Famous Italian Art
By: Liz Flynn
Italy is famous for its artwork and the country has produced some of the most talented artists in the world. Seeing some of Italy’s art is a major attraction for tourists. Here are some of the most famous masterpieces ever produced by Italian artists.
The Mona Lisa is possibly the most famous painting of all time. The painting was originally titled ‘La Gioconda’ and the artist, Leonardo da Vinci, spent many years amending this painting. Although he completed the painting between 1503 and 1506, he was still making amendments in 1517. The subject of the painting is Lisa Gherardini. It is now part of an exhibition at the Louvre.
The Last Supper
Another painting by Leonardo da Vinci that is almost equally famous as the Mona Lisa is The Last Supper. The creation of this painting marked an important new era in art development as it was the beginning of the Renaissance. The subject of this painting has been used in many parodies over the years. This mural painting was completed in the 1490s.
Birth of Venus
Sandro Botticelli often used mythological creatures and symbolic items in his paintings and Birth of Venus is a fine example of this style. It is believed that this piece was painted in the 1480s and that it was commissioned by the Medici family.
Creation of Adam
The Creation of Adam is a work by Michelangelo that is an impressive five meters wide. The work is part of the ceiling at the Sistine Chapel. It was painted between 1508 and 1512.
In Italian, this painting is called La Scapigliata. It is one of Leonardo da Vinci’s works and was completed in 1508. It is one of a series of pencil sketches completed by the artist, including The Vitruvian Man.
The Vitruvian Man
Part of the same series of paintings as Female Head, The Vitruvian man is also a pencil sketch by Leonardo da Vinci. It was sketched in 1490 and in Italian it is called ‘Le preporzioni del corpo umano secondo Vitruvio. This translates as, ‘the proportions of the human body according to Vitruvius’.