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Art in Italy

Art in Italy

There are many reasons why one would chose to travel to Italy. It is a country that features a wide variety of the kind of things travelers most seek. There are world famous historical sites around almost every corner, and breathtaking photo ops are everywhere. It is famous for its foods and its wines are also among the world’s best. Yet of all of the reasons that might make Italy a prime vacation or travel site none is quite equal to the lure of Italy’s art.

Although the ancient period produced much in the way of art, it was in the Renaissance, that period of rebirth when Europe moved from the dark ages to enlightenment, that Italian art flourished. It was the time of Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci. Italian artists produced some of the most famous and best known art of all time, and the majority of it is still there, in the galleries and museums and the Cathedrals.

Italy is a very religious country even today, and it is not surprising that religious themes were at the center of Renaissance art. Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, as well as sculpting his famous Pieta, and DaVinci painted the Last Supper that has had a rebirth of popularity in modern fiction. Another Italian artist of the time was famous for his Madonnas, and Michelangelo and Donatelli produced famous impressions of David. All of these great works can still be seen in Italy.

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While it is true that much of the great art produced in Italy has found its way to the galleries and museums of the World as well as into private collections, there is enough left to keep the visitor with an interest in art happy for a long time. Perhaps the ideal place to visit to maximize your exposure to Italian art would be the Vatican Museum. The Vatican is an independent country located in the heart of Rome. It is the headquarters of the Catholic Church and the home of the Pope as well as home to one of the world’s greatest Art collections.

Inside the Sistine Chapel one finds The Last Judgment painted by Michelangelo, painted on the ceiling as he lay upside down on his back. It is one of the greatest works of art ever produced. The museum collection includes many more works of Renaissance art as well as art from all over the world, and all time periods.

Although the Vatican is a good central source to view art from this remarkable period, it is only one option in a country that has invented “la dolce vita” (the good life) and considers art as one of necessities of life. Every major Italian city offers galleries and boasts their own collections of artistic masterpieces. It is almost as hard to imagine a trip to Italy that does not include a healthy education in Art History as it is to imagine a trip that does not include eating, drinking, or even breathing.

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