small it is. A great obsession of his, Da Vinci spent many years on this painting.

Creation of Adam

5 FAMOUS ITALIAN PAINTINGS - creation of adamAnother well-known work of art, Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam now has an iconic status and was highly admired while the artist was still alive – usually a rare feat for many artists, whose works were typically acknowledged after their passing.

School of Athens

5 FAMOUS ITALIAN PAINTINGS - school of athensRanked as the last great renaissance painter, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino) painted the much-adored School of Athens – just one of the many various outstanding works of art from the artist. Although he, unfortunately, died young, his reputation lives on through his art as he remains well known within the Italian art sphere.

Ecce Homo

5 FAMOUS ITALIAN PAINTINGS - ecce homoAntonio Ciseri’s depiction of Ecce Homo – translating to ‘behold the man’, details Pilate presenting a scourged Jesus to the people of Jerusalem. An important Christian topic, Ecce Homo is well known for its various depictions from other artists as well, such as Bosch and Caravaggio.

Thanks to the huge success of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, Italian artworks are among the most reproduced in the world.