Italian Renaissance Art
The rise of Italian Renaissance art can be traced
generally from its beginnings toward the end of the thirteenth
century with the work of Florentine artist Giotto
di Bondone. Italian Renaissance art ended early in
the sixteenth century with the death of Raphael
Renaissance artist of the High Renaissance.
While art was not dead during the Middle Ages, neither
did it have the naturalism that was soon to be seen with
the rise of Italian Renaissance art. The phrase
"Renaissance" in “Italian Renaissance Art” means simply
“rebirth.” Vital to the development of Italian
Renaissance Art was the rise of wealthy banking and
merchant classes, who possessed vast financial resources
to patronize the arts.
Melozzo da Forli, ca. 1480
Pinacoteca, Vatican, Rome
own hand painted
oil reproduction of this
Roman Church had moved to Avignon, France in 1309.
Therefore, Giotto like other aspiring Italian
Renaissance artists of his time received no assistance
from the Italian papacy during his career, but
the papacy would soon play an important role
in the lives of Renaissance
artists. Giotto's commissions came from
wealthy Italian merchants. While Giotto started the
movement toward naturalism in Italian Renaissance art, his
advancements would not be further explored until the papacy
returned to Rome in 1378.
With the return of the papacy to
Rome, so commerce returned and with it a new flurry of
construction began; that new construction provided work for
artists. Further, new construction required excavation,
and this produced a wealth of "new" antique artifacts providing
a wealth of source material for Italian Renaissance artists
like Michelangelo. All
of these factors within the culture of the elite created an
atmosphere which was conducive to the development
of Italian Renaissance art.
Brenda Harness, Art Historian
- Italian Renaissance Artist Listing
Italian Renaissance Artist Listing, featuring such important artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, and many others.
- Italian Renaissance Art Periods/Movements
Primary Italian Renaissance art periods/movements including Trecento, Early Renaissance, High Renaissance, Late Renaissance/Mannerism, and Venetian Renaissance.
- Giorgio Vasari, Italian Renaissance Painter, Architect and Art Historian
The writings of Italian Renaissance artist Giorgio Vasari offer a wealth of information about the art and artists of his time, his very name synonymous with accuracy of information.
- Nero's Golden House: The Influence of Classical Greek Sculpture on Italian Renaissance Art
Nero's Golden House, now buried for 2000 years, was newly discovered in the Renaissance with its classical Greek sculpture and frescoes intact, profoundly influencing Italian Renaissance art.
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Italian Renaissance Artist Listing: M - Z