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Touch an artwork? Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of a Man with a Medal helped viewers to think about touch and physical experience.
Patrons mattered during the renaissance. Find out why.
Throughout Europe women’s relegation to the domestic sphere was rooted in Christian tradition that placed blame for humanity’s fall from grace upon Eve, the first woman.
You don’t have to brave the crowds in Florence or Rome to see Renaissance art—the best view is often online.
Proficient in anatomy and perspective, artists aimed at complex poses, ideal beauty—and spiritual transcendence.
Look for a revival of classical forms, increasingly precise anatomy, naturalistic movement, and convincing space.
The city-state of Florence distributed political power, celebrated individualism, and invested in civic monuments.
Location, location, location. Meant for the cathedral, David presided over a public square—and now stands inside.
Night and day, rough and polish—this chapel embodies opposition and traps the viewer in a moment of transition.
A-level: Michelangelo, Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)
Michelangelo transforms a male model into a female figure. Discover the artist’s working process.
Where’s Goliath? David scans for his enemy. This colossal sculpture is itself a giant of High Renaissance art.