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Renaissance Collection

The Renaissance, a period of artistic and intellectual rebirth that spanned from the 14th to the 17th century

Background imageRenaissance Collection: DANTE: DIVINE COMEDY. Frontispiece of Dantes Divine Comedy, showing Dante (in

DANTE: DIVINE COMEDY. Frontispiece of Dantes Divine Comedy, showing Dante (in a red robe) being led by Virgil (in a blue robe) through the agonies of hell. Italian manuscript illumnination

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Pen and ink studies, c1510, by Leonardo da Vinci of a human fetus

Pen and ink studies, c1510, by Leonardo da Vinci of a human fetus
LEONARDO: HUMAN FETUS. Pen and ink studies, c1510, by Leonardo da Vinci of a human fetus

Background imageRenaissance Collection: BRUEGEL: TOWER OF BABEL. Building the Tower of Babel. Oil on panel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1563

BRUEGEL: TOWER OF BABEL. Building the Tower of Babel. Oil on panel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1563

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Praying hands, art by Durer

Praying hands, art by Durer
Durers Praying Hands. Sketch by the German artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) of praying hands (1508). Durer did much to introduce the Renaissance style of art to northern Europe

Background imageRenaissance Collection: The David statue at Piazzale Michelangelo, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Florence (Firenze)

The David statue at Piazzale Michelangelo, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Florence (Firenze), Tuscany, Italy, Europe

Background imageRenaissance Collection: DURER, Albrecht (1471-1528). Hare. 1502. Renaissance

DURER, Albrecht (1471-1528). Hare. 1502. Renaissance art. Watercolour. AUSTRIA. Vienna. Albertina Gallery

Background imageRenaissance Collection: ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (c1181-1226). Italian friar. St. Francis preaching to the birds

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (c1181-1226). Italian friar. St. Francis preaching to the birds. Predella panel

Background imageRenaissance Collection: DANTEs INFERNO, c1520. Woodcut from a Venetian edition of the Divine Comedy, c1520

DANTEs INFERNO, c1520. Woodcut from a Venetian edition of the Divine Comedy, c1520

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Gozzoli, Benozzo di Lese, called Benozzo (1420-1497)

Gozzoli, Benozzo di Lese, called Benozzo (1420-1497). Procession of the Youngest King. 1459-1460. ITALY. Florence. Medici Riccardi Palace. The Magi with Lorenzo the Magnificent and his retinue

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Cross-section of Filippo Brunelleschis design for the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in

Cross-section of Filippo Brunelleschis design for the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence, Italy
FLORENCE: BRUNELLESCHI. Cross-section of Filippo Brunelleschis design for the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence, Italy. Contemporary drawing by Lodovico Cardi da Cigoli

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Skull anatomy by Leonardo da Vinci

Skull anatomy by Leonardo da Vinci. Historical artwork and notes on the anatomy of the human skull and teeth, by the Italian artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Heidelberg castle and Old Bridge illuminated in winter, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Heidelberg castle and Old Bridge illuminated in winter, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Michelangelo (1475-1564). Sistine Chapel. The

Michelangelo (1475-1564). Sistine Chapel. The Last Judgement. 1537-1541. VATICAN CITY. Vatican Palaces. Renaissance art. Cinquecento. Fresco

Background imageRenaissance Collection: MAP OF ITALY, c1585. By Ignazio Danti from Sistine Chapel Gallery of Maps

MAP OF ITALY, c1585. By Ignazio Danti from Sistine Chapel Gallery of Maps

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Carta della Catena. View of Florence in 1490

Carta della Catena. View of Florence in 1490. Renaissance art. Painting. ITALY. Florence. Firenze Com era Historical and Topographical Museum

Background imageRenaissance Collection: The Peasants Wedding

The Peasants Wedding, 1568. Bruegel, Pieter, The Elder (1525-1569). Oil on oakwood, 114 x 164 cm

Background imageRenaissance Collection: SURVEYORS. Surveyors at work on land and sea. Colored German engraving, 1594

SURVEYORS. Surveyors at work on land and sea. Colored German engraving, 1594

Background imageRenaissance Collection: HEAD OF MEDUSA by Caravaggio: oil on canvas, 1596

HEAD OF MEDUSA by Caravaggio: oil on canvas, 1596

Background imageRenaissance Collection: LUCA PACIOLI (1445?-?1514). Italian mathematician and Franciscan friar. Painting

LUCA PACIOLI (1445?-?1514). Italian mathematician and Franciscan friar. Painting, 16th century

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Birth of Venus. Alessandro (Sandro) Botticelli

Birth of Venus. Alessandro (Sandro) Botticelli
BOTTICELLI, Alessandro di Mariano dei Filipepi, also called Sandro (1445-1510). The Birth of Venus. ca. 1485. Renaissance art. Quattrocento. Oil on wood

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Michelangelo (1475-1564). Madonna of Bruges

Michelangelo (1475-1564). Madonna of Bruges. 1501 - 1504. BELGIUM. Bruges. Church of Our Lady. Renaissance art. Cinquecento. Sculpture on marble

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Michelangelo (1475-1564). Pieta. 1498-1499. Renaissance

Michelangelo (1475-1564). Pieta. 1498-1499. Renaissance art. Cinquecento. Sculpture on marble. VATICAN CITY. Saint Peters Basilica

Background imageRenaissance Collection: CARAVAGGIO: ST. PAUL. Conversion of St. Paul. Oil on canvas, c1603

CARAVAGGIO: ST. PAUL. Conversion of St. Paul. Oil on canvas, c1603

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Piero della Francesca (c. 1420-1492). Italian painter. The Ba

Piero della Francesca (c. 1420-1492). Italian painter. The Ba
Renaissance Art. Italy. 15th century. Piero della Francesca (c.1420-1492). Italian painter. The Baptism of Christ (c. 1450). Detail. Tempera on panel. National Gallery. London. England. UK

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Johannes Keplers model of the universe. Line engraving from his Mysterium Cosmographicum, 1596

Johannes Keplers model of the universe. Line engraving from his Mysterium Cosmographicum, 1596
KEPLERs UNIVERSE, 1596. Johannes Keplers model of the universe. Line engraving from his Mysterium Cosmographicum, 1596

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Antonello da Messina. Virgin Annunciate. ca

Antonello da Messina. Virgin Annunciate. ca. 1476. The Virgin reading with a bookrest. Renaissance art. Quattrocento. Oil on wood. ITALY. Palermo. Fine Arts Museum

Background imageRenaissance Collection: AZORES MAP, c1584. Engraved map by Abraham Ortelius

AZORES MAP, c1584. Engraved map by Abraham Ortelius

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Young hare, by Durer

Young hare, by Durer
Durers Young Hare. Sketch by the German artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) of a young hare (1502). Durer did much to introduce the Renaissance style of art to northern Europe

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Alcuin of York (730-804). Alcuin presents to Rabanus Maurus

Alcuin of York (730-804). Alcuin presents to Rabanus Maurus
Alcuin of York, or Ealhwine, nicknamed or Flaccus (730-804). English scholar, ecclesiastic, poet and teacher from York, Northumbria. Alcuin presents to Rabanus Maurus to Saint Martin. Miniature

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Studies of an ox heart by Leonardo da Vinci, c1512, pen and ink

Studies of an ox heart by Leonardo da Vinci, c1512, pen and ink
LEONARDO: HEART, c1512. Studies of an ox heart by Leonardo da Vinci, c1512, pen and ink

Background imageRenaissance Collection: SANTI di TITO (1536-1603). Portrait of Niccolo

SANTI di TITO (1536-1603). Portrait of Niccolo Machiavelli. end 16th c. Renaissance art. Oil on canvas. ITALY. Florence. Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace)

Background imageRenaissance Collection: BOTTICELLI: PRIMAVERA. Painting by Sandro Botticelli, c1477-78

BOTTICELLI: PRIMAVERA. Painting by Sandro Botticelli, c1477-78

Background imageRenaissance Collection: 17th century world map

17th century world map
World map, published around 1664 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, by Dutch mapmaker Joan Blaeu (c.1599- 1673). The Latin title is Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Perseus and Medusa statue at Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Perseus and Medusa statue at Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Background imageRenaissance Collection: SPAIN. Salamanca. University of Salamanca. Facade

SPAIN. Salamanca. University of Salamanca. Facade. Renaissance art. Plateresque. Architecture

Background imageRenaissance Collection: ITALY. Siena. Cathedral. Hermes Trismegistus

ITALY. Siena. Cathedral. Hermes Trismegistus delivers a book to two personages who represent the Orient and the Western. Work attributed to Giovanni di Maestro Stefano (1488). Renaissance art

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Durers world map, 1515

Durers world map, 1515. Albrecht Durer (1471- 1528) was a German artist. His skillful use of perspective and mathematical proportions made him one of the outstanding artistic figures of the early

Background imageRenaissance Collection: 16th century map of the British Isles

16th century map of the British Isles
Map of the British Isles, in the 1570 edition of Ortelius Atlas (Theatrum Orbis Terrarum). Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) was a Flemish mapmaker who is considered to have produced the first true atlas

Background imageRenaissance Collection: VESPUCCIs WORLD MAP, 1526. Juan Vespuccis world map, 1526

VESPUCCIs WORLD MAP, 1526. Juan Vespuccis world map, 1526

Background imageRenaissance Collection: 1490 Leonardo Da Vinci colour portrait

1490 Leonardo Da Vinci colour portrait
Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist and inventor (15 April 1452 - 2 May 1519). Engraved portrait by J. Posselwhite in The Gallery of Portraits 1835 with later colouring

Background imageRenaissance Collection: ChAteau de Chenonceau over the Cher River at dusk, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, Centre

ChAteau de Chenonceau over the Cher River at dusk, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, Centre
Chateau de Chenonceau over the Cher River at dusk, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Raphael (1483 A?i? 1520). Canigiani Holy Family. 1507-1508

Raphael (1483 A?i? 1520). Canigiani Holy Family. 1507-1508
Raphael (1483A?i? 1520) was an Italian painter. Canigiani Holy Family or Canigiani Madonna. 1507-1508. High Renaissance. Alte Pinakothek. Munich. Germany

Background imageRenaissance Collection: ANNUNCIATION. Carlo Crivelli. Panel, 1486

ANNUNCIATION. Carlo Crivelli. Panel, 1486

Background imageRenaissance Collection: ANGELICO, Fra (1387-1455). The Annunciation

ANGELICO, Fra (1387-1455). The Annunciation. 1430s. Renaissance art. Quattrocento. Tempera on wood. ITALY. San Giovanni Valdarno. Museum of the Basilica de Santa Maria de la Gracia. Proc: MONACO

Background imageRenaissance Collection: Raphael (1483-1520). The Sistine Madonna. 1512-1517

Raphael (1483-1520). The Sistine Madonna. 1512-1517. Lower detail with the figures of two cherubs. Renaissance art. Cinquecento. Oil on canvas. GERMANY. Dresden

Background imageRenaissance Collection: VENICE: MAP, 17TH CENTURY. Map of Venice by Guiseppe Heintz, 17th century

VENICE: MAP, 17TH CENTURY. Map of Venice by Guiseppe Heintz, 17th century

Background imageRenaissance Collection: 16th century world map

16th century world map
World map, published around 1565 in Venice, Italy, by Italian mapmaker Ferando Bertelli. The title of the map: Universale Descrittione di Tutta la Terra Conosciuta Fin Qui

Background imageRenaissance Collection: APHRODITE / VENUS. Detail of Venus. Canvas, by Sandro Botticelli

APHRODITE / VENUS. Detail of Venus. Canvas, by Sandro Botticelli
APHRODITE/VENUS. Detail of Venus. Canvas, by Sandro Botticelli



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The Renaissance, a period of artistic and intellectual rebirth that spanned from the 14th to the 17th century, brought forth a wave of creativity and innovation that forever changed the course of history. Artists like Albrecht Durer, with his intricate masterpiece "Hare" in 1502, showcased their immense talent and attention to detail. In this era, great minds such as Dante Alighieri emerged, whose Divine Comedy became an iconic work. The frontispiece depicting Dante praying hands by Durer perfectly captures the spiritual essence of this literary masterpiece. Leonardo da Vinci's contribution cannot be overlooked either; his anatomical studies on skulls revolutionized our understanding of human physiology. Architects like Filippo Brunelleschi left their mark on Florence with visionary designs such as the cross-section drawing for Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral's dome. Lodovico Cardi da Cigoli's contemporary rendering allows us to glimpse into Brunelleschi's genius. Religious figures also played a significant role during this time. St. Francis of Assisi preached compassion towards all creatures, as depicted in Benozzo Gozzoli's predella panel showcasing him preaching to birds. Maps like Carta della Catena provide us with glimpses into cities' pasts; here we see Florence in all its glory in 1490—a bustling center of art and culture. Dante's Inferno woodcut from a Venetian edition transports us directly into hell itself—an eerie yet captivating representation that showcases both fear and fascination. Of course, no discussion about the Renaissance would be complete without mentioning Michelangelo Buonarroti—his Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes are nothing short of breathtaking. Equally mesmerizing is his Pieta sculpture which beautifully captures Mary cradling Jesus after his crucifixion. Lastly, Alessandro Botticelli takes us back to classical mythology with "Birth of Venus, " where the goddess emerges from the sea, a symbol of beauty and rebirth.