Art and Architecture

The Virgin of the Rocks
             1503-06 (140 Kb); Oil on wood, 189.5 x 120 cm (6 x 4 ft); National Gallery, London

    This section is designed to enrich your knowledge of art and architecture during the Renaissance period.  There are several museums available on the web that will assist you in your exploration of these subjects (they are listed below).  This section also provides some examples of art from the period.  The above painting is a work done by the period's most talented artist, Leonardo da Vinci.  Other artists to consider in your research include, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, Donatello, and scores of other talented painters, sculptors, and architects.  When researching these artists remember that the Renaissance consisted of two important eras, named the High (after 1490) and the Low (1400-1490) periods.  Pay attention to each individual's contributions, the time they worked, and how that work created a lasting impression on history.

Statues of David were very popular during the era:

 Donatello                    Michelangelo


Notice the differences and similarities of these two works.  Which do you prefer?  What other questions should you consider when evaluating art?  What questions will your project address?

  Villas were very popular during the Reniassance go to http://www.arca.net/tourism/florence/medvilla.htm to find out more....

The Santa Maria del Fiore is a cathedral designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, notice the artist use of domes, to find out more go to Brunelleschi's link bellow...


Tigertail Virtual Museum:  A great site that gives an overview of a vast array of artists, including those who participated in the Renaissance...http://tigtail.org/M_View/TVM/E/Efp.html

Art History--Chris Witcombe:  This site is an index that offers a lot of links to those interested in the Renaissance.  The page has a lot of links, so look for names and art work that is familiar to you...http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks2.html#Italy15

Filippo Brunelleschi:  Quick link to this site for a look at Brunelleschi's architecture (pay close attention to his work with domes)... http://www.lib.virginia.edu/dic/colls/thumbs2www/arh102/html/two/contact1.html

Olga's Gallery Alessandro Botticelli (1444/45 - 1510:  Check out Botticelli's artwork at this very basic but informative site...http://www.abcgallery.com/B/botticelli/botticelli.html

The Genius of Leonardo:  These two site are about da Vinci and his contributions to the world of inventions.  It also talks about some of his art. http://www.arca.net/tourism/florence/medvilla.htm