Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael are names that are familiar to most, but the workshops of Florence, Venice and other city-states of Italy produced a procession of gifted and well-trained artists whose legacy endures to this day. Artists such as Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Piero Della Francesca, and Sandro Botticelli are among the many names who laid the platform leading to the achievements of the High Renaissance in Italy and beyond.
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 Albrecht Durer, Hieronymus Bosch, Jan Van Eyck, Rogier Van der Weyden and Matthias Grunewald, 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.
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 real world. Some works have a scale and power that can only be fully realised by seeing them live.