Renaissance Art

July 4, 2021

Exploring ‘Lady With an Ermine,’ an Oft-Forgotten Renaissance Portrait by Leonardo da Vinci

Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci produced vast amounts of work in the fields of art and science. From his numerous notebooks filled with drawings to large biblical frescoes and oil paintings, there is a lot to explore. The commissioned portrait that preceded the beguiling Mona Lisa, for instance, is often forgotten from Da Vinci's list of masterpieces.

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April 5, 2021

Who Was Albrecht Dürer? Learn About the Pioneering Northern Renaissance Printmaker

The 15th century was a period of major artistic growth in Europe. While the Italian Renaissance is known for its advancements in color and understanding of anatomy, the Northern Renaissance popularized the use of prints. One person, in particular, paved the way in different printmaking techniques: German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). Although printmaking had already existed for some time, Dürer was the first artist to elevate it to a form of fine art.

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September 1, 2020

Why Michelangelo’s ‘David’ Is an Icon of the Italian Renaissance

Michelangelo's defiant David statue has captivated the world for centuries. Considered one of art history's major masterpieces, the marble sculpture showcases both the artist's skill and the fine art focus that defines the Renaissance. Since its debut in the early 16th century, artists and art connoisseurs alike have admired the piece. Esteemed artist, writer, and historian Giorgio Vasari noted that “no other artwork is equal to it in any respect, with such just proportion, beauty and excellence did Michelangelo finish it.

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August 1, 2020

Learn the Intriguing (and Sometimes Controversial) History Behind Michelangelo’s ‘Last Judgment’

As one of the greatest artists of all time, Michelangelo has a long list of masterpieces. This genius of the Italian Renaissance was a sculptor, painter, and poet whose work has left an indelible mark on the history of art. Some of his most celebrated pieces can be found in the Sistine Chapel, located inside the pope's residence at the Vatican in Italy.

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