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.
An updated version of this popular artist's web page giving new information and more images.
Providing more insight into Botticelli's upbringing in the city of Florence, the artists development and the importance of his patrons.
New images consist of:- The Coronation of the Virgin with Four Saints, The Calumny of Apelles, Savonarola and The Lamentation over the Dead Christ.
The recent sale of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi at Christies in New York generated drama and excitement in the auction room. See a video of the auction with comparisons of other valuable paintings. Also a time-lapse video of the paintings restoration is also available for viewing.