12 Famous Italian Paintings and Where to See Them

Over the centuries, Italy has produced many fine painters, who have become household names.  Italy was at the heart of the Renaissance period which spanned the 14th-17th centuries.

Italian painters and sculptors had an incredible influence on European art and architecture and were major contributors to its rich cultural history.

In this story, you will find the most famous Italian paintings and where to see them.

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (1452- 1519)

It is a portrait of Lisa del Gherardini, who lived in Florence and was married to a wealthy silk merchant. 


The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper portrays Jesus sharing a meal with his apostles before he was captured and crucified.


The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (1455-1510)

The scene of the painting is taken from mythology and depicts Venus, the goddess of beauty and love.


Primavera by Sandro Botticelli

He painted Primavera when he returned to Florence having been living in Rome whilst he completed frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.


The School of Athens– by Raphael (1483-1520)

In the center of the painting are Plato and Aristotle in discussion – they represent the two different schools of philosophy.


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