Art of the Italian Renaissance. The Renaissance. The Renaissance was a time of rebirth, revival of learning, and renewed cultural awareness. As the Middle Ages drew to a close, a new spirit emerged and the focus of study shifted from theology to humanity.
Romanesque round arches of St Savin
Gothic rib vaults of Durham Cathedral
Detail from Giotto’s Mourning of Christ
A very human woman, her lips parted in a hint of a smile that reveals the white of her teeth.
13th c. Madonna -Cimabue'sSanta Trinita Madonna
Giotto’s Ognissanti Madonna
Early 15th Century
Before: Peeling and discolored after years of neglect
After: The restored masterpiece was open to visitors in May 1999.
Leonardo da Vinci High Renaissance