Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520). One of the three pillars of Renaissance art, greatly known for his Madonnas and Vatican chapel fresoes.
Leonardo Da Vinci (Italian, 1492-1591). Painter and inventor, his name has surged way ahead of its time. Not only famous for his Mona Lisa, drawings on anatomy were the first most accurate in the world during their time. His drawing of the human heart amazingly showed the function of its valves. He was also the first to give medicine a precise picture of the cavities of the brain.
Michelangelo (Italian, 1475-1564). Painter, sculptor, and architect. This artist not only painted the interior of the Sistine Chapel, but also designed the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). The art world's one-man-movement. He gave birth to a multitude of styles in his several periods, the most famous of which was Cubism.
Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). The leader of the most revolutionary art group since the Renaissance, the Impressionists.
Paul Cezanne (French, 1893-1906). Instigator of the Post-Impressionists movement, virtually springing solely from his own impressionist-based studies that developed into a unique blend of color and form.
Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890). Never truly attained renown in his lifetime, yet his influence was felt 150 years after his tragic suicide to solidify the Expressionist movement. The name "Vincent" will never fail to invoke his memory.
Jan van Eyck (Dutch, 1390-1441). Known to be the father of early Renaissance art, and rumored to have innovated painting in oils. He studded his works with optical details that have presently engrossed scientific studies.
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669). This giant name in the art world is a master of light and shadow, and the use of color. With the use of religious themes, he changed the way people viewed other people.
El Greco (Spanish, 1541-1614). Probably the best of the mannerist painters. Influenced in the Byzantine manner, he developed a highly unique style of painting unfound and unduplicated by any other artist for many centuries.
Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989). Dali was as highly technical in his work as he was boundlessly eccentric. To him is the style surrealism almost completely derived as he sought all his life to copy the figures seen in the subconscious level of his mind.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901). Riddled with infirmity as a child, he rose above his disabilities to become one of the greatest names of the Post-Impressionist period in the art world.
Marc Chagall (Russian-born French, 1887-1985). Influenced surrealism with a style that was greatly cubist and expressionist, yet refused to be identified with any of the styles.
Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). Fauvist painter and leader of the Fauvist movement in 1905.
Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956). Developed the technique called "Drip Painting," which was really splashing colors all over the canvas. He said it liberates the artist from the use of the brush and in mixing colors.