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The Greatest Works of Art from the Renaissance Era

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List of famous Renaissance artwork, listed alphabetically with photos when available. The 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 Renaissance art pieces, so art enthusiasts will likely recognize the names of the famous artists who created these pieces. These renowned pieces of 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 Renaissance art. In the chance that pictures of these historic Renaissance works of art aren't available, you can click on the name of the piece for more information.

This list features Mona Lisa, Bacchus and Ariadne and more.

If you want to know, "What is Renaissance art?" or "What are examples of Renaissance art?" then this list will answer your questions.

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    The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world". The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel, and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506. Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797. The subject's expression, which is...  more
    • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
    • Subject: Lisa del Giocondo
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, 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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  • 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 Piero Soderini, to commemorate the victory over the Medici. The colossus was originally given to Michelangelo and meant to complement the David but later appropriated by the Medici family as a symbol of their renewed power after their return from exile in 1512, and again in 1530. Although descriptions of its unveiling in 1534 provided verbal and written criticisms of the marble, most were...  more
    • Artist: Bartolommeo Bandinelli
    • Subject: Cacus, Heracles, Hercules
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • 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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