Masaccio, The Tribute Money

Despite his tragically short career—he died in 1428 at age 27— Masaccio would have a lasting influence on Michelangelo’s Sistine

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Portrait of Isabella d’Este

Even as the century progressed, the profile portrait remained the preferred format among the upper classes because of its obvious

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Who is the Mysterious Lady with an Ermine?

Another truly enigmatic painting is the so-called portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, currently in Krakow, Poland. Of all the

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Study of defensive armament

For some of us, that may come as a shock that Leonardo designed weapons. By our 21st century standards, it’s

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Madonna of the Carnation

In 1481, Leonardo received his first “big” commission, the one that had the potential of cementing his reputation as one

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School of Verrocchio, Lorenzo de Medici

To be a successful artist in the 1470’s meant having a connection to the private circle of Lorenzo de’ Medici,

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Who is Ginevra de’ Benci?

Ginevra de’ Benci (1473-1536) was the wife of Luigi di Bernardo Niccolini. We believe she sat for a portrait by

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“The Baptism of Christ” by Andrea Verrocchio

  The angel at far left in this painting. "The Baptism of Christ," by Andrea Verrocchio in 1475 is believed

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