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Roots of Leonardo Da Vinci

Roots of Leonardo Da Vinci

Nov 24, 2012

Leonardo Da Vinci, the multi-faceted genius of the Italian Renaissance was from, as his name implies, the little town of Vinci. The origins of Vinci go back to the Etruscans. It lies about six miles from Empoli and twenty miles west of Florence. Leonardo’s traditional birthplace home on the outskirts of the town in Anchiano still exists. The home...

Michelangelo’s David

Michelangelo’s David

Sep 14, 2012

A far more important commission was intrusted to Michelangelo in August…1501. Condivi, after mentioning his return to Florence, tells the history of the colossal David in these words: “Here he stayed some time, and made the statue which stands in front of the great door of the Palace of the Signory, and is called the Giant by all people. It came...

Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

May 21, 2012

Born 21 May 1471, Albrecht Dürer was a German painter, printmaker, engraver, mathematician, and theorist. He has been regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance. His ambitious work with woodcuts helped to revolutionize the medium. At the age of 15, Dürer began as an apprentice to the leading artist of Nuremberg, Michael Wolgemut. Though...