In Venice, sumptuary laws decree that all gondolas must be painted black to prevent lavish displays of wealth.
Giorgio Vasari, who had begun work on the Uffizi in Florence in 1560, founds the Academy of Design.
Paolo Veronese begins painting The Wedding at Cana (1562-1563).
The Medici court astronomer Fra Ignazio Danti paints maps at the Palazzo Vecchio.
Tintoretto begins the three paintings of the miracles of St. Mark (1562–66) for the Scuola di San Marco.
Flemish artist Hieronymus Cock and Spanish cartographer Diego Gutiérrez produce the map Americae Sive Quartae Orbis Partis Nova Et Exactissima Descriptio.
Pieter Brueghel the Elder paints The Triumph of Death and Dull Gret, both strongly influenced by the style of Hieronymus Bosch.
Lattanzio Gambara paints frescos.
Titian paints The Death of Actaeon (National Gallery, London; approximate date) and The Rape of Europa (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston).
Ludger Tom Ring the Younger paints a pair of upright pictures of iris and lilies.
May 6 - Pietro Bernini, Italian sculptor and father of the more famous Gianlorenzo Bernini (died 1629)
Fabrizio Castello, Italian painter of Genoese origin settled in Spain (died 1617)
Jerónimo Rodriguez de Espinosa, Spanish painter of the Renaissance period (died 1630)
Pietro Faccini, Italian painter in styles bridging Mannerism and the nascent Baroque (died 1602/1614)
Cornelis van Haarlem, Dutch painter and draughtsman, was one of the leading Mannerist artists in The Netherlands (died 1638)
Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom, Dutch painter (died 1640), father of reverse-named painter Cornelis Hendriksz Vroom (1591-1661)
August 1 - Virgil Solis, German draughtsman and printmaker in engraving, etching and woodcut (born 1514)
December 6 - Jan van Scorel, Dutch painter credited with the introduction of High Italian Renaissance art to the Netherlands (born 1495)
Francesco del Prato, Italian still-life painter and goldsmith (born unknown)
Jean Duvet, French Renaissance goldsmith and engraver (born 1485)
Francesco Torbido, Italian painter (born 1486)
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