Religious Affiliation of the World's
Greatest Artists


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Artists are listed here primarily because they are listed most frequently in various lists of the world's greatest artists. In addition, some artists are listed here because they are among the world's most popular artists. In addition to lists of the most historically influential and artistically great artists, lists of artist whose prints are most frequently searched for and purchased have also been consulted. Cassius Coolidge, Thomas Kinkade and Rene Magritte, for example, are certainly not considered as influential or as artistically brilliant as Michelangelo or Rembrandt, but their works are highly sought after and prints of their paintings typically sell better than many painters considered historically more important.

Artist's Name Sample Birth Place Years Born-Died Religious Affiliation
Harry Andersonart by Harry AndersonChicago, Illinois1906-1996Seventh-day Adventist
Fernando Boteroart by Fernando BoteroMedellin, Columbia1932-Catholic
Sandro Botticelliart by Sandro BotticelliFlorence, Italy1444-1510Catholic
Georges Braqueart by Georges BraqueArgenteuil-sur-Seine, France1882-1963?
Henri-Robert Bresilart by Henri-Robert BresilGonaives, Haiti1952-Latter-day Saint
Jan Brueghel the Elderart by Jan Brueghel the ElderBrussels, Belgium1568-1625?
Caravaggio (Michelangelo da Merisi)art by Caravaggio (Michelangelo da Merisi)Caravaggio, Italy1573-1610Catholic
Paul Cezanneart by Paul CezanneAix-en-Provence, France1839-1906Catholic
Marc Chagallart by Marc ChagallVitebsk, Belarus1887-1985Jewish
James C. Christensenart by James C. ChristensenCulver City, California1942-Latter-day Saint
Chris Consaniart by Chris ConsaniOttawa, Canada1951-?
Cassius Coolidgeart by Cassius Coolidgeupstate New York1844-1934Quaker
Lucas Cranach the Elderart by Lucas Cranach the ElderCronach, Upper Franconia, Germany1472-1553Lutheran
Salvador Daliart by Salvador DaliFigueras, Catalonia, Spain1904-1989Catholic
Edgar Degasart by Edgar DegasParis, France1834-1917Catholic
Francisco De Goyaart by Francisco De GoyaFuendetodos, Spain1746-1828Catholic
Eugene Delacroixart by Eugene DelacroixSaint-Maurice-en-Chalencon, Ardeche, France1798-1863Catholic
Albrecht Durerart by Albrecht DurerNuremberg, Germany1471-1528Catholic
Arnold Fribergart by Arnold FribergWinnetka, Illinois1913-Latter-day Saint
Paul Gauguinart by Paul GauguinParis, France1848-1903Theosophist
Huang Gongwangart by Huang GongwangJiangsu, China1269-1354Taoist
Edward Hicksart by Edward HicksBucks County, Pennsylvania1780-1849Quaker
George Innessart by George InnessNewburgh, New York1825-1894Swedenborgian
Frida Kahloart by Frida KahloCoyoacan, Mexico City, Mexico1907-1954Jewish Catholic
Margaret Keaneart by Margaret KeaneTennessee1927-Jehovah's Witness
Wassily Kandinskyart by Wassily KandinskyMoscow, Russia1866-1944Theosophist
Thomas Kinkadeart by Thomas KinkadeSacramento, California1958-Nazarene
Paul Kleeart by Paul KleeMunchenbuchsee, Switzerland1879-1940?
Gustav Klimtart by Gustav KlimtBaumgarten, Austria1862-1918?
Rene Magritteart by Rene MagritteLessines, Belgium1898-1967?
Edouard Manetart by Edouard ManetParis, France1832-1883Catholic
Henri Matisseart by Henri Matisse Le Cateau-Cambresis, France1869-1954Catholic
Michelangeloart by MichelangeloCaprese, Tuscany, Italy1475-1564Catholic
Joan Miroart by Joan MiroBarcelona, Catalonia, Spain1893-1983Catalan
Amedeo Modiglianiart by Amedeo ModiglianiLivorno, Tuscany1884-1920Jewish
Piet Mondrianart by Piet MondrianAmersfoort, The Netherlands1872-1944Theosophist
Claude Monetart by Claude MonetParis, France1840-1926"non-religious"
Edvard Munchart by Edvard MunchLoten, Norway1863-1944raised Lutheran; later Spiritualism, Pantheism
Georgia O'Keeffeart by Georgia O'KeeffeSun Prairie, Wisconsin1887-1986Episcopalian (nominal)
William Pageart by William PageAlbany, New York1811-1885Swedenborgian
Pablo Picassoart by Pablo PicassoMalaga, Spain1881-1973Catholic
Jackson Pollockart by Jackson PollockCody, Wyoming1912-1956said Native American ritual was his inspiration
Raphaelart by RaphaelUrbino, Italy1483-1520Catholic
Man Rayart by Man RayPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania1890-1976Jewish
Rembrandt van Rijnart by Rembrandt van RijnLeiden, The Netherlands1606-1669Dutch Reformed
Pierre-Auguste Renoirart by Pierre-Auguste RenoirLimoges, Haute-Vienne, France1841-1919Catholic
Diego Riveraart by Diego RiveraGuanajuato, Mexico1886-1957Jewish Catholc (Converso); atheist
Norman Rockwellart by Norman RockwellNew York City1894-1978Episcopalian (lapsed)
Dante Gabriel Rossettiart by Norman RockwellLondon, England1828-1882Anglican
Ed "Big Daddy" Rothart by Ed Big Daddy RothBeverly Hills, California1932-2001Latter-day Saint
Mark Rothkoart by Mark RothkoDaugavpils (Dvinsk), Russia (now Latvia)1903-1970Jewish
Peter Paul Rubensart by Peter Paul RubensSiegen, Westphalia (Flemish)1577-1640Catholic
LeConte Stewartart by LeConte StewartGlenwood, Utah1891-1990Latter-day Saint
Minerva Teichertart by Minerva TeichertNorth Ogden, Utah1888-1976Latter-day Saint
Titian (Tiziano Vecelli)art by Titian (Tiziano Vecelli)Pieve di Cadore (Veneto), Italy1490-1576Catholic
Mark Tobeyart by Mark TobeyCenterville, Wisconsin1890-1976Baha'i
Vincent Van Goghart by Vincent Van GoghZundert, The Netherlands1853-1890Dutch Reformed (one-time evangelist)
Jan Vermeerart by Jan VermeerDelft, The Netherlands1632-1675Dutch Reformed; Catholic
Leonardo da Vinciart by Leonardo da VinciVinci, Italy1452-1519Catholic
Andy Warholart by Andy WarholCleveland, Ohio1930-1987Catholic
Benjamin Westart by Benjamin WestSpringfield (Swarthmore), Pennsylvania1738-1820Quaker



Artists listed in: Kathleen Krull, Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought), Harcourt Brace & Company (1995):

Leonardo da VinciAnchiano, Italy1452-1519
Michelangelo BuonarrotiCaprese, Italy1475-1564
Peter BruegelNetherlands1525?-1569
Sofonisba AnguissolaCremona, Italy1532-1625
Rembrandt van RijnLeiden, Holland1606-1669
Katsushika HokusaiEdo, Japan1760-1849
Mary CassattAllegheny City, Pennsylvania1845-1926
Vincent van GoghGroot-Zundert, Holland1853-1890
Kathe KollwitzKonigsberg, East Prussia1867-1945
Henri MatisseLa Cateau-Cambresis, France1869-1954
Pablo PicassoMalaga, Spain1881-1973
Marc ChagallPestkovatik, Russia1887-1985
Marcel DuchampBlainville, France1887-1968
Georgia O'KeeffeSun Prairie, Wisconsin1887-1986
William H. JohnsonFlorence, South Carolina1901-1970
Salvador DaliFigueras, Spain1904-1989
Isamu NoguchiLos Angeles, California1904-1988
Diego RiveraGuanajuato, Mexico1886-1957
Frida KahloCoyoacan, Mexico1907-1954
Andy WarholPittsburgh, Pennsylvania1928-1987

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