New York's Radical Museum of Arts

Presents: Artists of the Renaissance

The Artists

The Renaissance era was a time full of art, inventions, and amazing architecture. But art was the highlight of the Renaissance. This exhibit is full of the most famous artists at that time and their most famous artworks, so come on down to New York's Radical Museum of Art to see the best of the best.

Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519

Leonardo was an archetypal Renaissance man. Along with being an artist he was an inventor, musician, mathematician, and more. His arguably most famous work of art is the Mona Lisa. It was completed sometime between 1505-1507. Other famous works of his are the Last Supper (completed between 1492-1498) which illustrates the moment after Christ tells his apostles that one of them will betray him and the Vitruvian Man which shows off Leonardo's interest in proportion and illustrates a shifting centre of magnitude.

Donatello 1386-1466

Donatello was a sculptor that had a reputation for creating imposing, larger-than-life figures using innovative techniques and extraordinary skills. Donatello also drew heavily from reality for inspiration in his sculptures, accurately showing suffering, joy and sorrow in his figures’ faces and body positions. His most famous statue is the Statue of David which has two versions. David is from the story of David and Goliath. Some other works of his are the Penitent Magdalene which is praised for its realism and the statue of Judith and Holofernes which was created at the end of his career and depicts Judith assassinating Assyrian general Holofernes.

Raphael 1483-1520

Raphael was a painter and architect whose art was inspired by the works of Fra Bartolommeo, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Masaccio. One of his most famous works is The School of Athens which is seen as his masterpiece and as a perfect embodiment of classical spirit of the Renaissance. Other famous works of his are the Transfiguration which depicts the Transfiguration of Jesus. He worked on this piece until his death in 1520. The Sistine Madonna showed Mary holding Baby Jesus with Saint Sixtus and Saint Barbara at her side while two cherubs rest below her.

Michelangelo 1475-1564

Unlike many artists, Michelangelo achieved fame and wealth during his lifetime. Besides art he also was involved in architecture and writing. Unlike many artists, Michelangelo achieved fame and wealth during his lifetime. His most famous work is the Statue of David which is a depiction of David from David and Goliath. His statue is more well-known than Donatello's two versions. Other works of his are the Sistine Chapel ceiling in which the center depicts nine scenes from the Book of Genesis and the Pietà, a statue of Mary holding Jesus after his crucifixion.