Most kids have the opportunity to experiment with creative outlets, whether it be coloring, finger-paints, or macaroni art. Extraordinary talent is not expected, however, in some rare cases innate ability can emerge and transcend the everyday skill of adolescent creativity. Known as a wunderkind or child prodigy, these juvenile geniuses, in the literal sense, are under the age of ten and contribute to a field at the same level of an adult expert.
While there are only a handful of recorded art prodigies throughout history, many esteemed artists began showing immense talent and intellect in their youth. It is also worth noting that many children through the ages have likely exhibited the skill level of a prodigy but were never able to capitalize or even document it due to societal restrictions. This article explores the intricacies of history’s finest child prodigies as well as young artists, turned masters in the visual arts.