Mankato Memory Museum of Fine Arts

Presenting: Renaissance Paintings and Statues

Exhibit of Renaissance Paintings and Statues

The Renaissance time period had a heavy impact on the world of art across a broad spectrum of countries. Many new perspectives and elements of art were presented during this time period. Famous paintings such as Mona Lisa and The Last Supper were created during this time. Come see many of these famous paintings at the Mankato Memory Museum of Fine Arts.

The Statue of David (1408-1430)

The Statue of David was created by Italian sculptor Donatello. The statue was created two different times by Donatello. The first statue, that depicted a clothed man made of marble, was created in 1408. The second statue, that depicted a nude man made of bronze was ,created around the 1430s. Today, both statues are located in Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence, Italy. The statue remains famous due to its representation of the widely known biblical hero, David.

The Descent from the Cross (1435)

The Descent from the Cross was painted in 1435 during the Renaissance. It is also known as Deposition of Christ or Descent of Christ from the Cross. It was painted by Flemish artist, Rogier van der Weyden. The painting is currently located in Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain. The painting shows the lifeless Christ being lowered from the cross and being held in the arms of Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. Many art historians say that this painting is the most influential Netherlandish painting of Christ's crucifixion.

Mona Lisa (1503-1506)

Mona Lisa was painted by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. He painted it in his hometown, Florence, Italy in between the years of 1503 and 1506. The expression in the painting, the unique composition, and the many more artistic traits presented in the painting has impacted painting for thousands of years. The painting mainly impacted Florentine painting first, before impacting more countries. The painting is considered "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, and the most copied work of art in the world."

The Last Supper (1494-1499)

The Last Supper was also painted by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci painted The Last Supper in the form of a mural on the side of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. The painting shows The Last Supper of Jesus with his 12 disciples. His unique use of adding dimensions to the painting changed the realm of painting in future years. The Last Supper is considered one of the world's most famous paintings.

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