European Renaissance Exhibit

By the Museum of Ancient Arts

Learn about European Renaissance Artists

You will learn about individual artists that lived during the Renaissance. Artists such as Van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and so many more! You will also learn about the artists works from paintings to statues! So come on down to the Museum of Ancient Arts and have a fun learning experience!

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Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Raphael)

Raphael was born in 1483, and in 1504 he became Perugino's apprentice. He first began painting a series of the Virgin Mary. Afterwards he painted the Stanza della Segnatura, which today is in the Palace of the Vatican. Later on he painted the Stanza d'Eliodoro, which is also located in the Vatican. In 1514 he got hired by Pope Julius II as chief architect. Around this time Raphael finished his painting called Sistine Madonna.

Van Eyck

Van Eyck was born around 1395. He worked for Duke Phillip, the Good of Burgundy. In 1432 he painted the "Adoration of the Lamb", which is the alter piece for the Church of St. Bavon. Eyck also had another great master piece which is located in the National Gallery in London. This master piece is called the "Arnolfini Wedding."


Michelangelo was born in 1475, and he became an apprentice to a painter. Afterwards he studied in the sculpture gardens of the Medici family. After that Michelangelo created many beautiful works, such as the "David" and the "Pieta" statues. He also did ceiling paintings in Rome's Sistine Chapel, which included the Last Judgement.

Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci was born in Italy in the year 1452. He was a man of science which helped influence his work. He has many famous works such as the "Mona Lisa." Even today we don't know what Mona is secretly smiling about. Some more famous pieces are "Virgin of the Rocks", "The Last Supper", and "Leda and the Swan." Some people think that Da Vinci had secret codes/messages hidden in his works, they call it The Da Vinci code. If you would like to know more about this mysterious code come to the Museum of Ancient Arts and see if you can crack the code!