Renaissance Art

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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June 30, 2020

8 Interesting Facts About Raphael, Master of the Italian Renaissance

When listing the great artists of the Italian Renaissance, it's impossible not to think of Raphael. He was a child prodigy brought to Rome in his mid-20s by the pope and trusted with painting some of the Vatican's most important rooms. From oil paintings and frescos to tapestries to architecture, Raphael was an artist who mastered anything that was thrown his way.

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April 30, 2020

Learn How Donatello’s ‘David’ Statue Paved the Way for Sculptors in the Renaissance

The biblical character of David was a highly popular subject in Renaissance art, perhaps made most famous by Michelangelo's marble interpretation. Before him, however, the Florentine sculptor Donatello (c. 1386-1466) created an evocative bronze-cast representation of David that stands apart from its successors. The metal depiction shows the young shepherd boy after he has already slain the opponent Goliath and is stepping on the enemy's decapitated head.

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