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Just like where an artist was born, when they were born greatly influenced their work. Early artists may have been limited by materials. Others lived during a time when most art was commissioned by the Church and therefore painted mainly Biblical subjects or portraits of members of the upper classes. If you visit the artists within one of the groupings, you may notice similar styles and themes as well. It’s only as we get closer to modern times that we see a wider range of styles being produced concurrently.

Many famous artists lists by century focus on when the artist was active. A number of the artists profiled on The Famous Artists were active in two different centuries. Some were born as one was coming to a close and others we only know their date of death. Rather than spend time deciding where to put each artist, I’ve opted to use the date of birth, or death if that’s all that’s known.

While we celebrate the works of these artists, we unfortunately don’t know what all of them looked like. For some, there are no known portraits of them. Here on The Famous Artists, we will use one of their famous works to represent them.

The Famous Artists only works with artists who’s work has passed into the public domain. While I suspect there will be some artists from the 1900s eventually added, for now that time period remains unrepresented.

Artists Born Prior to 1400

Two Apes in an Oak Tree

Two Apes in an Oak Tree
by Yi Yuanji
(1000 – 1064)

Early Spring

Early Spring
by Guo Xi (1020 – 1090)

_portrait-Zhao Ji

Zhao, Ji
(1082 – 1135)

_Cavallini portrait

Cavallini, Pierto
(1259 – 1330)

_statue-of-giotto

Giotto di Bondone
(ca. 1266 – 1337)

The Road to Calvary

The Road to Calvary
by Martini, Simone
(ca. 1284 – 1344)

Nativity

The Nativity
by Daddi, Bernardo
(d. 1348)

jan van eyck portrait

Eyck, Jan van
(1380 – 1441)

Artists from the 1400s

birth of christ

Birth of Christ
by Uccello, Paolo
(1400 – 1475)

Marie Altar Scene

Marie Altar Scene: The St. Catherine and Mary Magdalene
by Witz, Konrad
(1400 – 1446)

Christ as Saviour

Christ as Savior
by Master E.S.
(1420 – 1467)

tura portrait

Tura, Cosimo
(1430 – 1495)

Raising of Lazarus Triptych

Raising of Lazarus Triptych
by Froment, Nicolas
(1435 – 1484)

Artists from the 1500s

coast-of-africa

Marbella
by Wyngaerde, Anton van den
(1525 – 1571)

Peonies

Peonies
by Yūshō, Kaihō
(1533 – 1615)

aachen-self-portrait

Aachen, Hans van
(1552 – 1615)

_Elsheimer-Adam

Elsheimer, Adam
(1578 – 1610)

The-Month-of-February

The Month of February
by Grimmer, Able
(1577 – 1619)

peter-paul-rubens

Rubens, Peter Paul (1577 – 1640)

painting thought to be a self portrait of Francisco de Zurbaran

Zurbaran, Francisco de (1598 – 1664)

Artists from the 1600s

The Ball

The Ball
by Bosse, Abraham (1602 – 1676)

_karel dujardin

Dujardin, Karel (1622 – 1678)

jan vermeer

Vermeer, Johannes (1632 – 1675)

Flowers in a Vase

Flowers in a Vase
by Mignon, Abraham (1640 – 1679)

still life of a peeled lemon...

Stille Life of a Peeled Lemon and Orange
by Broeck, Elias van den (1648 – 1708)

Self Portrait by Rosalba Carriera

Carriera, Rosalba (1673 – 1757)

self-portrait

Jeong Seon (1676 – 1759)

watteau

Watteau, Antoine (1684 – 1721)

Carl Alexander Herzog

Carl Alexander Herzog Portrait
by Querfurt, August (1696 – 1761)

Artists from the 1700s

_allan-ramsay

Ramsay, Allan (1713 – 1784)

portrait-by-kauffmann

Zucchi, Antonio (1726 – 1765)

Sailing Vessels in a Stiff Breeze, a Village Beyond

Sailing Vessels in a Stiff Breeze
by Xavery, Jacob (b.1736)

_Angelica Kauffmann

Kauffmann, Angelica (1741 – 1807)

_Kim Hong-do

Kim Hong-do (1745 – ca.1806)

_william-turner-portrait

Turner, William (1775 – 1851)

_self-portrait-at-24

Ingres, Dominique (1780 – 1867)

_portrait

Troostwijk, Wouter Johannes van
(1782 – 1810)

_portrait

Nasmyth, Patrick (1786 – 1831)

Artists from the 1800s

_edwin-landseer-portrait

Landseer, Edwin (1802 – 1873)

eugene-isabey-photo

Isabey, Eugene (1803 – 1886)

_portrait

Zeshin, Shibata (1807 – 1891)

_spitzweg-portrait

Spitzweg, Carl (1808 – 1885)

_jongkind

Jongkind, Johann Barthold (1818 – 1891)

Windfalls

Windfalls
by Anderson, Sophie Gengembre (1823 – 1903)

flavitsky-portrait

Flavitsky, Konstantin (1830 – 1867)

Henrik Olrik Photo

Olrik, Henrik (1830 – 1890)

_Camille Pissarro

Pissarro, Camille (1830 – 1903)

_Arthur Hughes

Hughes, Arthur (1832 – 1915)

_self-portrait-edouard-manet

Manet, Edouard (1832 – 1883)

Along The Canal, Venice

Along the Canal
by Ortega, Martin Rico (1833 – 1908)

_portrait

La Cour, Janus Andreas Bartholin (1837 – 1909)

_Paul Cezanne

Cezanne, Paul (1839 – 1906)

_Alfred Sisley

Sisley, Alfred (1839 – 1899)

_morisot-portrait-by-manet

Morisot, Berthe (1841 – 1895)

_portrait

Fildes, Luke (1844 – 1927)

charles-burton-barber

Barber, Charles Burton (1854 – 1894)

Douglas Volk

Volk, Douglas (1856 – 1935)

Commissioner, A Champion English Setter

Commissioner
by Osthaus, Edmund Henry (1858 – 1928)

By The Mill

By the Mill
by Parker, Henry H. (1858 – 1930)

_Hassam Childe photo

Hassam, Childe (1859 – 1935)

_ury-portrait

Ury, Lesser (1861 – 1931)

_arkhipov

Arkhipov, Arkhip Yefimovich (1862 – 1930)

Coles Phillips Photo

Phillips, Coles (1880 – 1927)


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