This site explores all the major masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Art. From the fourteenth-century period known as the
Proto-Renaissance, championed by Giotto de Bondone and his contemporaries, to
the Renaissance of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Artists such as
Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Donatello and Botticelli in addition to the High
Renaissance masters Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Titian are
key to the development of the artistic innovations of the era.
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 Renaissance in Italy saw a move away from the medieval art of the past to a more realistic, somewhat scientific interpretation of reality. Artists began to use new methods in their paintings and sculptures like the newly re-discovered science of liner perspective championed by the architect Filippo Brunelleschi’s experiments in perspective in and around Florence.