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Below are biographies and analysis of the works of the modern artists that have particularly deep religious, spiritual, and ideological basis for a significant part of their work.

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Religious Artists: 32 of 446 Total Artists
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Italian Sculptor and Architect

Movement: The Baroque

Born: December 7, 1598 - Naples

Died: November 28, 1680 - Rome

Bernini redefined sculpture with iconic works capturing key moments of pleasure and narative.

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English Poet, Painter, and Printmaker

Movement: Romanticism

Born: November 28, 1757 - London, United Kingdom

Died: August 12, 1827 - Westminster, United Kingdom

William Blake was an English painter and poet who was very influential during the late-eighteenth-century Romantic Age of poetry and the visual arts.

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Italian Painter

Movements and Styles: High Renaissance, Mannerism

Born: September 29, 1571 - Caravaggio, Lombardy

Died: July 18, 1610 - Porto Ercole, Lombardy

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian Late Renaissance painter who is considered a master of chiaroscuro. He is known for his hot temper and for making powerful portraits and religious scenes.

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French-Russian Draftsman, Painter, and Printmaker

Movements and Styles: Expressionism, Cubism

Born: July 7, 1887 - Vitebsk, Russian Empire (present day Belarus)

Died: March 28, 1985 - Saint-Paul, France

Marc Chagall was a Russian-born, Jewish-French artist that reached great popularity during the 20th century. Although his art is associated with several movements, Chagall is commonly grouped in with the German Expressionists. Much of his early work was credited with synthesizing visual elements of Cubism, Symbolism and Fauvism.

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Italian Painter, Designer, Sculptor, Inventor, Scientist, Architect, and Engineer

Movement: High Renaissance

Born: April 15, 1452 - Anchiano, Tuscany

Died: May 2, 1519 - Clos Lucé, Amboise (now France)

Universally lauded as one of the greatest artists of all time, Leonardo da Vinci is known for his contributions to the Renaissance period in the form of portraits and religious paintings. Da Vinci was the eponymous "Renaissance Man," proficient not only in art, but also in mathematics, science, and technology.

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Italian Painter

Movement: Early Renaissance

Born: c.1420 - Borgo San Sepolcro, Italy

Died: October 12th, 1492 - Borgo San Sepolcro, Italy

Piero della Francesca was a painter, sculptor, architect, and mathematician of the Early Renaissance. His most famous works are revolutionary in a serene realism and overall geometric perspective.

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Italian Sculptor

Movement: Early Renaissance

Born: c. 1386 - Florence

Died: December 13, 1466 - Florence

Famed Renaissance sculptor Donatello was known particularly for his bas-relief sculptures and for his bronze David, commissioned for Palazzo Medici.

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German Renaissance Draughtsman, Engraver, Woodcutter and Painter

Movement: Northern Renaissance

Born: March 21, 1471 - Part of the Holy Roman Empire (Modern Day Nuremberg, Germany)

Died: April 6, 1528 - Part of the Holy Roman Empire (Modern Day Nuremberg, Germany)

Albrecht Dürer was a German painter and printmaker whose introduction of classical motifs whose iconic works secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance.

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Greek-Spanish Painter, Sculptor, and Architect

Movement: Mannerism

Born: October 1, 1541 - Crete, Greece

Died: April 7, 1614 - Toledo, Spain

El Greco was a master artist who employed highly expressive techniques and elongated figures that both confounded his contemporaries and influenced later movements such as Expressionism and Cubism.

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Italian Painter and Manuscript Illuminator

Movement: Early Renaissance

Born: c. 1395 - Vicchio di Mugello, Florence

Died: c. 1455 - Rome

Fra Angelico was an Early Italian Renaissance painter whose frescoes were conduits for expressing his religious devotion. Fra Angelico's works are lauded for their use of linear perspective and muted, humble color palettes.

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German Painter

Movement: Romanticism

Born: September 5, 1774 - Greifswald, Swedish Pomerania (present day Germany)

Died: May 7, 1840 - Dresden, Germany

Friedrich was a German Romantic landscape painter, and considered by many academics to be the finest German painter of his time. Like his contemporaries JMW Turner and John Constable, Friedrich's paintings portrayed the awesome power of nature with sublime, divine presence.

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Catalan Architect and Designer

Movements and Styles: Art Nouveau, Modern Architecture

Born: June 25, 1852 - Reus, Catalonia, Spain

Died: June 10, 1926 - Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Antoni Gaudí was the most popular representative of the Catalan Modernista movement, which combined elements of Art Nouveau, Japonism, Gothic design, and geometric forms. Gaudi's design style has been referred to as "global," indicating a profound attention to every detail of his work, from a building's structure and placement down to its smallest decorative details. Gaudi's masterpiece is the Sagrada Familia, a distinctly modern church in Barcelona. Modern Architecture Modern Design Art Nouveau Religious Art Spanish male european

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French Draftsman, Painter, Printmaker, and Sculptor

Movements and Styles: Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Primitivism in Art

Born: June 7, 1848 - Paris, France

Died: May 8, 1903 - Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Paul Gauguin was a French Post-Impressionist artist who employed color fields and painterly strokes in his work. He is best known for his primitivist depictions of native life in Tahiti and Polynesia.

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British Sculptors, Photographers, Digital, Performance, and Conceptual Artists

Movements and Styles: Performance Art, Conceptual Art, Modern Photography, Pop Art, Digital Art

Born: Gilbert: September 17th, 1943 - Dolomites, Italy
           George: January 8th, 1942 - Devon, England

Gilbert and George are a British artistic duo, best known for their provocative and conceptualist public stagings, and the idiosyncratic manner in which they conduct themselves.

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Russian Painter, Writer, Set and Costume Designer, and Illustrator

Movements and Styles: Rayonism, Russian Futurism, Performance Art, Proto-Feminist Artists, Neo-Primitivism

Born: June 21, 1881 - Nagaevo, Tula Province, Russia

Died: October 17, 1962 - Paris, France

Goncharova was part of the Russian avant garde generation involved in a relentless exploration of different visual styles. She also co-founded Rayonism with her life partner Mikhail Larionov.

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Russian Painter, Typographer, and Designer

Movements and Styles: Suprematism, Constructivism

Born: November 23, 1890 - Pochinok, Russian Empire

Died: December 30, 1941 - Moscow, Soviet Union

El Lissitzky was a Russian avant-garde painter, photographer, architect and designer. Along with his mentor Kazimir Malevich, Lissitzky helped found Suprematism. His art often employed the use of clean lines and simple geometric forms, and expressed a fascination with Jewish culture. Lissitzky was also a major influence on the Bauhaus school of artists and the Constructivist movement.

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Italian Painter, Sculptor, Poet, and Architect

Movement: High Renaissance

Born: March 6, 1475 - Caprese, Arezzo, Florence

Died: February 18, 1564 - Rome

Michelangelo was the legendary Italian Renaissance artist famous for his sculpters of David and his Pieta, and he is perhaps best known for his large-scale painted frescos in the Sistine Chapel.

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Dutch Painter

Movements and Styles: De Stijl, Neo-Plasticism

Born: March 7, 1872 - Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Died: February 1, 1944 - New York, New York

Piet Mondrian, a founding member of the De Stijl movement, was a Dutch modern artist who used grids, perpendicular lines, and the three primary colors in what he deemed "Neoplastic" painting.

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French Painter

Movement: Symbolism

Born: April 6, 1826 - Paris, France

Died: April 18, 1898 - Paris, France

Gustave Moreau was the quintessential French Symbolist painter who depicted narrative moments and figures from classical mythology and biblical history.

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Spanish Painter

Movement: The Baroque

Born: c. December 31, 1617 - Seville, Spain

Died: April 3, 1682 - Seville, Spain

Murillo in his paintings combined a grasp of the sensual world with religious conviction and respect for narrative clarity.

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Artists that specialized in abstraction.
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Artists of African-American background.
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Artists that were inspired by or tried to recreate aspects of music, or somehow worked with sound.
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Erotic Artists
Artists whose depictions had a significant erotic component.
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Artists central to Jewish Art or made art that is connected to Jewish experience.
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Artist that identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, or otherwise associated with LGBT topics.
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Artists central to Modern Architecture. Dont miss our pages on architecture such as Early Renaissance, Arts and Crafts Movement, The Vienna Secession, and Wiener Werkstatte, and the International Style.
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Artists central to Modern Sculpture.
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Artists whose work was particularly political in nature and aspiration.
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Artists that practiced portraiture.
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Religious Artists
Artists that have particularly deep religious, spiritual, and ideological basis for a significant part of their work.
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Artists that practiced self-portraiture.
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Artists that inspired the Feminist Art movement of the 1960s.