In the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Visiting the Pinacoteca di Brera? Make sure to see these works.

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Devotional confraternities (scuole) in Renaissance Venice
Devotional confraternities (scuole) in Renaissance Venice

Brotherhoods lent stability to religious and civic life. These wealthy institutions also commissioned paintings.

Jacopo Tintoretto, <em>The Finding of the Body of Saint Mark</em>
Jacopo Tintoretto, The Finding of the Body of Saint Mark

As it recesses, Tintoretto’s strange space collapses time. No wonder Saint Mark multiplies.

Raphael, <em>Marriage of the Virgin</em>
Raphael, Marriage of the Virgin

Who gets the girl? This event may be sacred, but Raphael treats us to a very human performance.

Andrea Mantegna, <em>Dead Christ</em>
Andrea Mantegna, Dead Christ

Mantegna was fascinated by perspective. His radical foreshortening and realism focus attention on Christ’s wounds.