Michelangelo’s David

Along with the Duomo, another art structure that has significant importance and meaning in Florence is Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. Almost, if not, everything that Michelangelo created can be considered a masterpiece, and this statement stands true with his David statue! Michelangelo is an Italian Renaissance artist who was born in 1475 and died in…

Last Judgement Dome – Florence

One of the most famous architectural structures in Florence is the Duomo, or the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. This church has been in Florence since the Middle ages, and it has famously been known throughout history as having a difficult time obtaining a safe, sustainable dome. The dome was added only in the…

Carlo Crivelli

Carlo Crivelli was a prolific Italian artist during his life. Although he is a relevantly well-known artist, he doesn’t seem to have the same status as other artists that were active in Florence and Rome during the Renaissance (possibly because of his unique style that seems to merge Medieval and Renaissance paintings techniques). Having been…

Madonna of the Magnificat

Today I wanted to talk about one of my absolute favorite paintings EVER! When I was in Italy, I was able to go into, what I consider, one of the best museums: the Uffizi. There I saw some of the most breathtaking paintings of my life. One of these paintings was created by Sandro Botticelli,…

Benedetto Rusconi

Benedetto Rusconi, also known as Benedetto Rusconi detto Diana, was a Venetian Renaissance artist. He was born in 1482 and died in 1525. Not much seems to be known about this particular artist; however, he did create some paintings throughout his lifetime that are still in Italy today. When I was in Venice, I managed…

Lippi’s Greatest Painting

Fra Filippi Lippi is known throughout Italy for a variety of different things — good and bad. Having lost both his parents at a very young age, he was soon sent to a nearby Carmelite convent: the Santa Maria del Carmine within Florence. Being an orphan with few options in life, he decided to become…

Bellini’s Venice

Last year, I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit Italy. During my brief stay there, I was extremely excited to visit as many museums as I could. One of the museums I visited was the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice. This, along with almost every other museum I had the chance to visit, was…

Pietro Perugino

Giorgio Vasari, often referred to as the first Italian Renaissance art historian, once wrote that Perugino “knew no other pleasure than to labour continually at his art, and to be for ever painting.” Pietro Perugino was born under the name Pietro Vannucci; however, many called him Perugino after the city he was born in, Perugia….

Medici: Merely Marvelous or Machiavellian

When people think of the Medici family, they may be reminded of one city: Florence. During Medici rule, there were many citizens who considered them malicious, cunning, sly — simply put, Machiavellian. Just one example, out of many, of a family who hated them was the Pazzi family, who killed Giuliano de Medici. Whether the…

Sandro Botticelli

Hi everyone! For my first post, I’ve decided to talk about one of my favorite artists: Sandro Botticelli. Botticelli, along with Michelangelo, Raphael, and a handful of other artists, is one of the most well-known and adored artists in art history. He is a Florentine Italian Renaissance artist, who had connections to the prominent Medici…