Italian Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance took place from the 14th century to the 16th century. Art embraced new techniques in perspective, giving art more dimension and authenticity. This period began by offering a lot of works that were very religious but by the turn of the 16th century the art began to reflect pieces outside of that genre. (source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Renaissance#Sculpture_and_painting)

This works depicts the goddess Venus emerging from the sea on top of a shell, as is told in the ancient myth of her birth. She was deemed a chaste and pure goddess and known as a symbol of the coming of Spring. Venus being presented as nude in this painting was rare at the time as most art in this era was themed in Christianity and didn't depict women nude. This was the first large scale canvas of its time. Botticelli made his own tempera pigments and covered it in a layer of egg whites. (source: http://www.artble.com/artists/sandro_botticelli/paintings/birth_of_venus)
This sculpture was important to the development of freestanding sculpture. It's spiral design was a successful effort to make the piece visually appealing from all angles. This character, also thought to be "cupid" was made originally for a fountian in Careggi, Italy (source: http://www.britannica.com/biography/Andrea-del-Verrocchio)
The artist of this piece was commissioned for this as an altarpiece and is the only one of his works remaining in the city of Venice. It was painted with oil on panel. "La Pieta," meaning pity or mercy, depicts just that. Three angels are tenderly holding a christ-like figure showing him pity and compassion. This work is consistent with Italian Renaissance works as it is heavy on the theme of Christianity. (source: http://www.poderesantapia.com/art/antonellodamessina.htm)
This work of art was part of a series of 4 works. These works depict the episodes of the life of St. Zenobius of Florence. In this piece he his performing his last miracle of saving a a boy run over by a cart and then ultimately passing. This was painted with tempera on panel. (source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Miracle_and_the_Death_of_St._Zenobius_(Botticelli))
Originally a sculptor, Michelangelo was asked to do this piece for a Florentine businessman. Produced with tempera on wood, he also handcrafted the frame. This photo depicts the Holy family and is said to be the most tender images ever used by the artist. Details of this piece create an inverted triangle bringing attention and a focal point to the faces of the family. (source:http://www.italian-renaissance-art.com/Doni-Tondo.html)
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