Masaccio’s Holy Trinity

In the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence is one of the best examples of the early Renaissance scientific approach to creating the convincing illusion of space within a painting.  It is here, on one of the walls inside the church, that Masaccio painted his fresco of the Holy …

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Botticelli’s Primavera

Sandro Botticelli was one of the most well-known of the Medici employees.  He studied under Fra Filippo Lippi and had a technique which focused on line, and his forms were lightly shaded.  While art historians consider Botticelli to have been an expert at using line, he was also adept at …

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper is a Renaissance masterpiece, though it is one which has struggled to survive intact over the centuries.  It was commissioned by Duke Ludovico Sforza for the refectory of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, and in order to paint it Leonardo used …

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

Leonardo’s Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world.  Today it is in the Louvre in Paris, but it was produced in Florence when Leonardo moved there to live from about 1500-1508.  It is sometimes called La Jaconde in French (or in Italian, La Giaconda) because …

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