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Location Country: Italy
One of the most impressive monuments on the Roman Forum
The Arch of Septimius Severus, portal to ...
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
San Zaccaria Altarpiece
a new image of a new saint in the Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence
Inventing the image of Saint Francis
fresco, mosaic, and marble threatened by a rising sea and the salt it leaves behind
Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, Torcello
Porta Sant’Alipio Mosaic, c. 1270-75, Basilica San ...
Acts of sacred theft, Venice as a mosaic of treasures from afar
Venice’s San Marco, a mosaic of spiritual ...
Guido Mazzoni created some of the most emotionally affecting life-size terracotta sculptures during the renaissance.
Guido Mazzoni and Renaissance Emotions
Clay becomes flesh in the remarkable terracotta sculptures of Italian renaissance artist Guido Mazzoni
In the distance, lightning strikes. What does it mean? Poetic and evocative, this painting invites interpretation.
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.
Although the figure in this portrait lacks jewels and brocades, likenesses such as this offer insight into upper-class women’s daily lived experience.
Portraits and fashion: Sandro Botticelli,
Set against gleaming gold, Mary and Christ sit on an intricately carved throne studded with gems.
One of the oldest surviving bibles was made in England but has clear visual ties to traditions from the ancient Mediterranean.
Codex Amiatinus, the oldest complete Latin Bible
Pompeii, once called the "City of the Dead," gives a marvelous sense of day-to-day Roman life.
Pompeii, an introduction
Two portraits capture the ambition and impudence of Titian's close friend and publicist.
Titian, two portraits of Pietro Aretino
The rediscovery of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum and the beginnings of archaeology.
The rediscovery of Pompeii and the other ...
What colorful stone and stark geometry! San Miniato hovers above the Arno river; Pisa Cathedral lies in its marshes.
The Romanesque churches of Tuscany: San Miniato ...
Brotherhoods lent stability to religious and civic life. These wealthy institutions also commissioned paintings.
Devotional confraternities (scuole) in Renaissance Venice
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