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Italian Artists and Painters

Italian artists and painters, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, and up to contemporary times, have made substantial contributions to the world's artistic patrimony. Many others have been influenced by the work of Italian artists, painters, and sculptors throughout the centuries.

Alberti, Leon Battista
First theorist of Humanist art who wrote De Pictura (1435) and De Re Aedificatoria (1450), his theoretical masterpiece. Designed the Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini and the facade of Santa Maria Novella.

Art Terms
Glossary in English of art terms.

Brunelleschi, Filippo
Brief biography of the Renaissance architect who designed and constructed the Cupola of St. Maria del Fiore as well as the churches of Santo Spirito and San Lorenzo and Pazzi Chapel.

Buonarroti, Michelangelo
Timeline, teacher resources, and gift shop dedicated to one of Western art's greatest artists, and a man whose name became synonomous with "masterpiece."

Leonardo da Vinci
The life and work of the great Italian Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo da Vinci Museum
Explore the online version of the museum in Vinci, Italy, devoted to the consumate Renaissance man.

Masaccio
Biography, history, and works of one of the early geniuses of Italian Renaissance painting.

Palladio, Antonio
The most influential architect in the history of architecture. See images of eighteen of his villas in the countryside of the Veneto, the mainland province around Venice.

Tintoretto
Venetian mannerist painter who specialized in religious subject matter and famous for his cycle of paintings for the Scuolo di San Rocco. Image links provided by Artcyclopedia.

Vasari, Giorgio
Architect, painter, and court historian who wrote the seminal art history book The Lives of the Artists.

Vespucci, Amerigo
1998 marked the quincentennial of this explorer's discovery of il Nuovo Mondo. The last surviving print of a map of the world made in 1507 happens to feature the first use of the word America.

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