Late Renaissance in Venice

Giorgione, The Tempest, c. 1506-8 (Accademia) - detail
In the distance, lightning strikes. What does it mean? Poetic and evocative, this painting invites interpretation.

Giorgione, The Tempest

Giorgione The Three Philosophers detail
These three learned men differ in age, outlook, and dress. But do they represent religions, eras, or philosophies?

Giorgione, Three Philosophers

Correggio, Jupiter and Io, detail
With her open mouth, tilted head, and soft flesh, Io exudes sensuality, giving herself up willingly to Jupiter.

Correggio, Jupiter and Io

Titian, Noli me Tangere, c. 1514, oil on canvas- detail
Don’t touch me! Titian’s ghostly Christ evades Mary Magdalene’s reach—and escapes her searching gaze.

Titian, Noli me Tangere

Titian, Venus of Urbino (detail)
The female nude emerged as a genre in the Renaissance. With her soft, sensual flesh, this Venus is a prime example.

Titian, Venus of Urbino

Perspectival passageway, Andrea Palladio (with scenographic modifications by Vicenzo Scamozzi), Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy, 1580-85 (photo: Patrick Denker, CC BY 2.0)
The design for this Roman-inspired auditorium wed Palladio’s antiquarian knowledge with his artistic innovation.

Palladio, Teatro Olimpico