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The italy renaissence of art
8 Nov 2017
1259 - Nicola Pisano completes a pulpit for Pisa, borrowing details from Roman sarcophagi - an early example of a new interest in the classical past
1305 - Enrico degli Scrovegni employs Giotto to paint the cycle of frescoes in his chapel in Padua.
1308 - The cathedral authorities in Siena commission from Duccio the great altarpiece which becomes known as the Maestà
1411 - The linen drapers of Florence commission a statue of St Mark from Donatello, who carves for Orsanmichele the first free-standing Renaissance sculpture
1443 - The Dominican convent of San Marco, in Florence, is provided with a serenely beautiful series of frescoes by Fra Angelico and his assistants
1469 - Piero della Francesca paints masterpieces in his small home town of San Sepolcro
1458 - Paolo Uccello is interested in the laws of perspective, in works such as The Battle of San Romano
1464 - The Sicilian artist Antonello da Messina adopts the Flemish technique of painting in oils
Leonardo da Vinci joins the painters' guild in Florence, probably after training with Verrocchio
1488 - Leonardo da Vinci started making detailed anatomical drawings, based on corpses dissected in Rome.
1499 - 24-year-old Michelangel provides for St Peter's in Rome an exquisite Pietà – the Virgin holding on her lap the dead Christ.
Michelangelo begins work in Florence on a tall thin slab of marble, which he transforms into David
Raphael is summoned to Rome by Julius II and is given a major commission for frescoes
1575 - Soft-paste porcelain, in imitation of true porcelain from China, is successfully created for the Medici in Florence
Mannerism develops in Italy in the work of the painters Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino
Dafne is performed in Florence, becoming the first of a new art form - opera
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