The Minnesota Museum Fine Arts

Presenting: Renaissance Artists

Renaissance Artists

The Renaissance was a time of rebirth for Europe. It emerged from the dark age of as a bright and prosperous era. The Minnesota museum of fine art is proud to announce its new exhibit featuring Renaissance artists and their astounding work. We invite you take a journey into the lives of true Renaissance men, you might just be surprised at what you find out! If you have any questions feel free to contact us at any of the following:

Minnesota Museum of fine arts (located in Minneapolis)


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Michelangelo was a true renaissance man skilled in architecture, painting, sculpting, poetry, and engineering. Michelangelo was born in the beginning of the renaissance in Caprese Italy. Michelangelo spent much of his adolescents as apprentice and eventually moved into the palace of Florentine to study classical sculptures. Later in his life Michelangelo crafted sculptures such as the "David" and the "Pieta" . His most famous work of art is arguably the Sistine chapel painting which depicts important sections of the Bible, such as the nine books of Genesis. It stands as a symbol of the renaissance, with Michelangelo's use of a fresco style.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci Italy. At the age of fourteen Leonardo started an apprenticeship which he continued for six years until becoming a qualified master artist. Leonardo was talented in many fields of work, and believed that there was no divide between science and art. He had over 13,000 drawings and notes of inventions and new ideas. Da Vinci is more famously known for his paintings such as "Mona Lisa" and the "Last Supper" which depicts Jesus's last supper before crucifixion. Leonardo's advancements in science and art are what make him a key player in the Renaissance.


Raphael was born on April 6, 1483, in Urbino Italy. Raphael's father was sucessful painter, Giovanni Santi, who taught Raphael painting techniques at a young age. At the young age of 11 Raphael's father died, and Raphael took the challenging task of managing his workshop. Raphael was soon considered to be one of the best painters in town and was offered an apprenticeship. In 1504 Raphael left his internship and moved to Pergunio where he painted a series of "Madonnas " and his most famous work the "Entombment". Later in his life Raphael painted a series fresco cycles in the Vatican. Raphael died at the age of 37, but left a legacy of Renaissance classicism through his works of art.


Donatello was born in 1386 in Florence, Italy. He recieved an education from the Medici's, a wealthy and influential family who gave Donatello his first artistic training. In 1403 he started an apprenticeship and a few years later crafted bronze doors for the Florence Cathedral. Donatello began to develop his own style, creating dramatic and emotion figures out of marble. His most famous sculptures were his sculpting of "David" and "Gatattamelata". His classic art style helped to influence architecture and sculpting in later centuries.