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The Greatest Works of Art from the Italian Renaissance

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List of famous Italian Renaissance artwork, listed alphabetically with photos when available. The Italian Renaissance movement was an awakening in the world of art, producing new types of paintings and sculptures that the world had never seen before. This is a list of the most popular Italian Renaissance art pieces, so art enthusiasts will likely recognize the names of the famous artists who created these pieces. These renowned pieces of Italian Renaissance artwork are showcased in museums all over the world, so if you can't afford an expensive vacation then this list is a great substitute for seeing fine Italian Renaissance art. In the chance that pictures of these historic Italian Renaissance works of art aren't available, you can click on the name of the piece for more information.

This list contains pieces like Mona Lisa and Bacchus and Ariadne.

If you want to know, "What is Italian Renaissance art?" or "What are examples of Italian Renaissance art?" then this list will answer your questions.
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    The Aldobrandini Madonna is a painting from about 1509-1510 oil by the Italian renaissance artist Raphael. The picture is of the Virgin Mother, Christ child and infant John the Baptist, one of many paintings by Raphael with this trio. It is from early in his third, or Roman period, where distinctive changes are seen from his Umbrian or Florentine period in style, use of colour, and introduction of more natural subjects and settings. Owned for centuries by the aristocratic Roman Aldobrandini family, it has been part of the collection of the National Gallery in London since 1865. It was sold to the National Gallery in 1865 after about five decades of ownership by the Lord and Lady Garvagh,...  more
    • Artist: Raphael
    • Subject: Madonna, Child Jesus, Jesus Christ, Blessed Virgin Mary, Madonna and Child
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance
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    Bacchus and Ariadne is an oil painting by Titian. It is one of a cycle of paintings on mythological subjects produced for Alfonso d'Este, the Duke of Ferrara, for the Camerino d'Alabastro – a private room in his palazzo in Ferrara decorated with paintings based on classical texts. An advance payment was given to Raphael, who originally held the commission for the subject of a Triumph of Bacchus. At the time of Raphael's death in 1520, only a preliminary drawing was completed and the commission was then handed to Titian. In the case of Bacchus and Ariadne, the subject matter was derived from the Roman poets Catullus and Ovid. The painting, considered one of Titian's greatest works, now hangs...  more
    • Artist: Titian
    • Subject: Ariadne, Dionysus
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Battle of the Centaurs is a relief by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, created around 1492. It was the last work Michelangelo created while under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, who died shortly after its completion. Inspired by a classical relief created by Bertoldo di Giovanni, the unfinished marble sculpture depicts the mythic battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs. A popular subject of art in ancient Greece, the story was suggested to Michelangelo by the classical scholar and poet Poliziano. Battle of the Centaurs was a remarkable sculpture in several ways, presaging Michelangelo's future sculptural direction. Michelangelo had departed from the then current practices...  more
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Art Form: Relief
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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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 work was commissioned in June 1514, by the Roman patrician Metello Vari, who stipulated only that the nude standing figure would have the Cross in his arms, but left the composition entirely to Michelangelo. Michelangelo was working on a first version of this statue in his shop in Macello dei Corvi around 1515, but abandoned it in roughed-out condition when he discovered a black vein in the...  more
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Jesus Christ
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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