They were particularly influential during the Renaissance periods which were initiated by some of the famous Italian artists that you will find below. This website attempts to cover all art movements in which Italian painters played an important role, but there is a particular focus on the Renaissance periods because of their importance to the development of art both within Italy as well as Europe as a whole.
The Italian Renaissance let to new ideas and techniques within art and many of the paintings and sculptures to have come from this era are still very much celebrated today by the many fans of Italian art who can be found right across the world. Indeed one of the major reasons for international tourists to visit Italy is to get see enjoy some of the original paintings which were created here many centuries ago. In some cases the paintings were produced within installations, ensuring that they would never leave the country and this situation has helped to preserve the country's artistic history and keep it all together. You can find famous French art and famous British art here.
Italian paintings are in some cases just one aspect of the careers of some impressively talented individuals such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo who also excelled in many other avenues such as invention, sculpture and literature. The painting that you see above was actually a Renaissance pencil sketch that Da Vinci entitled Female Head and that remains one of the most popular current Italian art works as a reproduction for those who wish to add copies of the originals to their own homes.
There is a combination within this website of famous Italian paintings from wellknown artists and also other lesser known scenes of the Italian countryside which are currently just as popular for those who perhaps want to remember a previous holiday in Tuscany or one of the many other picturesque Italian provinces which now make up the unified country. Many art fans are not concerned with specific artists and just want something to add to their wall which sums up the look that they're after, be it an Italian countryside scene or anything else.