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On this “Names of Famous Artists” page:

- An alphabetical listing of the world's famous artists!

Self-Portrait, Rembrandt

This is simple and straightforward:  a simple chronological list of names of famous artists. It includes, when possible, an image of the artist in question, the birth and death dates, and a little comment to help you know why the artist is unique or why he or she is important..  When appropriate, you will see links that will take you through to pages that are pertinent:  either the specific artist is mentioned elsewhere on the site, or I will send you through to the page on the art movement he is linked to or the country or culture he is connected with.

If you are looking for a way to get started on a base of the 100 artists you really need to know, you may want to take a look at the Famous Artist List.  This is my special list that I put together over the course of a couple of years of research; I tried to identify the artists who were the most important in their period or art movement.  I don’t promise that it is an indisputable list, but you can’t go too far wrong starting there!

On the other hand, this list of Names of Famous Artists will begin with the Famous Artist List in chronological order, but I will continue adding to it as I build the website – which I think will be for many years to come.

In the immediate I am beginning with the major European and American artists.  I am fully aware that there is a lot more wonderful art out there than in only Europe and North America, but when taking on a project of this size, you have to find a way to make it manageable!  I am hopeful of getting this first chunk done, so I can start attacking artists in other neat places like South America, Russia or Japan – just as a beginning!

And now – do you have a favorite artist you would like to see added to the list?  If so, please just use the comments section at the bottom of this page to give me their name – and if you want, the dates and why you think they are important for this list. 

Look forward to hearing your ideas!

Cimabue (1240 - 1302) was Giotto's master, and was important for turning away from the then current Byzantine style, to study anatomy.

Duccio (1255 - 1318) was one of his time's most important artists (his Maesta Altarpiece, left).

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