This year marks the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death in 1321. The Italian poet and philosopher is the well-known author of The Divine Comedy—a three-part epic poem describing his journey through hell, purgatory, and finally, paradise. To recognize this significant milestone, the Uffizi Gallery is displaying a collection of rarely exhibited drawings by 16th-century Renaissance artist Frederico Zuccari, which illustrate scenes from Dante’s age-old chronicle.
The veneration of saints was a fundamental feature of medieval Christianity.
Michelangelo's defiant David statue has captivated the world for centuries.
Nearly 100 years before Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1452-1519) created the Mona Lisa, another painter was setting the standard for realistic oil portraiture. Born in what is now Belgium, artist Jan van Eyck (c. 1390-1441) was an early master of the oil medium and used it to create meticulously detailed compositions.
It's no secret that the Italian Renaissance is one of the most influential movements in Western art history.
As one of the greatest artists of all time, Michelangelo has a long list of masterpieces.
From its scarlet red dome to its beckoning bell tower, the Santa Maria del Fiore is an architectural gem. Also known as the Florence Cathedral, it is one of the most significant—and most visited—landmarks in Italy and the fourth largest church in Europe. At first glance, the Florence Cathedral may appear to be one vast feat of architecture, but it is actually made up of a few different components.
From the Mona Lisa to the Vitruvian Man, so much of Leonardo da Vinci‘s artwork is iconic.
When listing the great artists of the Italian Renaissance, it's impossible not to think of Raphael.
During the Renaissance, Michelangelo made a name for himself as a master of humanist sculpture. The Florentine artist's unrivaled ability to realistically represent the human form is evident across his entire body of work, with the famous David and Pietà at the forefront. Though undoubtedly among his most well-known works, these pieces are far from Michelangelo's only marble masterpieces—a point that is saliently proven by his Slaves.
The Italian Renaissance—which produced artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Titian—was one of the most defining periods of...
The biblical character of David was a highly popular subject in Renaissance art, perhaps made most famous by Michelangelo's marble...