High Renaissance

"Art is never finished, only abandoned." - Leonardo da Vinci

Reminder! Exam 1 must be submitted by 11:59 PM tonight!
Masaccio, Tribute Money, c. 1427.











Andrea Montegna,
frescoes in the Camera Picta, 1465 - 1474.
Andrea Mantengna, detail of the
ceiling of the Camera degli Sposi, 1465 - 1474.


Camera degli Sposi = Room of the Newlyweds
first completely illusionistic decoration of an entire room
first "di sotto in su" fresco (from below upwards)










Andrea Mantegna, Dead Christ, c. 1501. Tempera on canvas.











Albrecht Dürer, Artist and model with perspective grid, from Instruction in Measurement
with Compass and Ruler, in Lines, Planes, and Whole Bodies
, 1525.











High Renaissance
1495 - 1520
  • Concept of the "Renaissance ideal" fully adopted by the aristocracy
  • Artists recognized as intellectuals rather than craftsmen
  • Artists receive more commissions from private sources
  • Oil on canvas becomes preferred painting media
Leonardo da Vinci, study for Virgin and Child with
St. Anne and John the Baptist, 1499 - 1500.











Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper, 1495 - 1498.