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Greatest Portrait PaintingsList of the best 200 portraits by the leading portraitists in history. MAIN A-Z INDEX
Girl With the Red Hat (1665-6) By Jan Vermeer.National Gallery Washington DC.
Greatest Portrait Paintings (1400-1970) List of the Top 200 Portraits Contents
Introduction and Criteria • Top 200 Portrait Paintings Italian Renaissance - Northern Renaissance 16th Century 17th Century 18th Century 19th Century 20th Century
In 1669, Andre Felibien, Secretary to the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, declared that – with the exception of history painting – portrait art was the worthiest type of fine art painting. For other types, see: painting genres.
Blue Boy (1770) By Thomas Gainsborough.Huntington Art Collections.
Introduction and Criteria Our list of the 200 Greatest Portraitsfeatures works in fresco, tempera, oils and watercolours, painted on panels, canvas, walls and ceilings, by some of the world’s best portrait artists. It contains all forms of the genre, including: religious, mythological and historical portraits, as well as celebrity, vanity and nude portraiture. Selected by our Editor, these individual, family and group portraits illustrate many of the major movements in the history of art, and should serve as a sound basis for further study.
For our interpretation of some of the greatest portraits, please see: Famous Paintings Analyzed. For the largest collection of portraiture (200, 000), see the National Portrait Gallery (London) .
Sarah Goodin Barrett Moulton:"Pinkie" (1794). By Thomas Lawrence.Huntington Institute, San Marino, California.
Portrait of Isaac Levitan (1893) By Valentin Serov.Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
PAINTING COLLECTIONSFor the best works, see:Greatest Paintings (800-1800) Modern Paintings (1800-1900) 20th-Century Paintings
Top 200 Portrait Paintings Listed by period then A-Z by artist.
For other types of painting, see the following:
Greatest Genre Paintings (1500-2000) • Famous Landscape Paintings (1800-2000) • Religious Paintings (c.200-present).
Italian Renaissance Portraits Fra Bartolommeo (1472-1515) Portrait of Girolamo Savonarola (1498) Museo di San Marco, Florence.See also: Renaissance Portraits.
Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516) Doge Leonardo Loredan (1504) National Gallery, London.See also: Venetian Portrait Painting (1400-1600).
Piero di Cosimo (1461-1521) Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci (1482) Musee Conde, Chantilly.
Piero della Francesca (1420-92) Portraits of Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza (1465-66) Uffizi.
Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-94) Francesco Sassetti and his son Teodoro (1487) Metropolitan Museum of Art. Old Man with a Young Boy (1490) Louvre, Paris.
Leonardo (1452-1519) Lady with an Ermine (Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani) (1490) Czartoryski Museum Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) (1503) Louvre, Paris.
Andrea Mantegna (1430-1506) The Court of Ludovico II Gonzaga (c.1474) Ducal Palace, Mantua.See also: Early Renaissance Painting (1400-90).
Antonello da Messina (1430-1479) Christ Crowned with Thorns (Ecce Homo) (1470) Metropolitan Museum, NY. Portrait of a Man (1475) National Gallery, London. Condottiero (1475) Louvre, Paris.
Pisanello (1394-1455) Portrait of Ginevra d’Este (1434) Louvre, Paris.
Raphael (Raffaello Sanzi) (1483-1520) Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione (1514-15) Louvre. Pope Leo X with Cardinals (1518) Galleria Palatina, Pitti Palace, Florence.
Titian (1488-1576) A Man with a Quilted Sleeve (1512) National Gallery, London. Pope Paul III with his Grandsons (1546) Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte.See also: High Renaissance Painting (1490-1530).
Northern Renaissance Portraits Petrus Christus (1410-75) Portrait of a Young Girl (1470) Gemaldegalerie, Berlin.
Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) Portrait of Luther and Wife (Diptych) (1529) Uffizi, Florence.
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) Self-Portrait (1498) Prado, Madrid. Self-Portrait with Fur Collar (c.1500) Alte Pinakothek, Munich.
Jan van Eyck (1390-1441) Man in a Red Turban (1433) National Gallery, London. Arnolfini Portrait (1434) National Gallery, London.