Trivium Art History


A butcher's son swept off his feet by a renaissance master.

Meet Agnolo Bronzino

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Trivium is a free online art history book. A place to explore the passionate lives and work of great artists.

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Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino

1483 - 1520

Star boy parties himself to death.

Sofonisba Anguissola

1532 - 625

Italy then Spain then back to Italy.

Fede Galizia

1578 - 1630

A woman in Italy invents the still life.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

1526 - 1593

Why take art so seriously?

Artemisia Gentileschi

1593 - 1656

Thriving woman artist takes on the masters.

Herrad of Landsberg

1130 - 1195

A french abbess creates the first female-authored encyclopedia.

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The town was on fire, the quarter where the poor Jews lived. They carried the bed and the mattress, the mother and the babe at her feet, to a safe place at the other end of town. But, first of all, I was born dead.

My Life - Marc Chagall Autobiography: Chapter 1 — 1922

Marc Chagall

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It's easier to enjoy and consume what we already understand. Innovators must convince the public their new ideas are superior to what they already have.

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The muses were the nine daughters of Zeus — who would breathe divine inspiration into humans. No one believes in these women anymore, but they're still terribly useful.

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