History of Italian Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture by Frederick HarttAn excellent book that gives us impressive details about the work of art which defines the Renaissance period. Placing himself in multiple angles to take a look at the artistspersonal lives within the context of specific societal patterns, Hartt offers us more than enchanting images. He lets us see that the humanism that marked the aesthetic structural elements of the paintings , architectural design and sculptures at that time is a secret ingredient to make a work of art keep its value over centuries. This is a book to be kept on the shelf labeled magic that never dies.
Here are some excerpts form Titian who is well known for the nude of Venus of Urbino:
This unprecedented interpretation of the female nude must surely have been shocking to some when it was painted, especially in this period when a womans behavior was controlled by strict social mores, if it represented not Venus but a particular woman or even an ideal example of female beauty.
The young man was also a shrewd businessman who invested his earnings, and by
1531 he was able to buy a palatial residence in Venice, looking out across the lagoons and, on clear days, to the slopes of the Dolomites where he had been born. In 1533, already wealthy and famous, Titian was summoned to Bologna to meet the Holy Roman Emperor Charles Y who made him a count and his children hereditary nobles. In 1545 and 7546 he was in Rome, where he was awarded
Roman citizenship on the Capitoline Hill.
Art II: Renaissance & Baroque 1400–1800, with Rick Steves
CodyCross Italian painter and architect of the Renaissance
By Leonardo. By Michelangelo. One of the most famous religious paintings of the Italian Renaissance. David by Donatello c. A sublime work of Renaissance sculpture by Donatello. A unique example of 16th century Renaissance architecture in Venice.
Renaissance Art and Architecture , painting, sculpture, architecture, and allied arts produced in Europe in the historical period called the Renaissance. Broadly considered, the period covers the years between and , although specialists disagree on exact dates. The word renaissance literally means "rebirth" and is the French translation of the Italian rinascita. The Renaissance period in art history corresponds to the beginning of the great Western age of discovery and exploration, when a general desire developed to examine all aspects of nature and the world. During the Renaissance, artists were no longer regarded as mere artisans, as they had been in the medieval past, but for the first time emerged as independent personalities, comparable to poets and writers. They sought new solutions to formal and visual problems, and many of them were also devoted to scientific experimentation. In this context, mathematical or linear perspective was developed, a system in which all objects in a painting or in low-relief sculpture are related both proportionally and rationally.
The young Raphael likely began his training there, where he was exposed to works by great artists such as Andrea Mantegna and Piero della Francesca. Raphael was also a pupil of Pietro Perugino, and his early works reflect the influence of his teacher, a Renaissance master in his own right. Between and Raphael worked in central Italy and became well-known for his Madonnas and portrait paintings. In , Pope Julius II called on him to decorate the papal rooms in the Vatican, where he executed some of his best works, such as The School of Athens. Leonardo da Vinci is often considered to be the embodiment of Renaissance humanist ideals.