Sandro Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus", 1486, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Most paintings of women during the middle Ages symbolize the Virgin Mary, showing her in a demure appearance with an angelic smile and covered head. So Botticelli's depiction of a beautiful goddess, not only an obvious symbol of pagan mythology but also painted as a nude was groundbreaking.

Sandro Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus", 1486, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Most paintings of women during the middle Ages symbolize the Virgin Mary, showing her in a demure appearance with an angelic smile and covered head. So Botticelli's depiction of a beautiful goddess, not only an obvious symbol of pagan mythology but also painted as a nude was groundbreaking.

Love love love this sculpture. Eros & Psyche by Antonio Canova displayed in the Louvre.

Love love love this sculpture. Eros & Psyche by Antonio Canova displayed in the Louvre.

Leonardo DaVinci - Gracing the wall of the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent in Milan since 1498, Leonardo da Vinci's mural of the Last Supper invites viewers to contemplate how the Twelve Apostles felt in the moment after Christ predicted that one of them would prove a traitor.

Leonardo DaVinci - Gracing the wall of the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent in Milan since 1498, Leonardo da Vinci's mural of the Last Supper invites viewers to contemplate how the Twelve Apostles felt in the moment after Christ predicted that one of them would prove a traitor.

Giotto, Scorvegni Chapel, 1305-06

Giotto, Scorvegni Chapel, 1305-06

Leonardo da Vinci - Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) - ...

Leonardo da Vinci - Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) - ...

David - Michelangelo...everyone should see him in person

David - Michelangelo...everyone should see him in person

Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, 1508-1512  Painted by one of the best commercial artists of all time.

Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, 1508-1512 Painted by one of the best commercial artists of all time.

Breathtaking...The Pietà (1498–1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.  It is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed (See History after completion). This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion.  Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents...

Breathtaking...The Pietà (1498–1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. It is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed (See History after completion). This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents...

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