Location Country: Italy



Renaissance author Leon Battista Alberti's ideas about what makes for a good painting would have a lasting influence on the history of art.

Alberti’s revolution in painting











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


The Futurists called for the destruction of museums, libraries, and cultural monuments and glorified modern technology and the speed of automobiles, trains, and airplanes.

Umberto Boccioni and the Futurist City


This painting blends deep piety with scientific observation. Both its architecture and figures were radically new.

Masaccio, Holy Trinity




Cimabue, Maestà or Santa Trinita Madonna and Child Enthroned (detail), 1280-90, tempera on panel, 385 x 223 cm (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)
Set against gleaming gold, Mary and Christ sit on an intricately carved throne studded with gems.

Cimabue, Maestà



Pompeii, once called the "City of the Dead," gives a marvelous sense of day-to-day Roman life.

Pompeii, an introduction