Early renaissance 1300–1450

The transition from the Late Gothic to the Renaissance is extremely varied In Italian art c 1300 the works of Giotto and his contemporaries already indicate a first surge of interest in the phenomena of the temporal world, for example Giotto’s frescoes (c 1305–10) in the Arena Chapel in Padua (eg Joachim and the Shepherds, Betrayal of Christ and Lamentation)) or the cycle of scenes from the Life of St Francis (c 1290) by unknown masters in the Upper Church of S Francesco at Assisi Vasari correctly saw this as a first stage in the ‘rinascità’ In the fresco by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, the Effects of Good Government (1338–9; Siena, Pal Pub), buildings and landscape attain a realism unrivalled until the second quarter of the 15th century North of the Alps the art associated with Emperor Charles IV’s court in Prague, with its strong emphasis on the body and on space, and the tendency to portray strongly characterized individuals (eg the portrait busts, from 1372, in the triforium of the choir of Prague Cathedral), can also be seen as part of the prologue to the Renaissance

Renaissance humanists such as Poggio Bracciolini sought out in Europe’s monastic libraries the Latin literary, historical, and oratorical texts of Antiquity, while the Fall of Constantinople (1453) generated a wave of émigré Greek scholars bringing precious manuscripts in ancient Greek, many of which had fallen into obscurity in the West It is in their new focus on literary and historical texts that Renaissance scholars differed so markedly from the medieval scholars of the Renaissance of the 12th century, who had focused on studying Greek and Arabic works of natural sciences, philosophy and mathematics, rather than on such cultural texts

Bernardino Fungai

Bernardino Fungai (1460 - 1516) was an Italian Sienese painter of the late fifteenth century. His paintings of Bernardino Fungai ...
Read More

Piero della Francesca

Piero of Benedetto de Franceschi, commonly known as Piero della Francesca (Borgo Sansepolcro, 12 September 1416/1417 - October 12, 1492) ...
Read More

Adam Elsheimer

Adam Elsheimer (March 18, 1578 in Frankfurt in Main Frankfurt, Dec 11, 1610 in Rome) was a prominent German baroque ...
Read More

Donatello

Donatello, real name Donato of Niccolo di Betto Bardi (Florence, 1386 - Florence, December 13, 1466), was an Italian sculptor, ...
Read More

Atul Dodiya

Atul Dodiya (Born Jan 20, 1959) is an Indian artist. Atul began exhibiting and selling his work in the early ...
Read More

Sandro Botticelli

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi(Mar 1, 1445 - May 17, 1510), known as Sandro Botticelli , was an Italian ...
Read More

Taddeo di Bartolo

Taddeo di Bartolo (1362 - Aug 26, 1422), also known as Taddeo Bartoli, was an Italian painter of the Sienese ...
Read More

Erhard Altdorfer

Erhard Altdorfer was a German Early Renaissance printmaker, painter, and architect, who worked as a court painter in Schwerin from ...
Read More

Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Karl Friedrich Schinkel (born March 13, 1781 in Neuruppin, 9th October 1841 dead in Berlin), was one of the most ...
Read More

Johann Friedrich Overbeck

Johann Friedrich Overbeck (Lübeck, Germany, 3 July 1789 – 12 November 1869), was a German painter draftsman and illustrator. He ...
Read More

Frans Francken the Younger

Frans Francken the Younger (Antwerp, 1581 - there, May 6, 1642), also known as Frans Francken de Jongere, was a ...
Read More

Pier Francesco Mola

Pier Francesco Mola, called Il Ticinese (Coldrerio, February 9, 1612 - Rome, May 13, 1666), was a Swiss-Italian painter of ...
Read More

Jean Fouquet

Jean Fouquet (born around 1420 maybe in Tours (France) and died between 1478 and 1481, probably in the same city), ...
Read More

George de Forest Brush

George de Forest Brush (September 28, 1855 – April 24, 1941) was an American painter. In collaboration with his friend, ...
Read More

Vincenzo Foppa

Vincenzo Foppa (Bagnolo Mella, 1427 - 1515) was an Italian painter from the Renaissance period, one of the main animators ...
Read More

Frans Floris

Frans Floris the Elder or Frans Floris de Vriendt (Born1517 in Antwerp, 1 October 1570 in Antwerp) was a Flemish ...
Read More

John Flaxman

John Flaxman R.A. (York, July 6, 1755 - London, December 7, 1826), was a British sculptor and draughtsman, and a ...
Read More

Rosso Fiorentino

Giovan Battista of Jacopo di Gasparre, known as Rosso Fiorentino (Florence, March 8, 1495 - Fontainebleau, November 14, 1540), was ...
Read More

Giovanni Fattori

Giovanni Fattori (Livorno, September 6, 1825 - Florence, August 30, 1908) was an Italian painter and engraver. one of the ...
Read More

Antonio Fantuzzi

Antonio Fantuzzi (active in the 1540s) was an Italian painter and printmaker active in the French Renaissance in a Mannerist ...
Read More

Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck (Maaseik, principality of Liege, ca. 1390 - Bruges, county of Flanders, July 9, 1441) was a flamenco ...
Read More

Mel Edwards

Mel Edwards (born 1937) is an American sculptor, based in New York City He has had more than a dozen ...
Read More

Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer (May 21, 1471 - Apr 6, 1528) was a painter, printmaker and theorist of the German Renaissance. Born ...
Read More

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp, born in Blainville-Crevon (Seine-Maritime), July 28, 1887 and died in Neuilly-sur-Seine on October 2, 1968, is a painter, ...
Read More
Loading...

Many argue that the ideas characterizing the Renaissance had their origin in late 13th-century Florence, in particular with the writings of Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) and Petrarch (1304–1374), as well as the paintings of Giotto di Bondone (1267–1337) Some writers date the Renaissance quite precisely; one proposed starting point is 1401, when the rival geniuses Lorenzo Ghiberti and Filippo Brunelleschi competed for the contract to build the bronze doors for the Baptistery of the Florence Cathedral (Ghiberti won) Others see more general competition between artists and polymaths such as Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Donatello, and Masaccio for artistic commissions as sparking the creativity of the Renaissance Yet it remains much debated why the Renaissance began in Italy, and why it began when it did Accordingly, several theories have been put forward to explain its origins

Renaissance art marks a cultural rebirth at the close of the Middle Ages and rise of the Modern world One of the distinguishing features of Renaissance art was its development of highly realistic linear perspective Giotto di Bondone (1267–1337) is credited with first treating a painting as a window into space, but it was not until the demonstrations of architect Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1446) and the subsequent writings of Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472) that perspective was formalized as an artistic technique