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Fine Art Touch is devoted to the exploration of Italian Renaissance Art and art in all its forms. Italian Renaissance artists changed the course of art history.
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- Sculpture Reproductions
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Other News in Art
- Other News in Art, Stolen Art, etc.
Other News in Art - Interesting things going on in art and archaeology all over the world, stolen art, etc.
- Treasures from the Vatican Museums will soon be coming to a town near you
Vatican Splendors, an exhibition from the Vatican Museums, may be coming to a town near you if you live near Florida, Ohio or Minnesota. Closer than Rome anyway.
- Claude Monet Painting Damaged By Vandals
A famous Claude Monet painting was attacked by vandals in Paris' Orsay Museum on October 6, 2007.
- Van Gogh Painting A Fake
The National Gallery of Victoria's Van Gogh painting in Melbourne is a fake.
- Italian Renaissance Murder Mystery: Deaths of Pico Mirandola and Poliziano
Italian Renaissance Neoplatonist philosophers Pico Mirandola and Poliziano were exhumed recently to solve a 15th-century murder mystery.
- Aztec Pyramid Ruins Found in Bad Neighborhood
Aztec pyramid ruins have been found in Mexico City beneath the crowded urban sprawl of a crime-ridden neighborhood.
- Seven Wonders of the World Vote
After 100 million votes, the new Seven Wonders of the World has been announced.
- Bargello Museum To Give David by Donatello A Facelift
David by Donatello to undergo laser cleaning technique.
- Possible Sandro Botticelli Fresco Painting Found in Hungarian Castle
It comes as a surprise to the art world that a possible Sandro Botticelli fresco painting has been found in a ruined castle in Hungary.
- Reconstructed Pigments May Restore Ancient Egyptian Paintings Like Those in King Tut's Tomb
Ancient Egyptian paintings like those in King Tut's tomb may be restored by reconstructed pigments being developed by an Italian lab.
- Roman Gladiator Mosaic Found
Archaeologists have found a Roman gladiator mosaic outside Rome in the private arena of the imfamous Roman emperor Commodus where gladiators trained and fought for the pleasure of the emperor.
- Venus of Cyrene May Return to Libya
The famous Venus of Cyrene may return home to Libya, yet many feel that Italy is being systematically looted of its 'naturalized' artistic heritage.
- Botticelli Madonna and Child Painting Sold at Auction for $7.5 Million
This Botticelli Madonna and Child painting recently sold at auction for a paltry $7.5 million? That's a hefty price tag, right? Wrong!
- $50M Bernini Sculpture Donated to Gallery in Toronto
A Bernini sculpture worth $50M by Italian Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini has found a new home. Bernini's masterpiece was donated in January 2007 to a gallery in Toronto.
- Ancient Greek Theater Unearthed in Athens
Scholars and archaeologists have found the remains of the ancient Greek theater of Acharnae in a suburb of Athens after a 200 year search.
- EBay Auction of Unsigned Art Nets Over $600,000
Imagine being from a middle-class family struggling to pay college tuition for your daughter, then having a $600,000 eBay auction windfall fall into your lap.
- Viking Boat Burials Found in Norway With Treasure Intact
Danish archaeologist found two Viking boat burials in Norway in January, 2007 with treasure intact.
- Easter Island Moia May Have Unwanted Family
The Easter Island moia, gigantic monolithic statues associated with the Polynesian culture, may soon share the island's limited space with a whole gaggle of new unwanted family members.
- Reopening of Nero's Domus Aurea Pleasure Palace in Rome
ROME (12/19/2006) - It was announced today that Nero's pleasure palace, the Domus Aurea or Golden House, closed for over a year, will reopen next month for public visitation.
- New Aztec Information: Monolith May Be Headstone
New Aztec information: Archaeologists suggest that the monolith uncovered in October, 2006 in the heart of Mexico City may actually be the headstone of an Aztec ruler.
- Fine Art Auction of Nazi Looted Art Reaps a Huge Windfall for Heirs
A fine art auction in New York of Nazi looted arts reaps a huge result for Christie's Auction House bringing in sales of $491,472,000, called the biggest fine art auction in history.
- Jackson Pollock Painting Sets New Auction Record
A Jackson Pollock painting, if rumors are true, has just been sold to an art collector for a whopping $140 million, breaking records for the highest amount ever paid for a painting.
- Marble Bust Sculpture of Aristotle Found in Athens
This marble bust sculpture portrait of Aristotle of the Roman-era is said to the "the best-preserved likeness ever found" by Alkestis Horemi, senior archaeologist of conservation and archaeological work on the site of the new Acropolis Museum
- Art Controversy: Getty Changes Its Acquisition Policy
The world's richest museum, the J. Paul Getty, has been embroiled in a recent art controversy with Italian authorities and has agreed to return disputed antiquities.
- Stolen and Looted Art of the Nazis Now Databased for Researchers
A new database of stolen and looted art has been created to help reunite the victims and famlies of the Holocaust with their property which was confiscated by the Nazis in Austria in WWII.
- World's Oldest Western Text Published, Greek Derveni Papyrus Scroll
An ancient Western papyrus scroll, the Derveni Text, has been published 44 after its discovery, and called the greatest evidence of Greek philosophy and religion since the Italian Renaissance.
- Picasso Art Work, La Reve, Damaged by Enthusiastic Owner
Imagine owning a famous Picasso art work worth $139 million and damaging it in front of witnesses. That's what happened to Steve Wynn who paid a small fortune for his famous Picasso art work.
- Aztec Artifact: Largest Aztec Idol Ever Found
The Aztec artifact discovered on 10/04/2006, probably the largest Aztec idel ever found, may actually be of greater historical significance than the altar found with it.
- Aztec People Used Altars Like This for Human Sacrifice
The Aztec people would have used stone altars like this in their human sacrifice rituals.
- Celtic Medieval Manuscript Found in Peat Bog
1,200 year old Celtic medieval manuscript was found in Ireland by man bulldozing property.
- Baldasar Castiglione Rides Again!
Renaissance writer and courtier Baldasar Castiglione will be resurrected temporarily to serve as a 3d-animated tour guide for the High Museum in Atlanta in October, 2006.
- New Excavation: Roman "Reversed" Mosaic Bacchus Image
This newly discovered Bacchus image decorated the dining room of some wealthy ancient Roman and features an image appearing one way as a beardless young man, and reversed as a bearded, bald old man.
- Stolen Art: Munch's Scream Recovered
Stolen art work Munch's Scream recovered after a two year absence. This story unlike many other tales of stolen art has a happy ending.
Italian Renaissance - General
- Italian Renaissance Art
The study of Italian Renaissance Art is not just looking at great works of art, but also looking at the culture that created them..the body of knowledge that is Italian Renaissance Art History.
- Italian Renaissance Artist Listing
Italian Renaissance Artist Listing, featuring such important artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, and many others.
- Renaissance Courts
Opulence was expected in Italian Renaissance courts, but princes were able to openly display their wealth while aristocrats were constrained by sumptuary laws.
- The Rise of the Medici, Florentine Bankers
Giovanni de' Medici began a powerful dynasty of banking and commerce that spread throughout Europe and funded many of the greatest works of the Italian Renaissance.
- Lorenzo de' Medici | The Pazzi Conspiracy
The early life of Lorenzo de' Medici was full of conspiracy and intrigue as he survived an assassination attempt by the pope and the Pazzi that killed his brother Giuliano.
- Lorenzo de' Medici | Art Patron Extraordinaire
Lorenzo de' Medici was the de facto ruler of Florence supporting a lavish lifestyle that even he could not afford, but it was good while it lasted.
- Ludovico Gonzaga, The Court of Mantua
Ludovico Gonzaga, court of Mantua sponsored artists like Italian Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna who turned his castle into a luxurious showplace for a visit from the pope.
- The Este Of Ferrara | Descended From Trojan Princes?
The Este of Ferrara claimed to be descendants of Trojan princes during the Italian Renaissance, enjoying a courtly environment flavored with tales of mythology and medieval chivalry.
- Proto-Renaissance or Trecento in Italy
It was in the Trecento or Proto-Renaissance that the ornamental, detailed International Gothic style of painting by artists like Gentile da Fabriano was in full bloom, but this was soon to change.
- Giotto di Bondone, Italian Renaissance Painter
Information about early Italian Renaissance painter Giotto di Bondone who began the movement to the return to Greek and Roman ideals of naturalism in Italian Renaissance art.
- Early Renaissance Art
The Early Renaissance began in the city of Florence in Central Italy in the fourteenth century. Early Renaissance painting, sculpture, and literature in Italy were influenced by an influx of scholars who migrated to Rome
- Missing Fra Angelico Paintings Found Behind a Door
Imagine the surprise of art experts when two long missing Fra Angelico paintings were found in November, 2006 behind a door in an apartment in Oxford, England.
- The Dome of Florence Cathedral by Brunelleschi
The dome of Florence Cathedral by Brunelleschi is commonly known simply as The Duomo because of the beauty and magnificence of its design and its striking impact on the skyline of Florence.
Italian Renaissance Painter, Masaccio, made huge steps in the art of painting, innovations not seen since antiquity.
- Masaccio's Tribute Money
Masaccio's Tribute Money is revolutionary in his use of perspective, not seen since antiquity, and the forms appearing to being rendered with a single light source.
- Holy Trinity by Masaccio
For the first time since antiquity, we see the full use of Brunelleschi's innovative perspective technique in the fresco of the Holy Trinity by Masaccio.
- Lorenzo Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise
Michelangelo aptly named Lorenzo Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise acknowledging the stunning work of the older artist, who transitioned art from the Gothic style into the Renaissance style.
Italian Renaissance artist Donatello was a skilled artisan in both marble and bronze, but it is said that he demanded a certain amount of artistic freedom.
- Donatello's David
Donatello's David, a bronze sculpture executed ca. 1425-1430, is the first large-scale, free-standing nude statue of the Renaissance.
- Donatello Sculpture of Gattamelata
This Donatello sculpture of Gattamelata was very controversial at the time of its creation as it was an equestrian monument glorifying a man who was just a man, not a ruler
- Luca della Robbia | Italian Renaissance Workshop Secrets
The family workshop members took the technical formula developed by their founder Luca della Robbia to the grave.
- Paolo Uccello, Obsessed With Perspective
Early Italian Renaissance artist Paolo Uccello joined the ranks of groundbreakers like Brunelleschi, Masaccio, and Ghiberti in his exploration of the new device of perspective.
- Piero della Francesca
History records nothing for centuries of Italian Renaissance master Piero della Francesca (1416-1492) until his re-discovery in the 20th century.
- Andrea del Castagno | A Painter of Some Influence
Andrea del Castagno was acclaimed for his frescoed portrait series of Famous Man and Women during the Italian Renaissance.
- Fra Filippo Lippi, The Reluctant Friar
Raised in a Carmelite friary, Fra Filippo Lippi was anything but pious when he eloped with one of the nuns who bore him two children.
- Antonio Pollaiuolo | Dissecting Corpses for Art
Intensely interested in the movement of the human body, Antonio Pollaiuolo is thought to have dissected corpses to improve his understanding of human anatomy.
- Andrea Mantegna - Leading the Way
Andrea Mantegna paved the way for later artists of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras through his illusionistic style and dramatic foreshortening.
Perugino was born in Perugia, Umbria, but like other artists of the time, he gravitated to Florence in the mid-1470's drawn by the artistic climate.
Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1488) was an Italian Renaissance artist working in the Florentine court of famous art patrons, Lorenzo and Giuliano de Medici.
- The Life and Work of Sandro Botticelli
The life and work of Sandro Botticelli were seldom mentioned for several centuries following the end of the Italian Renaissance.
- High Renaissance Painting
High Renaissance painting and sculpture refers to the artistic style of early 16th century Italian art in Florence and Rome.
- The Life of Leonardo da Vinci
Information about the life of Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance Artist, known as the quintessential "Renaissance Man."
- Leonardo da Vinci Timeline
Leonardo da Vinci Timeline - His Life and Works
- Da Vinci in Verrocchio's Studio
As a young man Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was apprenticed to the studio of Italian Renaissance painter and sculptor, Andrea del Verrocchio. Da Vinci was a fast learner.
- The Annunciation to the Virgin, An Early fine Art Work by Leonardo da Vinci
This early fine art work by Italian Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci gives us a glimpse of this great artist of the High Renaissance we have come to know so well.
- Da Vinci's Last Supper Painting
Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper painting has been controversial since its exeution in 1498, not only due to Leonardo's experimental fresco technique which caused its deterioration.
- Da Vinci's Mona Lisa Portrait
The Mona Lisa portrait by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci was never delivered to a patron, but it eventually found its way into Napoleon's bedroom in the Tuileries.
- Where Is The Real Mona Lisa Now?
Italian scholar Giuseppe Pallatini believes he has found where the real Mona Lisa is buried, and he claims to know the exact location of the beautiful woman who modeled for Leonardo da Vinci.
- The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
The original loose pages of the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci are now bound and scattered throughout England, Italy, France, and America, separated into separate volumes.
- Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man
Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man drawing has inspired generations of artists.
- Da Vinci's Portrait of Ginevra de'Benci
Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Ginevra de'Benci is the only work by the great artist in America.
- Stolen Art Still Missing: Leonardo's Madonna with the Yarnwinder
Stolen from a Scottish castle owned by the Duke of Buccleuch in 2003, Leonardo's Madonna with the Yarn Winder is one of the few autograph works of the artist.
- Da Vinci's Madonna and Child Painting with St. Anne
Leonardo da Vinci explored the theme of Madonna and Child painting several times throughout his long career.
- Leonardo's Bronze Horse Sculpture
Leonardo's Bronze Horse sculpture was commissioned by Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, but never finished until today.
- The Life of Raphael Sanzio
Information about the life of Italian Renaissance artist, Raphael Sanzio, known as "The Prince of Painters" due to his meteoric rise to fame.
- The School of Athens by Raphael
The School of Athens by Raphael Sanzio, Italian Renaissance painter, is a fresco painting in the Pope's private library in the Vatican Palace in Rome.
- Raphael's Transfiguration of Christ
Raphael's biographer, Giorgio Vasari, writes "the most famous, the most beautiful and most divine" in describing Raphael's Transfiguration of Christ, his last painting.
- Raphael's Fine Art Tapestry: The Miraculous Draught of Fishes
Raphael Sanzio designed a fine art tapestry of The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, then sent the design to a Flemish fine art tapestry weaver where the best fine art tapestry wall hangings were made.
- The Prophet Isaiah by Painter Raphael Sanzio
When asked for his opinion by a patron about the worth of the painter Raphael's fresco of Isaiah by the patron, Michelangelo simply replied, "For that knee alone, it is worth the price."
- Raphael's Madonna of the Chair
Raphael's Madonna della Seggiola (Sedia), also known as Madonna of the Chair, is one of the artist's most intimate Madonna paintings.
- Renaissance Rivals Raphael and Michelangelo
Renaissance rivals Raphael vs Michelangelo had an unspoken competition which was evidenced as each paid homage to the other in subtle ways.
- Raphael Portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici, Renaissance Prince
Raphael's portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Urbino, was bought for $325 in 1968 by a savvy art New York dealer, then auctioned for $37 million in 2007.
- The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti
Information about the life of Michelangelo Buonarroti, irrascible Italian Renaissance artist, painter, sculptor, and architect, known for his "terribilita.".
- Correggio, Renaissance Master of Illusionism
Though little is known of him today, High Renaissance painter Correggio's sensual, illusionistic works display his superb mastery of foreshortening and remarkable atmospheric effects.
- Andrea del Sarto, Eclipsed by Italian Renaissance Giants
Although a master painter in his own right, Andrea del Sarto was eclipsed by Renaissance giants like Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo.
- Mannerism in Art
Mannerism in art appears in Florence and Rome following the death of Raphael Sanzio in 1520, a new style that focused on the human figure, with contorted poses and disturbing emotional content.
- Parmigianino, Mannerist from Parma
Caught up in the turmoil of Renaissance Rome early in the 16th century, Italian Renaissance artist Parmigianino developed his own unique Mannerist style of painting.
- Agnolo Bronzino, Court Painter to Cosimo I de' Medici
Italian Renaissance artist Agnolo Bronzino was court painter to Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany.
- Giulio Romano, Artistic Heir to the Divine Raphael
Artistic heir to the divine Raphael after his death, Giulio Romano completed many of the Raphael's unfinished works but never reached the same heights as his master.
- The Outrageous Life of Benvenuto Cellini
The outrageous life of Benvenuto Cellini, Italian Renaissance Mannerist goldsmith and sculptor, is chronicled in the artist's own autobiography.
- Jacopo Tintoretto Biography
Working in the Mannerist style, Jacopo Tintoretto claimed his artistic style developed from the figure drawing style of Michelangelo and the color sense of Titian.
- Giuseppe Arcimboldo - Slightly Off Center
Giuseppe Arcimboldo new style featured portraits of people not as we see them, but with rendered clumps of mammals, fish, vegetables and other natural objects.
- Published Articles by Brenda Harness
Featured here are a variety of published articles by art historian and author, Brenda Harness. As more published articles become available, they will will find their way here.
- Simonetta Vespucci: The Face That Launched A Thousand Prints
Simonetta Vespucci died young in 1476 at the age of twenty-two from tuberculosis, but Botticelli continued to feature her image in his art for the next three decades.
- Renaissance Humanism, Embraced Then Rejected
Renaissance humanism was an invention of the mind based on the pagan concepts of classical antiquity. It seemed like a good thing at the time, but they couldn't quite make it work.
- Women As Edible Art
By using metaphors, one can talk about almost anything, even the topic of 'Women as Edible Art.' Confusing enough? Read on.
- The Dark Side of Art: Botticelli, Lorenzo and Savonarola
A relationship developed in the Renaissance between Botticelli, Lorenzo and Savonarola which took Botticelli from fame to the depths of despair.
- For That Knee Alone, A Tale of Italian Renaissance Rivals
This article is about an unspoken competition between Italian Renaissance rivals, Michelangelo and Raphael, and how ach paid homage to the other in a subtle way.
- Mannerist Benvenuto Cellini's Autobiography, A Rousing Tale
Benvenuto Cellini's autobiography entertains readers still today, 500 hundred years after his death, and no one tells a tale better than Benvenuto Cellini.
- What The Roman Emperor Nero Did For You
For those folks not tuned in to their own historical roots, the Roman Emperor Nero is an important part of your culture, not just a computer software tool for burning compact disks.
- Glossary of Art Terms and Definitions
A glossary of art terms and definitions: buon fresco, cartoon, chiaroscuro, contrapposto, fresco, fresco secco, grisaille, humanism, perspective, sfumato, Renaissance Man
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