Renaissance Art

July 22, 2020

10 Facts About Leonardo da Vinci’s Incredible Life

From the Mona Lisa to the Vitruvian Man, so much of Leonardo da Vinci‘s artwork is iconic. The original Renaissance Man, Leonardo was not only a painter, but also a scientist, musician, engineer, and mathematician. Many of his scientific musings and theories were later discovered to have a basis in fact and his paintings have made an indelible mark on art history.

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May 17, 2020

Learn About Masaccio, the Italian Renaissance Painter With a Short Life but Long Legacy

The Italian Renaissance—which produced artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Titian—was one of the most defining periods of art history. This cultural movement took place between the 14th and 17th centuries and is commonly divided into three periods: Early, High, and Late Renaissance. The Early Renaissance, also known as the quattrocento, took place in the 14th century. It was a largely transitional time, during which artists like Brunelleschi (1377-1446) and Giotto (c.1267-1337)

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January 26, 2020

Fra Angelico and the Annunciation: How the Ethereal Event Inspired the Early Renaissance Artist

Whether aiming to perfect a technique, master a subject, or simply explore an interest, artists often return to the same iconography over and over again. This approach has been taken by some of art history's most influential figures, with Fra Angelico—a religious painter of the Renaissance—at the forefront. Over the course of roughly 15 years, Angelico completed several renditions of the Annunciation, an ethereal event that remains at the core of certain Christian teachings.

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