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Artists, Architecture and Museums in Italy

Agnolo Bronzino, The Artists

Agnolo Bronzino

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

1503-1572
Amedeo Modigliani, The Artists

Amedeo Modigliani

1884-1920
Andrea Palladio, The Artists

Andrea Palladio

Inventor of Curb Appeal, Master of the Facade

1508-1580
Antonio Canova, The Artists

Antonio Canova

A global titan of neoclassical sculpture

1757-1822
Antonio Sant'Elia, The Artists

Antonio Sant'Elia

Prophet of the violent, industrial future

1888-1916
Artemisia Gentileschi, The Artists

Artemisia Gentileschi

Heads will roll

1593-1656
Barbara Longhi, The Artists

Barbara Longhi

1552-1638
Bernardo Parentino, The Artists

Bernardo Parentino

A case of mistaken identity

1450-1500
Canaletto, The Artists

Canaletto

The spiritual inventor of the postcard

1697-1768
Caravaggio, The Artists

Caravaggio

How a murderer invented Baroque painting

1571-1610
Carlo Carrà, The Artists

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 Artists

Elisabetta Sirani

The mysterious death of a young art teacher

1638-1665
Fede Galizia, The Artists

Fede Galizia

Bringing soul to still lifes

1578-1630
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, The Artists

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

A poet creates a church of speed and violence

1876-1944
Fortunato Depero, The Artists

Fortunato Depero

The heartbreaking sincerity of genius

1892-1960
Fra Angelico, The Artists

Fra Angelico

Spiritual rock star kickstarts the Italian Renaissance

1395-1455
Giacomo Balla, The Artists

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 Artists

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Making marble move

1598-1680
Gino Severini, The Artists

Gino Severini

A future of dancers instead of machines

1883-1966
Giorgio de Chirico, The Artists

Giorgio de Chirico

Enchanted space in the city of Nietzsche

1888-1978
Giorgio Morandi, The Artists

Giorgio Morandi

What if you only painted bottles for your whole life?

1890-1964
Giorgio Vasari, The Artists

Giorgio Vasari

The first art historian

1511-1574
Giorgione, The Artists

Giorgione

Rich color and mood like smooth syrup

1477-1510
Giotto di Bondone, The Artists

Giotto di Bondone

The human form, rediscovered during the Dark Ages

1267-1337
Giovanna Garzoni, The Artists

Giovanna Garzoni

Travel, socialize, paint lemons and beans

1600-1670
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, The Artists

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 Artists

Giulia Lama

1681-1747
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, The Artists

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Why take art so seriously?

1526-1593
John Singer Sargent, The Artists

John Singer Sargent

Portrait painter extraordinaire

1856-1925
John William Waterhouse, The Artists

John William Waterhouse

1849-1917
Lavinia Fontana, The Artists

Lavinia Fontana

Matriarch of the family business

1552-1614
Leonardo da Vinci, The Artists

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 Artists

Luigi Russolo

Machines that scream: inventing Futurist music

1885-1947
Margherita Caffi, The Artists

Margherita Caffi

1650-1710
Michelangelo, The Artists

Michelangelo

Time to flex

1475-1564
Orsola Maddalena Caccia, The Artists

Orsola Maddalena Caccia

1596-1676
Piero della Francesca, The Artists

Piero della Francesca

A mathematician gets fierce with perspective

1415-1492
Plautilla Nelli, The Artists

Plautilla Nelli

1524-1588
Raphael Sanzio, The Artists

Raphael Sanzio

Star boy parties himself to death

1483-1520
Rosalba Carriera, The Artists

Rosalba Carriera

Pastel portraits keep you looking young and fresh

1673-1757
Sandro Botticelli, The Artists

Sandro Botticelli

A fulcrum between old and new

1445-1510
Sofonisba Anguissola, The Artists

Sofonisba Anguissola

Intimate portraitist and confidant to the queen

1532-1625

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