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Raffael

Posted in portrait, Raffael, Renaissance with tags , , , on August 22, 2008 by florinorfolk

(from: Wikipedia)  Raphael Sanzio, usually known by his first name alone (in Italian Raffaello)[1] (April 6 or March 28, 1483April 6, 1520)[2] was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, celebrated for the perfection and grace of his paintings and drawings. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

The dumb Lady

The Lady with the Unicorn

portrait of a young woman

Andrea Mantegna

Posted in Mantegna, portrait, Renaissance with tags , , , on June 10, 2008 by florinorfolk

Andrea Mantegna (c. 1431September 13, 1506) was an Italian Renaissance artist. A serious student of Roman archaeology and son in law of Jacopo Bellini.

Detail from the East Wall of the Camera degli Sposi in Mantua, 1474.

a larger detail of the frescoes in the Camera degli Sposi in the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua, 1474

Work in Mantua

The Marquis Ludovico II Gonzaga of Mantua had for some time been pressing Mantegna to enter his service; and the following year, 1460 Mantegna was appointed court artist. He resided at first from time to time at Goito, but, from December 1466 onwards, he moved with his family to Mantua. His engagement was for a salary of 75 lire a month, a sum so large for that period as to mark conspicuously the high regard in which his art was held. He was in fact the first painter of any eminence ever domiciled in Mantua.

His Mantuan masterpieces were painted in the apartment of the Castle of the city, today known as Camera degli Sposi (literally, “Wedding Chamber”): a series of full compositions in fresco including various portraits of the Gonzaga family and some figures of genii. (Source: Wikipedia)

Fra Angelico

Posted in biblical topics, Fra Angelico, Renaissance with tags , , , , on June 4, 2008 by florinorfolk

Fra Angelico (c. 1395 – February 18, 1455), born Guido di Pietro, was an Early Italian Renaissance painter, referred to in Vasari‘s Lives of the Artists as having “a rare and perfect talent”.

Fra Angelico – Annunciation

Saint Lawrence Receives the Treasures of the Church (1447), in the Vatican, incorporates the expensive pigments, gold leaf and elaborate design typical of Vatican commissions.

Annunciation, Museo San Marco, Florence