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Paintings by the Renaissance Famous Artists

Renaissance is one of the crucial period of the World Art history and development, presenting a number of great artists to the world. Renaissance paintings directed Art development for centuries ahead and the principles created by Artists of that time hold sway nowadays.

Novelties of that time did not appear all of a sudden. The Medieval Art, the International Gothic, and the Byzantine painting preceded them. These movements echo had been observed in Renaissance Artists’ famous paintings for a long time. We may notice them in paintings by Giotto, Botticelli, Carpaccio. Besides, the Gothic style were not denied by Artists of the Northern Renaissance – a movement that oftentimes acted as Italian Art antagonist despite the revived Ancient Art strong impact. The famous Artists of that time in Europe were the van Eycks, Bosch, Bruegel, Durer, Holbein, Dumonstier dynasty and many others.

Renaissance Painting Development Stages

Starting from the beginning of the XVI century the Italian painting history periods had been receiving special names. The first is Duecento, influenced by the International Gothic and Religious paintings of the Byzantine. Distinctive features of the movement that had stopped to attract Artists were grotesque, excessive decorativeness, lack of volume and conventional design.

Necessity of changes led to renouncing of the past ideas by Artists who started the next stage named the Proto-Renaissance or Trecento. They applied new principles to picture the outworld.

Overall progress in sciences as anatomy, mathematic, physics, and geometry became instrumental in these principles development. Giotto was one of the outstanding Artists of that time. His paintings has perspective and volume with foreground and background sharp division. An interest in the Antique has being arisen with its subjects as well as religious subjects receiving more secular treat.

The Early Renaissance (Quaradrocento) famous Artists gained an opportunity to paint more realistic picture of the real life, i.e. nature, animals, and a human being – a core object of the Renaissance Art. The Artists were aiming to picture the world around with the maximum accuracy and details. The outstanding Artists of that time were Botticelli, Masaccio, della Francesca, and others.

The High Renaissance (the end of Quaradrocento - the beg. of Cinquecento ) – this picturesque period prime, the time that presented genius Artists and Scientists to the world. Humanism and anthropocentrism were becoming crucial Renaissance features: a man was being declared not only a supreme value but actually conforming unto God since humanistic opinions assumed an unlimited right for a man to free creation. The Renaissance Art was marked by true human feelings and emotions projection even when referring to religious theme. Symbolism and conventionalities were being broken, and world palpability and substantiality were stepping forward. The most famous Artists of the early XVI century Renaissance were Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Michelangelo, Giorgione, and Raphael. It is impossible to overstress the importance of these great Artists role in the Classic Art development.

Renaissance Paintings: Famous Masterpieces

It is impossible to choose only one painting or a fresco out of a number of Renaissance masterpieces. The majority of art lovers prioritizes “La Gioconda” by Leonardo da Vinci, “Sistine Madonna” by Raphael, line arts by Dürer. Nevertheless, the well-known Renaissance Paintings also embrace “folk” paintings by Bruegel, canvases with clear Medieval Gothic features by van Eyck, and unusual pictures by Bosch who is regarded by many as a Dutch Realism as well as Surrealism father.

The Renaissance Art is complex but every famous Artists’ works of that time somehow express its main ideas. These are the supremacy of human Mind and a Man crowning Nature. The Renaissance paintings are exhibited in the biggest art museums of the world, and not many art lovers have an opportunity to visit them and get to see masterpieces of the past firsthand.

Our portal allows all classical and contemporary art lovers to visit one of the biggest virtual gallery in Russian Internet environment. High quality photos are unified in topical collections and show both the most famous and little-known Renaissance paintings that can be examined in great detail.
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