Early Modern Art museum

Take a self-guided tour of some of the artistic developments of the period from 1450-1750 before coming to class where your teacher docent will give you a more in-depth tour.

The Florentine artist and architect Filippo Brunelleschi was selected by Florentine nobles to build the first dome in Western Europe since the time of the Roman Empire.
Jan Van Eyck was one of the first artists to paint in oils. You can also see his attempt to show perspective in his painting to make it more realistic.
Donatello was one of a series of artists patronized by the Medici family in Florence. This bas relief (2D sculpture) panel foreshadows his later free-standing sculptures in bronze.
Leonardo da Vinci was a true "Renaissance Man." He was an excellent painter, sculptor, scientist; if you zoom in on this sketch, you can see that he wrote backwards to protect his ideas.
Sandro Botticelli's work was very controversial with Catholic Church leaders; at one point, he was convinced to burn some of his paintings because he feared being condemned to hell.
Michelangelo Buonarroti was the most famous artist of the period; patronized by the Medici in Florence from a young age, he was exposed to progressive ideas by his mentor Lorenzo the Magnificent.
Pope Julius patronized both Michelangelo and Raphael at the same time, commissioning them to paint separate frescoes in the Vatican; one was the School of Athens, the other was the Sistine Chapel.
Albrecht Durer was known for his engravings, which could be printed, probably doing more to spread the ideas of the Protestant Reformation against the Catholic Church than any other method or person.
In the days before the selfie and even school pictures, you had portraits. Hans Holbein was the most famous portrait artist of the day, painting royalty and nobility in a way that would flatter them.
Pieter Bruegel was known for his playful depictions of the everyday lives of common people in northern Europe, often showing social themes in his paintings.
Mughal miniature paintings were small, but extremely detailed. They exemplified the blending of Persian art with Indian themes; here a Muslim Mughal emperor holds a Christian image of the Virgin Mary.
Aztec codices were not just colorful depictions of Aztec life, they were actual writing. Most of the remaining ones come from after the Spanish conquest, as pre-Christian themes were shunned.
Printing originally emerged in Post-Classical Korea, and was done with woodblocks. The woodblock printing of Early Modern Japan was more elaborate and often displayed Shinto and Buddhist themes.
Kabuki emerged during the Early Modern Period as a form of mass entertainment in Japan.
William Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies and histories have come to exemplify the "High" or later Renaissance of northern Europe, displaying universal themes for audiences across social classes.
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