The Great Italian Painters
Some of the greatest painters of all time have hailed from Italy. Italy has been thoroughly blessed with culture and art, it’s great cities Rome, Florence, Venice, Genoa were the epicentre of art in Europe especially during the Renaissance period. So, it is hardly surprising that some of the greatest painters on the planet have been Italian. We take a look at some of the masters of Italian art.
First on our list is Botticelli, and he is well renowned as one of the greatest Italian painters that ever existed. It was sad that in later life his popularity declined due to new artists pushing the boundaries of art. Even after his death his reputation continued to decline as he was seen as one of the older Renaissance brigade and no longer fashionable. The brilliance of Botticelli was in his use of colour, he was not afraid to risk clashes of traditional palettes. His most famous work is probably Primavera which he painted in 1482, other works included” Adoration of the Magi, The Mystical Nativity and The Birth of Venus.
Often spoken in the same breath as Michelangelo and da Vinci he was the third member of the Italian High Renaissance. Raphael was most famous for depicting emotion in his art with minute detail of the brush work. Probably most famous for his painting the Madonna and Christ Child, but The School of Athens, Sistine Madonna and Madonna of the Goldfinch still remain classics.
Michelangelo considered himself first and foremost a sculptor but his work with the brush is staggeringly talented. He was responsible for painting two of the world’s most incredible and important works, the Scenes from Genesis on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling in the Vatican and The Last Judgement on the altar wall. For these two paintings alone, he will go down as one of the greatest ever painters that lived.
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was nothing less than a pure genius in nearly everything that he did, most famous as a painter, his knowledge spread into geology, anatomy, botany and light. His best-known work features expressions and gestures and are full of human emotion. In his famous painting The Last Supper we concentrate on each and every expression of the seated apostles as they have just been told one of them would betray Jesus. We have all heard of the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile, it is the most important parts of the masterpiece. Da Vinci was magnificent at portraying the smallest of gestures or slightest of gazes. This probably is the reason why his paintings have stood the test of time.
It is hard to describe these Italian artists without using words such as genius, brilliant, gifted, as each and every one of them was a true master of his art. Without these men and their art, the world would be a far poorer place, thank god that they were allowed to tread the same earth as the rest of mankind.