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Artists, Architecture and Museums in Italy

Agnolo Bronzino, The ArtistsPortrait of Agnolo Bronzino

Agnolo Bronzino

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

1503 – 1572
Amedeo Modigliani, The ArtistsPortrait of Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani

1884 – 1920
Andrea Mantegna, The ArtistsPortrait of Andrea Mantegna

Andrea Mantegna

1431 – 1506
Andrea Palladio, The ArtistsPortrait of Andrea Palladio

Andrea Palladio

Inventor of Curb Appeal, Master of the Facade

1508 – 1580
Antonio Canova, The ArtistsPortrait of Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova

A global titan of neoclassical sculpture

1757 – 1822
Antonio Sant'Elia, The ArtistsPortrait of Antonio Sant'Elia

Antonio Sant'Elia

Prophet of the violent, industrial future

1888 – 1916
Artemisia Gentileschi, The ArtistsPortrait of Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi

Heads will roll

1593 – 1656
Barbara Longhi, The ArtistsPortrait of Barbara Longhi

Barbara Longhi

1552 – 1638
Bernardo Parentino, The Artists

Bernardo Parentino

A case of mistaken identity

1450 – 1500
Canaletto, The ArtistsPortrait of Canaletto

Canaletto

The spiritual inventor of the postcard

1697 – 1768
Caravaggio, The ArtistsPortrait of Caravaggio

Caravaggio

How a murderer invented Baroque painting

1571 – 1610
Carlo Carrà, The ArtistsPortrait of Carlo Carrà

Carlo Carrà

An argument for consistency

1881 – 1966
Carlo Crivelli, The Artists

Carlo Crivelli

The detailed worlds of the forgotten High Gothic

1430 – 1495
Cimabue, The Artists

Cimabue

Master of Flat

1240 – 1302
Donatello, The Artists

Donatello

A celibate perfectionist revives classical sculpture

1386 – 1466
Elisabetta Sirani, The ArtistsPortrait of Elisabetta Sirani

Elisabetta Sirani

The mysterious death of a young art teacher

1638 – 1665
Fede Galizia, The ArtistsPortrait of Fede Galizia

Fede Galizia

Bringing soul to still lifes

1578 – 1630
Filippo Brunelleschi, The ArtistsPortrait of Filippo Brunelleschi

Filippo Brunelleschi

The father of Renaissance architecture

1377 – 1446
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, The ArtistsPortrait of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

A poet creates a church of speed and violence

1876 – 1944
Fortunato Depero, The ArtistsPortrait of Fortunato Depero

Fortunato Depero

The heartbreaking sincerity of genius

1892 – 1960
Fra Angelico, The ArtistsPortrait of Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico

Spiritual rock star kickstarts the Italian Renaissance

1395 – 1455
Giacomo Balla, The ArtistsPortrait of Giacomo Balla

Giacomo Balla

Moving objects multiply themselves

1871 – 1958
Giampietrino, The Artists

Giampietrino

Copying Leonardo da Vinci for fun and profit.

1495 – 1549
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, The ArtistsPortrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Making marble move

1598 – 1680
Gino Severini, The ArtistsPortrait of Gino Severini

Gino Severini

A future of dancers instead of machines

1883 – 1966
Giorgio de Chirico, The ArtistsPortrait of Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico

Enchanted spaces in the city of Nietzsche

1888 – 1978
Giorgio Morandi, The ArtistsPortrait of Giorgio Morandi

Giorgio Morandi

What if you only painted bottles for your whole life?

1890 – 1964
Giorgio Vasari, The ArtistsPortrait of Giorgio Vasari

Giorgio Vasari

The first art historian

1511 – 1574
Giorgione, The ArtistsPortrait of Giorgione

Giorgione

Rich color and mood like smooth syrup

1477 – 1510
Giotto di Bondone, The ArtistsPortrait of Giotto di Bondone

Giotto di Bondone

The human form, rediscovered during the Dark Ages

1267 – 1337
Giovanna Garzoni, The ArtistsPortrait of Giovanna Garzoni

Giovanna Garzoni

Travel, socialize, paint lemons and beans

1600 – 1670
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, The ArtistsPortrait of Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Making a living from etchings

1720 – 1778
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, The Artists

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Spirit and fire, a quick and resolute style

1696 – 1770
Giulia Lama, The ArtistsPortrait of Giulia Lama

Giulia Lama

1681 – 1747
Giulio Campagnola, The Artists

Giulio Campagnola

This guy invented stippling

1482 – 1515
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, The ArtistsPortrait of Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Why take art so seriously?

1526 – 1593
John Singer Sargent, The ArtistsPortrait of John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

Portrait painter extraordinaire

1856 – 1925
John William Waterhouse, The ArtistsPortrait of John William Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse

1849 – 1917
Lavinia Fontana, The ArtistsPortrait of Lavinia Fontana

Lavinia Fontana

Matriarch of the family business

1552 – 1614
Leonardo da Vinci, The ArtistsPortrait of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Did you know he was a vegetarian?

1452 – 1519
Lorenzo Monaco, The Artists

Lorenzo Monaco

Gothic tradition is good enough for me

1370 – 1425
Luca della Robbia, The Artists

Luca della Robbia

Terra-cotta Master

1399 – 1482
Lucrina Fetti, The Artists

Lucrina Fetti

1590 – 1673
Luigi Russolo, The ArtistsPortrait of Luigi Russolo

Luigi Russolo

Machines that scream: inventing Futurist music

1885 – 1947
Margherita Caffi, The Artists

Margherita Caffi

1650 – 1710
Masaccio, The ArtistsPortrait of Masaccio

Masaccio

1401 – 1428
Michelangelo, The Artists

Michelangelo

Time to flex

1475 – 1564
Orsola Maddalena Caccia, The Artists

Orsola Maddalena Caccia

1596 – 1676
Piero della Francesca, The ArtistsPortrait of Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca

A mathematician gets fierce with perspective

1415 – 1492
Plautilla Nelli, The ArtistsPortrait of Plautilla Nelli

Plautilla Nelli

1524 – 1588

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