Let me share with you a doubt. My doubt is that visual art has all that much of an impact on history. have written many of the essays you've been reading as if art had something to say, and as if it were important. And I believe, more or less - on good days -- that something like this is true.
Donatello's role in the birth of the Florentine Renaissance along with those of colleagues like Ghiberti and Brunelleschi is the focus of The Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture and the Arts in Florence 1400-1460 on view through August 18.
Today, Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II's prized possessions along with those of his art-loving Habsburg relatives reside at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. After a decade-long closure, the museum's refurbished Kunstkammer reopened March 1.
In every gallery I was surrounded by paintings that featured a cast of characters and lavish settings that bore no resemblance to the world that Jesus and his followers inhabited. Every wall greeted me with blond, fair-skinned European figures.
As the West led the world in what has been propagated as inexorable progress towards the universal ideal, those early voices of the Renaissance were silenced. Perhaps the contemporary renaissance in the East could serve to reawaken the West.
About Renaissance artist Paolo Veronese, 17th-century writer Marco Boschini raved: "He is the treasurer of the art and of the colors. This is not painting -- it is magic that casts a spell on people who see it produced."
The Offering of Angels is now touring four museums in the United States. Currently the exhibit is at the Chazen Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, and next it will travel to the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia.
Known for the smoldering intensity of his figurative work, Samorì deftly wields his artist's brush to create moody and atmospheric pieces. The following interview sheds light on the prolific artist who spends most of his time in the shadows.
They might have some abstract legal "right" to vote -- but not the deeply rooted right to vote that only comes from the exercise of responsible proprietorship. And besides, what does not having a photo ID in this day and age testify to if not an absence of that responsibility?
If ideas have a nursery, if they germinate anywhere, it is in the free exchange, the interplay of differing views; the reflections and sparks that diversity causes leading to the sum being not just greater than the parts but also original.
While some are quick to dismiss the disruptive changes in education today, I think we should welcome the highly collaborative, personalized, and affordable opportunities new digital technologies offer learners throughout the world.
The world's first "megachurch" did not originate in 1950s America. Instead, it sprouted in 15th century Florence. It was called San Marco and was led by a fiery preacher and friar named Girolamo Savonarola.