Italian Renaissance Art and the Human Figure

By Marek Hrozany  

So why was art important?

  1. New techniques in art such as lighting, perspective and emotion.
  2. For religion, churches needed to be beautifully decorated.
  3. Commissioned artists helped the cities economies and provided families with decorative artwork 
  4. Realistic depictions in the human figure and face. 

The Italian Renaissance and painting 

  • Philosophy
  • Science and technology
  • Society 
  • Churches/Cities 
  • Battles and people 

Early Renaissance

  • Development of linear perspective
  • Understanding of light
  • The Madonna (The Blessed Virgin Mary)
High Renaissance
  • Patronage and Humanism
  • Flemish influence (using oil paint)
  • Papal commission

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

  • Born in Caprese on 6 March 1475
  • Died in Rome on 18 February 1564
  • Studied sculpting, painting, anatomy, and architecture and ultimately became the greatest at all of them
  • Sculpted the statue of David in Florence in 1504 which made him the most famous artist in Italy

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

  • Born on 15 April 1452 in Vinci, Republic of Florence
  • Died on 2 May 1519 (aged 67) Amboise, Kingdom of France
  • Studied invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, poetry, and cartography
  • Leonardo was best known for his painting of The Mona Lisa

The art of the Human Figure 

  1. Showed various body movements and actions
  2. Figures showed their emotions 
  3. Realistic representations of the body and facial expressions
  4. Became very useful in medicine 

Human Anatomy drawings included
  • the human skeleton and its parts
  • muscles and sinews
  • mechanical functions of the skeleton and muscular forces
  • heart and vascular system
  • sex organs and other internal organs
  • the first scientific drawings of a fetus in utero by Leonardo

Artists of the Renaissance 

A few other well known artists from this era.

  1. Raphael (1452-1519)
  2. Titian or Tiziano (-1576)
  3. Donatello (1386-1466)
  4. Caravaggio (1571-1610)
  5. Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1557)
  6. Giotto (1266–1337)


Art had major influences on

  • society
  • medicine
  • science
  • religion
  • cities

Overall art was one of the biggest contributes to the renaissance. From inventions to medicine, art wasn't just paintings. It brought new techniques and new ideas to the world which completely shaped how we live today.   

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