The various subsections of the Renaissance gave us some of the most influential and technically proficient artists who took on a wealth of challenges as they looked to progress their own skills as far as they could.
Italian art is widely regarded as having start a movement which was to spread across countries and also disciplines, taking in the likes of France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands as it swept into architecture, design, literature, invention and pretty much anything else such a culture can offer.
There is never any question as to who were the masters of this era and they remain as Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo who produced some of the most iconic art in history.
The Italian pairings that they came up with included the Mona Lisa and there was also the David sculpture. Furthermore were ingenious inventions, some of which were later to become reality several centuries later.
Some of the best known Renaissance artists included Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Donatello, Jean Fouquet, Francois Clouet, Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Durer, Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch.
Some of those mentioned here were Dutch artists and several of these are believed to have travelled over to Italy in order to learn more from those who were really pushing new ideas at that time and they would use this information to add further qualities to their own work.
The Italians strengthened their country's position by created schools of art where the skills of major artists could be passed onto the most talented young Italian students who would continue their great work for the next generation and this would continue onwards for several centuries.
There is much to see just from the main Renaissance artists and also far more beyond that and it is pleasing to see that their legacy is still understood and respected, despite all the centuries which have passed by since the Renaissance has not meant that it's artists have become forgotten in any way.
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