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September 24, 2019

One of the most important early Renaissance sculptors, Ghiberti is best known as the creator of the bronze doors of the Baptistery of Florence.

Synopsis

The son of a goldsmith, in Florence, Italy, Lorenzo Ghiberti would become one of the most influential artists of the...

September 24, 2019

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaura
2490–2472 B.C.
Greywacke, with traces of red and black paint
Height: 54 1/2"
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Art Code: "Stay Curious"

Synopsis

At twilight on January 10, 1910, a young boy beckoned George Reisner to the Menkau...

September 16, 2019

Johannes Gutenberg was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. His introduction of mechanical movable type printing to Europe started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important invention of the...

September 16, 2019

Hall of Bulls

ca. 15,000 BCE
Lascaux, Dordogne, France
Paint on limestone
Largest bull approx. 12' long.

Art Code: "Be Curious"

Synopsis

Lascaux Cave is a Palaeolithic cave situated in southwestern France, near the village of Montignac in the Dordogne region, which houses...

September 13, 2019

Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (c. 1386 – 13 December 1466), better known as Donatello (Italian: [donaˈtɛllo]), was an Italian Renaissance sculptor from Florence. He studied classical sculpture and used this to develop a complete Renaissance style in sculpture, whose...

September 12, 2019

c. 28,000 - 25,000 BCE 

from Willendorf, Austria 

Limestone 

approx. 41/4” tall

Naturhistorisches Museum

​Vienna, Austria

Synopsis

(NOTE: This sculpture was originally the "Venus" of Willendorf and you will still see that title used frequently. The term, "Venus," the Roman go...

September 10, 2019

The School of Athens

Raffaello Sanzio (or Santi) da Urbino

1509-1511

Fresco

Rome

Read and take notes:

(adapted from https://www.raphaelsanzio.org/biography.html)

  • Raphael was one of the finest draftsmen in the history of Western art, and used drawings extensively to plan h...

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