Early Renaissance

Donatello’s St. George

Donatello carved his statue of St. George for the guild of armorers and swordmakers in Florence.  Like the statue of St. Mark,…

High Renaissance

Titian’s Pastoral Concert

The great painting in the Louvre entitled the Pastoral Concert (also the Pastoral Symphony and the Fête champêtre) is mysterious both in…

Italian Renaissance

ItalianRenaissance.org

The Renaissance in Italy spanned much of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and had a profound impact on European and world history. Although primarily spoken of as an artistic period, the Renaissance reflected a set of ideas which would also influence areas such as literature and philosophy as well.

This site is an expanding survey of the Italian Renaissance and is primarily intended for students, but it may also be of benefit to anyone who is curious about this time period. It will help you to answer questions about this fascinating period, such as: What was the Renaissance? Who were some of the major figures? What were some of the major works produced during this time?

Sculpture

Donatello’s St. George

Donatello carved his statue of St. George for the guild of armorers and swordmakers in Florence.  Like the…

Donatello’s Gattamelata

Donatello revived an ancient monument type with this bronze equestrian statue in Padua…

Cities

Profile of a City: Rome

Profile of a City: Rome

Rome is a city like no other, though its status by the time of the fourteenth century was…

Profile of a City: Florence

Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance and an early hub of artistic and architectural activity in the…

Art Notes

Painting Techniques of the Renaissance

Painters in the Renaissance employed several different techniques to create works. Here are a few of…

Notes on Florence

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was the major church in Florence in the Renaissance…

Orsanmichele

The Florentine building known as Orsanmichele was one of the most important places for sculpture in…

Painting

Titian’s Pastoral Concert

The great painting in the Louvre entitled the Pastoral Concert (also the Pastoral Symphony and the…

Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks

In April of 1483, the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception commissioned Leonardo to paint the Virgin…