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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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  • Bacchus and Ariadne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Works of Art from the Renaissance Era
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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 on Wikipedia
    • 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 listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Works of Art from the Renaissance Era
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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 on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Art Form: Relief
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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  • Cristo della Minerva is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Works of Art from the Renaissance Era
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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 on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Jesus Christ
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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  • Diana and Actaeon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Works of Art from the Renaissance Era
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    Diana and Actaeon is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Titian, finished in 1556–1559, and is considered amongst Titian's greatest works. It portrays the moment in which the goddess Diana meets Actaeon. Diana is the woman on the right side of the painting. She is wearing a crown with a crescent moon on it and is being covered by the dark skinned woman who may be her servant or slave. In 2008–2009, the National Gallery, London and National Gallery of Scotland successfully campaigned to acquire the painting from the Bridgewater Collection for £50 million. As a result, Diana and Actaeon will remain on display in the UK, and will alternate between the two galleries on five-year terms.... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Titian
    • Subject: Diana, Actaeon
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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