London's National Gallery of Art boasts a world-class collection of art. In addition to paintings by iconic Impressionist artists and legendary English landscape painters, the museum houses many works by Renaissance masters, like Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks. Since acquiring the panel painting in 1880, the museum has considered it a highlight of its collection.
Depicting a fantastically surreal world that ranges from orgiastic pleasure to terrifying horror, Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights has fascinated...
For centuries, audiences have been captivated by the mysterious Mona Lisa.
Florentine artist Sandro Botticelli is credited for his contributions to the Italian Renaissance. Widely considered one of the most prolific painters of the 15th century, he is known for his large-scale paintings of mythological subject matter, including Primavera, an allegorical celebration of spring. This piece is one of the most important Early Renaissance works. Housed by Florence's famed Uffizi Gallery, it continues to attract viewers with its classical symbolism, elaborate composition, and delicate attention to detail.
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An early master of the Italian Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli is celebrated for his painterly contributions to the major art movement. While the artist's oeuvre features secular portraits and Biblical depictions, he is most well- known for his larger-than-life, mythological scenes—namely, The Birth of Venus. Created in the late 15th century and exhibited in Florence's famed Uffizi Gallery since the early 1900s, the monumental painting has been admired and analyzed for centuries.
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Throughout history, no art movement has had an impact as profound as Italian Renaissance art.
Michelangelo is known as one of the most prolific painters and sculptors in history. As a key figure of the High Renaissance, he is specifically celebrated for his ambitious approach to scale and his expertise on anatomy. While all of his masterworks convey his undeniable talent, his world-famous fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel stands above the rest.