Renaissance art remains popular with traditional art followers around the world, and we examine the most important art period in history in this article, that which brought us the Renaissance art movement, which later developed further into the additional art movements that we have today.
Renaissance art began the key principles of perspective and detail which made the movements more lifelike and exciting than previous art from the middle ages. These new principles around which renaissance artists would base their work gave paintings a new depth and realism never seen before.
Giotto is believed to be the first ever Renaissance artist, from Florence Italy but his style took time to spread as he lived many years before the proper art movement of Renaissance began. Giotto’s work became the basis for all that followed and without him there may never have been such a momentous spread of this new art across Europe.
Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo are the best known Renaissance artists and we involved in many aspects of the Renaissance art movement, not just painting. Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452 and began his career working in Florence. Leonardo later started his own workshop. Mona Lisa and Da Vinci’s Last Supper remain his most influential paintings. Da Vinci’s skills as an inventor are also well documented through his substantial collection of notes and drawings of his ideas and observations.
Michelangelo Buonarroti, also from Florence, was a sculptor, a painter, and an architect. Michelangelo carved a statue of Moses and designed the dome of St. Peter’s church in Rome, amongst his best works. Michelangelo’s paintings across the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is his best series of painting. Michelangelo undertook some extraordinarily ambitious projects in order to put his great art skills to good effect, in the field of Religion in which he was so committed.
The Renaissance art movement includes many other brilliant artists who laid the foundation for the newer art movements of today. Whilst Da Vinci and Michelangelo remain the best known, there are many other French & Italian artists from the Renaissance & Baroque period worthy of study including Raphael, Titian, Bellini and Caravaggio.