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Famous Italian Renaissance Sculptures

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List of famous Italian Renaissance sculptures, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The Italian Renaissance period was a cultural awakening in the art world, so it's no surprise it produced some of the most historic sculptures in the history of the world. The works of art listed below are some of the most popular Italian Renaissance sculptures, so most of the artist's names who created these works will be very recognizable. Renowned sculptures from the Italian Renaissance period are showcased in museums all around the world, so save yourself an expensive vacation by simply scrolling through this list.

Examples of pieces on this list include Pietà and Crucifix.

This list answers the questions, “What are the most famous Italian Renaissance sculptures?” and “What are examples of Italian Renaissance sculptures?”
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    Cristo della Minerva is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Sculptures
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    The Cristo della Minerva, also known as Christ the Redeemer, Christ Carrying the Cross or the Risen Christ, is a marble sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti, finished in 1521. It is in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, to the left of the main altar. The ...more

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    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Jesus Christ
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Crucifix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Sculptures
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    Two different crucifixes, or strictly wooden corpus figures for crucifixes, are attributed to the High Renaissance master Michelangelo, although neither is universally accepted as his. Both are relatively small figures which would have been produced in Michelangelo's youth. more

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    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Jesus Christ, Crucifix, Crucifixion
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance
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    David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet Michelangelo. It is a 4.34-metre, 5.17-metre with the base marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art of ...more

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    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: David
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Hercules and Cacus is a white sculpture to the right of the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy. This work by the Florentine artist Baccio Bandinelli was commissioned as a pendant to David, which had been commissioned by the republican counsel of Florence, under ...more

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    • Artist: Bartolommeo Bandinelli
    • Subject: Cacus, Heracles, Hercules
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Judith and Holofernes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Sculptures
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    The bronze sculpture Judith and Holofernes, created by Donatello at the end of his career, can be seen in the Hall of Lilies, in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy. A copy stands in one of the sculpture's original positions on the Piazza della Signoria, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. It depicts the ...more

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    • Artist: Donatello
    • Subject: Holofernes
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    The Madonna of Bruges is a marble sculpture by Michelangelo of Mary with the infant Jesus. Michelangelo's depiction of the Madonna and Child differs significantly from earlier representations of the same subject, which tended to feature a pious Virgin smiling down on an infant held in her arms. Instead, ...more

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    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Jesus Christ, Blessed Virgin Mary, Madonna and Child
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Moses is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Sculptures
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    The Moses is a sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. Commissioned in 1505 by Pope Julius II for his tomb, it depicts the Biblical figure Moses with horns on his head, based on a description in the Vulgate, the ...more

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    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Pietà is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Italian Renaissance Sculptures
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    The Pietà is a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. It is the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French Cardinal Jean de Bilhères, who was a representative in ...more

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    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Pietà, Lamentation of Christ, Blessed Virgin Mary
    • Genres (Art): Christian art
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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