Renaissance Artists

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The St. Peter Museum of Renaissance History brings you the finest artwork from the Renaissance time period. Our museum also brings you information about the wonderful artists who made these artworks displayed. We give tours daily and answer all of your questions you may have.

Museum Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Saturday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday: 10:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

3587 North Street

St. Peter, Minnesota 56082



Michelangelo was a painter, sculptor, and an architect. Michelangelo was born on March 6th, 1475 in Caprese, Italy and died on February 18th, 1564 in Rome, Italy. His full name is Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. His father worked for the Florentine government and his mother died when he was 6. Shortly after Michelangelo's birth, his family returned to Florence, the city he considers his true home. At 13, he was apprenticed by painter, Domenico Ghirlandaio. Some of Michelangelo's artwork includes; a Pieta, sculpture of David, and the Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings.


Cardinal Jean Bilheres de Lagraulas wanted to create a statue displaying a draped Virgin Mary with her dead son laying in her arms, a Pieta, to grace his own future tomb. This statue was 69 inches tall.


In 1501, Michelangelo was to construct a sculpture from marble, a huge male figure to enhance the city's famous Duomo. He decided to carve David from the Old Testament. The sculpture was 17 feet tall. Today, it remains in Florence at the Galleria dell'Accademia.

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Sistine Chapel ceiling that Michelangelo painted.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was not only an artist, but also an inventor, a mathematician, a musician, and a writer. He was born on April 15th, 1452 in Vinci, Italy and died on May 2nd, 1519 in Amboise, France. His father sent him to an apprentice, painter/sculptor, Andrea del Verrocchio, at the age of 14. da Vinci stayed with Verrocchio until he became a master in 1478. Leonardo da Vinci was the first person to explain why the sky is blue. He also designed an armored car, a scythed chariot, a pile driver, a revolving crane, a lagoon dredge, and a flying ship. Some of his artwork includes; The Last Supper, Mona Lisa, Virgin of the Rocks, and Leda and the Swan.

Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa in the most well-known painting of da Vinci. It was painted in Florence between 1503-1506. The painting is thought to be of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. There is a theory that the reason she is smiling in the painting is because she is secretly pregnant. The Mona Lisa hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France today.

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The Last Supper (pictured above)

Leonardo Da Vinci started working on The Last Supper in 1495 and finished it in 1498. The Last Supper is Da Vinci's visual perspective of events in all four of the Gospels. (New Testament) The night before Christ was sacrificed on the cross, he gathered his disciples to eat. He told them he knew what was coming, so he instructed the disciples on how to eat and drink for the future, in remembrance of Christ. The disciples are displaying human emotions. Every disciple is looking at Christ, who is at the center of the table.