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The Greatest Frescoes of the Italian Renaissance

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List of famous Italian Renaissance Frescos, 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 Frescos in the history of the world. The works of art listed below are some of the most popular Italian Renaissance Frescos, so most of the artist's names who created these works will be very recognizable. Renowned Frescos 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.

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  • The Conversion of Saul
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    The Conversion of Saul is a fresco painted by the Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti. It is housed in the Cappella Paolina, Vatican Palace, in the Vatican City. The style is more mannerist than his earlier Sistine Chapel frescoes, and was not as well received by contemporaries. The next fresco he completed was The Crucifixion of St. Peter....  more
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Art Form: Fresco
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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  • The Creation of Adam is a fresco painting by Michelangelo, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, painted circa 1511–1512. It illustrates the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis in which God breathes life into Adam, the first man. The fresco is part of a complex iconographic scheme and is chronologically the fourth in the series of panels depicting episodes from Genesis. It is the most well-known of the Sistine Chapel fresco panels, and its fame as a piece of art is rivaled only by the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The image of the near-touching hands of God and Adam has become iconic of humanity and has been reproduced in countless imitations and parodies....  more
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Adam
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Fresco
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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  • The Last Judgment
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    The Last Judgment, or The Last Judgement, is a fresco by the Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo executed on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. It is a depiction of the Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal judgment by God of all humanity. The souls of humans rise and descend to their fates, as judged by Christ surrounded by prominent saints including Saints Catherine of Alexandria, Peter, Lawrence, Bartholomew, Paul, Sebastian, John the Baptist, and others. The work took four years to complete and was done between 1536 and 1541 Michelangelo began working on it twenty five years after having finished the Sistine Chapel ceiling. An older and more thoughtful...  more
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Last Judgment
    • Genres (Art): Christian art, History painting
    • Art Form: Fresco
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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  • The Vision of the Cross
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    The Vision of the Cross is a painting made between 1520 and 1524 by assistants of the Italian renaissance artist Raphael. After the master's death in 1520, Gianfrancesco Penni, Giulio Romano and Raffaellino del Colle from Raphael's workshop worked together to finish the commission to decorate with frescoes the rooms that are now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Vision of the Cross is located in the Sala di Costantino. In the painting, emperor Constantine I is seen just before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. According to legend, a cross appeared to Constantine in the sky, after which as seen in the fresco and following...  more
    • Artist: Raphael
    • Subject: Constantine the Great
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Fresco
    • Period / Movement: Mannerism, Italian Renaissance
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