Most Famous Medieval Artists


Medieval art is generally considered to be located somewhere between a fall of roman empire in ~500 until a renaissance era which roughly started in 14th century. It covers a vast majority of styles and religions (which motives of medieval artists are mostly on), such as:

  • Early Christian art

  • Byzantine art

  • Insular art

  • Islamic art

  • Pre-Romanesque and Romanesque art

  • Gothic art

Most Famous Medieval Artists

Donatello (1386-1466)

  • Italian sculpturist (real name Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi). Originally trained as a goldsmith he was also able to create statues with multiple materials. He is famously known for his works such as: David; Madonna and Child; Magdalene Penitent; St. Mark; St. John; Gates of Paradise
David by Donatello


Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337)

  • Italian painter that exceeded in painting accurately from nature. Most known for his works: Scrovegni Chapel; Lamentation of the Death of Christ; Orgissanti Madonna; Flight to Egypt; The Last Judgment; The Acsention.


Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455)

  • Italian sculptor and goldsmith who made most sculptures in metal. Lorenzo also wrote an important to an art community book Commentarii that is also considered to be one of his autobiography pieces. Most known for: Gates of Paradise; St. John the Baptist; St. Matthew.


Cimabue (1240-1302)

  • Italian painter and mosaic designer. Teacher of Giotto and one of the first ones to paint very detailed figures with liflike proportions. Most known for: Crusifix; Madonna Enthroned with Child; Virgin Enthroned with Angels; Kristi Gripande; St. Francis of Assisi.


    Master of Tahull (12th century)

    • His real name was not identified. Considered to be one of the most important Romanesque painters. Most known for: Pantocrator; Entry of Christ into Jerusalem; Life of Christ; Raising of Lazarus.


      Andrei Rublev (1360s-1427)

      • Russian icon painter. The most famous orthodox icon painter from that time and perceived to be an ideal in the Eastern Church iconography. Known for combining asceticism and a classic Byzantine mannerism. Famous works: Trinity; Christ in Majesty; Christ the Redeemer; Nativity of Jesus)



        Kamal ud-Din Behzad (1455-1535)

        • One of the most influential arabic painters of the time. Persian originated he was the leading figure in Islamic miniature painting. Behzad used geometrical formulas to paint his pictures that allowed him to create really outstanding works in details and complexity. Famous works: Bettle Ground of Timur and the Mamluk Sultan; Dancing Dervishes; The hunting Ground; The Contraction of Castle Khavarmaq)

        Byzantine Art (~500-~1450)

        • Although it is hard to find actual names of the painters that made these masterpieces, but Byzantine Art in general is the ancestor of all European works that came later in 1200>. The unique style was copied by almost every artist of that time and later evolved into the Reinsurance. Famous works: Theokotos of Vladimir; Christ Pantocrator in Hagia Sophia; Virgin and Child Mosaic in Hagia Sophia; Book of Job in Byzantine illuminated Manuscripts)

        Yahya ibn Mahmud al-Wasiti (13th century)

        • It very little known about his life, but he was the one to illustrate a very known al-Hariri’s Maqamat. He was on of the first examples of the style used in 13th century in the middle east.

        Medieval art memes

        Fun fact is that medieval art is getting more and more popular again with memes and funny comics.
        Since everybody loves them so much, there is a few: