Bio movies about painters

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1. Andrei Rublev (1966)

R | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer St. Andrei Rublev.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev

Votes: 42,354 | Gross: $0.10M

4. Painéis de São Vicente de Fora - Visão Poética (2010)

16 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

The characters from a historical piece of art come to life to discuss poignant themes such as war and world peace.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Ricardo Trêpa, Diogo Dória, Daniel Punilhas, Ângelo do Carmo

Votes: 70

7. Immoral Women (1979)

109 min | Drama

3 women and 3 erotic tales: **** 1- MARGHERITA: Did the great Renaissance painter Raphael Sanzio die because of the cold he took in the ruins of Rome? Or was it out of pleasure? Only one ... See full summary »

Director: Walerian Borowczyk | Stars: Marina Pierro, Gaëlle Legrand, Pascale Christophe, François Guétary

Votes: 563

8. The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (1971)

300 min | Biography, History

He was the creator and artist of the Mona Lisa portrait

Stars: Philippe Leroy, Giulio Bosetti, Bruno Piergentili, Giampiero Albertini

Votes: 328

9. Da Vinci's Demons (2013–2015)

59 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Follows Leonardo Da Vinci during his early days in Florence, as a young artist, inventor and dreamer, trying to change the future.

Stars: Tom Riley, Gregg Chillin, Eros Vlahos, Laura Haddock

Votes: 71,519

10. The Affairs of Cellini (1934)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Constance Bennett, Fredric March, Frank Morgan, Fay Wray

Votes: 316

11. Il magnifico avventuriero (1963)

93 min | Adventure

Benvenuto Cellini knows no obstacles when it comes to creating a work of art or conquering the heart of a woman.

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Brett Halsey, Claudia Mori, Françoise Fabian, José Nieto

Votes: 70

12. Una vita scellerata (1990)

118 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571), a soldier and one of the most important craftsmen and artists of Renaissance Italy, whose life was marked by many achievements and adventures, but also crimes.

Director: Giacomo Battiato | Stars: Wadeck Stanczak, Max von Sydow, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 81

13. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

Approved | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews

Votes: 6,217

14. A Season of Giants (1990 TV Movie)

Biography, Drama, History

At the turn of the sixteenth century, Michelangelo (Mark Frankel), Raphael (Andrea Prodan), and Leonardo Da Vinci (John Glover) create their masterpieces, while dealing with religious prosecution, political turmoil, and the discovery of America.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Vittorio Amandola, Steven Berkoff, Rodolfo Bigotti

Votes: 76

17. Michelangelo - Infinito (2017)

97 min | Biography, Drama

A painter recounts the life of Michelangelo.

Director: Emanuele Imbucci | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Ivano Marescotti

Votes: 252

19. Sin (2019)

134 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Adriano Chiaramida, Orso Maria Guerrini, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Jakob Diehl

Votes: 257

20. The Mill and the Cross (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, History

80 Metascore

This movie focuses on a dozen of the five hundred characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564.

Director: Lech Majewski | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling, Joanna Litwin

Votes: 3,684 | Gross: $0.31M

21. Goltzius and the Pelican Company (2012)

Not Rated | 128 min | Biography, Comedy, History

Hendrik Goltzius, a late sixteenth-century Dutch printer and engraver of erotic prints, seduces the Margrave of Alsace into paying for a printing press to make and publish illustrated books.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Ramsey Nasr, F. Murray Abraham, Hendrik Aerts, Boris Bakal

Votes: 1,028

22. Jörg Ratgeb - Painter (1978)

101 min | Drama, History

On the eve of the Peasants' War, painter Jörg Ratgeb is in search of a Christ figure. He can't find anyone who can fulfill this longing. Cast into self-doubt, he leaves his wife and ... See full summary »

Director: Bernhard Stephan | Stars: Alois Svehlík, Margrit Tenner, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Günter Naumann

Votes: 5

23. Artemisia (1997)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Merlet | Stars: Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Luca Zingaretti

Votes: 1,954 | Gross: $0.38M

24. An Adventure of Salvator Rosa (1939)

97 min | Adventure

Gino Cervi, Luisa Ferida, and Osvaldo Valenti star in this Italian swashbuckler which would have starred Errol Flynn or Douglas Fairbanks had it been made in Hollywood. Salvatore Rosa was a... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Gino Cervi, Luisa Ferida, Rina Morelli, Osvaldo Valenti

Votes: 59

25. El Greco (1966)

Approved | 95 min | Biography, Drama

16th-century Spain, the famed Italian painter El Greco journeys to Toledo to paint an altarpiece. Trouble ensues when he falls in love with a beautiful local girl.

Director: Luciano Salce | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Rosanna Schiaffino, Adolfo Celi, Mario Feliciani

Votes: 141

26. El Greco (2007)

119 min | Biography, Drama

The story of the uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as "El Greco".

Director: Yannis Smaragdis | Stars: Nick Clark Windo, Juan Diego Botto, Laia Marull, Lakis Lazopoulos

Votes: 4,259

29. Caravaggio (1986)

93 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Noam Almaz, Dexter Fletcher, Nigel Terry, Sean Bean

Votes: 4,933 | Gross: $0.00M

30. Caravaggio (2007 TV Movie)

180 min | Biography, History

The tumultuous and adventurous life of Michelangelo Merisi, controversial artist, called by Fate to become the immortal Caravaggio. A violent genius that will dare to defy the ideal vision ... See full summary »

Director: Angelo Longoni | Stars: Alessio Boni, Elena Sofia Ricci, Jordi Mollà, Paolo Briguglia

Votes: 327

31. Caravaggio and My Mother the Pope (2018)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Caravaggio's tortured life, his murder and the journey of his soul.

Director: Gladys Florence | Stars: Gladys Florence, Gladys Rose, Tom Troupe, Frank Leboeuf

Votes: 58

32. I.M. Caravaggio (2010)

92 min | Biography, Drama, History

In a daring tale of identity crisis, witness the rise and fall of a modern day Master, Ian Milano, who works and lives as 17th Century Italian Painter Caravaggio in order to forge his artistic genius and unlock his sociopathic nature.

Director: Derek Stonebarger | Stars: Ryan Eicher, Beverly Lynne, Fletcher Sharp, Alastair Bayardo

Votes: 37

33. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 70,038 | Gross: $11.63M

34. Brush with Fate (2003 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama

The story of a painting as it moves from owner to owner through the centuries.

Director: Brent Shields | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Thomas Gibson, Phyllida Law

Votes: 377

35. Rubens, schilder en diplomaat (1977)

260 min | Biography, Drama, History

This historical costume drama is a mini-series on the life of Flemish first-rate Baroque painter Pieter Pauwel Rubens (1577-1640), whose artistic success throughout Europe not only made him... See full summary »

Director: Roland Verhavert | Stars: Serge Adriaensen, Eddy Asselbergs, Tine Balder, Marc Bober

Votes: 9

37. Rembrandt (1936)

Not Rated | 85 min | Biography, Drama

This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark, sardonic turn that offends his patrons. By 1656, he ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester, Edward Chapman

Votes: 1,478

39. Rembrandt fecit 1669 (1977)

120 min | Drama

In the final year of his life, Rembrandt painted a series of self-portraits that show him in a dark, lonely state of mind. Stelling has painstakingly recreated the pathetic end of a genius ... See full summary »

Director: Jos Stelling | Stars: Frans Stelling, Ton de Koff, Lucie Singeling, Aya Gill

Votes: 144

40. Rembrandt (1999)

103 min | Biography, Drama, History

Iconic artist Rembrandt van Rijn worked in the fields of painting, drafting, and printing, becoming the most iconic artist in all of Dutch history. This documentary profiles the story of a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Matton | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Romane Bohringer, Jean Rochefort, Johanna ter Steege

Votes: 330

41. Rembrandt: Fathers & Sons (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 53 min | Drama, Family

At the height of his success in 1630 Amsterdam, Rembrandt takes on a Jewish studio apprentice, Samuel. Together, they break free from artistic complacency and rigid expectations.

Director: David Devine | Stars: Tom McCamus, Mitchell David Rothpan, Kari Matchett, Paul Hecht

Votes: 44

42. Nightwatching (2007)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

An extravagant, exotic and moving look at Rembrandt's romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting 'The Night Watch'.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Martin Freeman, Emily Holmes, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May

Votes: 2,805

43. Rembrandt's J'Accuse (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

An 'essayistic' documentary in which Greenaway's fierce criticism of today's visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic search of Rembrandt's Nightwatch. Greenaway explains the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Martin Freeman, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, Emily Holmes

Votes: 786

44. Rembrandt en ik (2011)

55 min | Biography, Romance

The series tells the life of the famous painter through the eyes of his closest family and friends. Both his work, and especially his eventful life are covered.

Stars: Michiel Romeyn, Sigrid ten Napel, Dragan Bakema, Bram Van der Heijden

Votes: 72

45. A Harlot's Progress (2006 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama, History

Drama looking at artist William Hogarth and his relationship with the prostitute that inspired his most famous piece.

Director: Justin Hardy | Stars: Toby Jones, Zoë Tapper, Sophie Thompson, Richard Wilson

Votes: 271

46. Kitty (1945)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, History