Renaissance 2

Humanities – Italy: Early Renaissance (1425-1490)

A visual and interactive history of the Italian Renaissance: Part 2.
We’ll follow the spread of this new style from Florence to the rest of Italy (focusing on Rome, Siena, Padua, Venice). In Florence we’ll learn about the rise of the Medici family, their economical and political success, the conspiracies against them, the artists and humanists they supported: Fra Angelico, Verrocchio, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Lippi, Gozzoli, Michelozzo and more. In Padua we’ll follow the steps of Donatello and discover Mantegna. In Rome we’ll learn about the humanist Popes (Nicholas V, Pius II, Sixtus IV), wise Greek refugees such as Bessarion, and artists such as Bregno, Pontelli, Pinturicchio. In Venice we’ll see how the local Byzantine-Gothic tradition met the Renaissance in the works by Codussi, Lombardo, and Bellini.

  • The Origins of Humanism 
  • Early Renaissance
  • The Climax of the Renaissance 
  • Mannerism and Late Renaissance
  • The Origins of the Baroque Culture.

Rome, Tivoli, Florence, Siena, Padua, Venice

  • Rome
  • Trevi Fountain, Saint Peter in Vatican, Santa Maria del Popolo, Santa Maria della Pace, Sant’Agostino, Villa Farnesina, Bramante’s Cloister, Michelangelo’s Moses, Piazza del Campidoglio, Castel Sant’Angelo, Trinità dei Monti and Spanish Steps, Farnese Gardens, Fountains of Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Caravaggio’s Churches and more…  
  • Tivoli
  • Villa D’Este
  • Florence
  • Piazza della Signoria, Dante’s Neighborhood, Florence’s Cathedral, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Spedale degli Innocenti, San Lorenzo & Medici Chapels, Medici Palace, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, Brancacci Chapel, San Marco, Orsanmichele, Ponte Vecchio and more…
  • Siena
  • Piazza del Campo, Duomo, Baptistry, Piccolomini Library
  • Padua
  • Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel, Mantegna’s Ovetari Chapel, Donatello’s Gattamelata, and more…
  • Venice 
  • San Marco Square, Ducale Palace, the Renaissance palaces of Canal Grande, San Zaccaria, santa Maria dei Miracoli, the great paintings and cycles of frescoes by Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, Palladio’s San Giorgio, and more…

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