A viewing of my personal favorite samples of the art works of the Renaissance

In the Birth of Venus, we see an example of a incredible Classical story, the birth of Venus or Aphrodite. Done by Botticelli who was hired by Lorenzo Medici, it was done because Renaissance work represented a superior form of truth. I included this work in the gallery because it is without a doubt Botticelli's most famous work. It is a work from the Italian Renaissance of art history.
This is yet another theme painting of which Botticelli did several. The reason being that the Magi or Wise Men were particularly venerated by the Florentines who held a festival that recognized their journey every five years. This particular work was likely done in Rome, commissioned by Pope Sixtus. The background is highly significant, representing the rise of Christianity from the ruins of paganism, hence the ruined classical temple.
In this scene of Christ and child embracing, we see one of the most common religious images of the period. Botticelli actually did several renditions of this work, this being of the the better known versions. It is one of his later versions and far better looking than the earlier versions, which were darker, less vivid and far flatter. This is a work from the Renaissance art historical period and this is evident in its use of color and the international style in which Mary is dressed.
This work by Botticelli was a response to the newly found religious sensibilities in Florence. It was included within this gallery due to its significance in a turnaround of his style. I found it to be especially moving with one of the Mary's glancing tearfully at this nails in his hands. It is a part of the Italian Renaissance.
This work by Botticelli is actually an altarpeice originally made for a church in Santo Spirito named Bardi, after the head of the London Medici bank. This work shows The Madonna surrounded by the patron's two saints who were
This work by Botticelli depicts a dead child being revived through St. Zenobius via his deacon. He is able to save the child as he himself dies. This work is significant due to its portrayal of the death of a very famous saint. It is a part of the Italian Renaissance of art history.
This work by Botticelli was another that he was commissioned to do for Lorenzo D'Medici. While some parts of this work are still debated for their meaning, one part that is for sure known is that the humanistic meaning of the work is that Venus is the spirit of goodwill as she distinguishes the materialistic values from the spiritual. The work references several philosophical themes moving about the Medici court at the time including Neoplatonism and Renaissance Humanism, two themes which greatly influenced Botticelli and this work.
This work by Botticelli in 1489, it was commissioned by Bendedetto Guardi for a funeral chapel of the church of Cestello in Florence. This painting was a famous theme for many Renaissance works and it depicts the Archangel Gabriel seeking out the Virgin Mary to tell her that she will be the mother to the Christ child. It appears that Mary was reading when Gabriel interrupted her, but otherwise there appear to be no details in either the narrative or the plain architecture. The lack of architectural detail also corresponds to the simplicity of the church where it was to be displayed. Also the lack of touch between Mary and Gabriel is significant because it represents the conception of Jesus in Mary without physical touch.