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Renaissance to Early Modern Art

This section ambitiously covers art from (roughly) 1400 - 1880, or the Renaissance to Impressionism. Besides the 15th and 16th centuries in Italy, you'll find information on the Renaissance in northern Europe, Baroque and Rococo art, Neo-classicism, Romanticism, Realism, and those radicals of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Everything gets wrapped up with the Impressionists and their ground-breaking discoveries.
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Artists from the Italian Proto-Renaissance
An annotated alphabetical listing of visual artists from the Proto-Renaissance period (ca. 1100-ca. 1400) in Italy. This page covers artists whose surnames begin with the letters A through F.

Special Report - Raphael's Portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici
Raphael's Lorenzo de' Medici, a portrait of Catherine de' Medici;s father, reflects the rich history of Italian Renaissance culture from which the Florentine ruler's privileged daughter emerged.

Raphael Riddle Reexamined: de Brécy Tondo Could Be by Renaissance Master
Controversy is brewing around the recent publication of scientific findings purporting to substantiate the claim that the de Brécy Tondo could very well be by the hand of Italian High Renaissance master Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi, 1483-1520).

Special Exhibition Review: Treasures of Sacred Maya Kings
The glorious past of the Maya comes alive in Treasures of Sacred Maya Kings. Rarely seen artworks, many recently discovered, expand our knowledge of Maya art, culture and understanding of sacred kingship as exhibited in The Metropolitan Museum's remarkable presentation.

Outline of Art History - Renaissance to Early Modern Art
A chronological outline of the different eras and movements in art from 1400 to 1880.

Italian Painting of the 15th Century
The US National Gallery of Art presents this online exhibit, complete with four separate thumbnail "tours" and a streaming slideshow featuring Fra Angelico and Filippo Lippi.

Italian Art - Quattrocento
Bernard Huyvaert has assembled here, for your pleasure, a large selection of Italian paintings from the Quattrocento (15th century). Take your pick, click and be taken to a large scan of each.

Leonardo da Vinci
One of the most famous names to come to mind, upon hearing the word "Renaissance". Read his biography and explore the links to related resources.

Michelangelo Buonarroti
The other great Renaissance "name", complete with biography and related resources.

18th Century - The French Rococo
Lots of Watteau, Chardin and Fragonard images here. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a link to part 2, "The Rococo in Other Countries". Unless you're Rococo-ed out, at this point.

Pre-Raphaelite Passion
Sounds juicy, doesn't it? Look here for the dirt on the Brotherhood, including artist biographies and images of their work, thoughtfully arranged by subject matter.

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