The artists of the second Renaissance

The second Renaissance artists told by Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort

During the fifteenth century, a vast cultural renewal took place in Italy which took the name of Renaissance. Discover with us which are the greatest artists of the second Renaissance!

The Renaissance and its phases

The Renaissance was an era of great artistic geniuses who gave birth to a real process of renewal that involved not only art but also literature, thought and sciences.

The major centers in Italy involved in this artistic renewal were:

  • Florence;
  • Milan;
  • Venice;
  • Rome.

It was in Florence that this impulse of renewal was born, so much so that even today it has remained the nickname “Cradle of the Renaissance“.

During the Renaissance the man is the absolute protagonist of the art, inserted in a world regulated by pure and ideal forms (principles of balance, harmony, perfection). We return to the study of the great classics taking up the concept of “ideal beauty”.

To renew this point of view are, among the various innovations, the introduction of the movement and the intention to grasp the interiority of the subject through the expression of emotions.

The Renaissance is a long process of about 200 years and is divided into:

  • Early Renaissance;
  • Second Renaissance (or mature Renaissance);
  • manierimso.

The second Renaissance is a very fertile period that sees artists such as:

  • Leonardo da Vinci;
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti;
  • Raffaello Sanzio.

The artists of the second Renaissance

The second Renaissance or Renaissance mature develops from around 1500 to 1600, mainly in Rome where the popes call the best artists of the time to commission the realization of great works
architectural and pictorial, but also in Florence, Venice, and Milan.

This artistic phase has produced marvelous works such as religious and civil buildings, palaces, villas, sculptures, wall and panel paintings, cycles of frescoes.

Here are the greatest artists of the second Renaissance!


Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo was a designer, musician, engineer and architect, a scholar of anatomy and botany but above all a famous painter for nuanced and aerial perspective.
He was a member of the court of Lorenzo the Magnificent, then moved to Milan for twenty years, at the court of Ludovico Sforza. He died in France in 1519.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo was a painter, sculptor and architect. His works range from the Madonna della scala, a bas-relief painted by Michelangelo at the age of 15, to the Pietà Rondanini, an all-round sculpture he worked on until 1564, the year of his death.

Raffaello Sanzio

Raphael was born in Urbino and had as teacher the “Perugino”. Later he studied the works of
Michelangelo and Leonardo, but arriving at a decidedly personal style. In fact, the scenes painted by Raphael seem to be alive and real. At the age of 25 he was commissioned to paint the frescoes
in the papal rooms.

If Florence is the “Cradle of the Renaissance” it must not be forgotten, however, that even Mugello has hosted and seen at work great Renaissance artists such as Filippo Lippi, Andrea del Sarto, Bronzino and the great Beato Angelico (who was born in Mugello).

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