Journey into...Italian Renaissance Art.
a personal voyage into art history.

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 This site explores all the major masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Art. Artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Donatello, Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Piero Della Francesca and Mantegna all feature. In addition, the work of The High Renaissance masters Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael are all strongly represented.

A Rebirth of Classical Antiquity.

 The Renaissance, the rebirth of Art and Science, represents the pinnacle of artistic achievement, revived and confidently executed after a thousand years in the wilderness. The need to recapture the glories of antiquity was initially fuelled by scholars from various social backgrounds, in Italy, the perception was that the power and glory of ancient Rome (broken by invading Northern tribes) could be reborn. This was a major driving force for the beginnings of the renaissance.

The new knowledge spreads.

The innovations’ of the Renaissance in Italy eventually expanded to include artists working in Northern Europe. Contemporary painters from the North include Durer, Bosch, Van Eyck, Van der Weyden and Grunewald and articles on a selection of Northern artists are included on this site.

After the Renaissance period, and the artistic movement known as Mannerism, the beginning of the seventeenth century saw the dawn of the Baroque era. The artists Caravaggio and Peter Paul Rubens feature here as examples of the Baroque style, highlighting the influences from their Italian and Northern predecessors on their work.

The Last Judgement. Michelangelo

Renaissance Sculpture.

Donatello.

Giorgione.

A personal voyage. (Site Aims.)

The site serves as an introduction into the art of the period but beyond this the aim is to encourage viewers to go and look at art in the flesh.

Why? 

Well…some works have a scale and power that can only be fully realised by seeing them live. Books (and websites) are fine, but it is live art that really fires the imagination.

We admire and marvel at reproductions of great works of art be it a painting, or sculpture or a building, however, to stand before these works and witness their awe inspiring power is truly an unforgettable experience. Personal opinions of works that I have seen from Florence, Rome, Venice and the Vatican City feature on the site as does an attempt to describe some of the emotion I felt when viewing these masterpieces.

If you are looking for references, timelines, dates, or just enjoy great art, you will find that biographies of Italian renaissance artists and historical details of the period are here at Italian Renaissance Art.