Famous Italian Paintings

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I find Italian artwork very beautiful and inspiring, particularly becuase it is part of my culture and where my family come from. The thing I loved most about going to Italy was being able to see these amazing galleries, churches and monumental sites from centuries ago and the significant importance they play in history not only for Italians but for the rest of the world too. As I was looking through the beautiful artworks famously known today, I came across a particular time called “The Renaissance Period” (meaning rebirth) which became quite fascinating to me. There were several artists that were a huge success during this period of time some of these included: Masaccio, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Ghiberti, Giotto, Raphael and Poggio Bracciolini. Many of these artists became very influential in the history of Italian art, particularly in contributing to a new cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence was felt in literature, philosophy, art, music, politics, science, and religion. The humanist method was introduced in study, and searched for in art of realism and human emotion. Artists explained this movement ‘as a modern way of thinking about the world and man’s place in it replacing an old, backward one.’ This is evident in some of the following paintings:

Image ’The Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo Da Vinci (1503-1505)

Image ’Marriage of the Virgin’ by Raphael (1504)

Image ’Judith beheading Holofernes’ by Caravaggio (1598-1599)

Image  ‘The Crucifixion by Tintoretto (1565)

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