The Sistine Chapel the home of some of the greatest artwork ever produced
Michelangelo Buonarroti was the greatest sculptor of the sixteenth century. Despite the passage of some 500 years his masterpieces still have the power to engage and astound the present day viewer.
From his early efforts through to the Rome pieta his astounding statue of David and beyond this prolific Renaissance polymath’s works are a must see.
This updated page contains more images and text on Michelangelo’s sculptures reflecting the depth and astonishing quality of his work.
The life and work of Raphael Sanzio painter and architect
Albrecht Durer is the most celebrated artist of the Northern Renaissance. This multi-talented polymath excelled in painting, printmaking, engraving and mathematics in addition to his writings on perspective and other subjects.
Highly influenced by the art of the Italian Renaissance he was much admired in his lifetime winning the patronage of kings, emperors and princes who marvelled at the skill of the great artist from Nuremburg.
Explore the life and work of this influential Renaissance Masters extraordinary artistic achievements.
The last Supper is Leonardo da Vinci’s monumental mural for the monks of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Ground-breaking for depicting the movement and expressions of Christ’s Apostles, it is a masterclass of Renaissance painting.
Despite the condition of the mural deteriorating badly over the years it remains as one of Leonardo’s best known and best loved works.
Venus and Mars continues Botticelli's series of mythological paintings. It is an expression of love (Athene, Goddess of love) overcoming war (Mars, the God of War).
Set in a sacred garden the iconography displays the mythology of Gods and satyrs in what is a sensual feast of Renaissance painting.
Athene and the Centaur the victory of chastity over lust.
An update of Botticelli’s stunning mythological painting the Primavera. This now includes a detailed explanation of the iconography within this puzzling and much discussed masterpiece.
The page also benefits from an expanded picture gallery adding further insight into the mysteries behind this iconic work.
This updated offering into early Renaissance Sculpture contains deeper insights into some of the greatest craftsmen of the 15th century.
In addition to works by Andrea del Verrocchio, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Donatello works by Nicholo` dell` Arca and Luca della Robbia are also included, the page contains images of some of the most iconic and important sculptures of the period.
This updated page adds details of the actual birth of the Goddess. Born from the genitals of Uranus, God of the sky - the iconography of the painting depicts Venus being blown ashore to the island of Cythera so the title of the painting is misleading.
Additional information is given on the meaning of the images within the painting expanding our understanding of this world famous landmark of fifteenth century Renaissance Art.