Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Flavors of the Renaissance

Posted By on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I'm about neck-deep in my Sister Wendy's Story of Painting book right now, gettin' schooled on all things Western art I never even imagined. Including the interesting background of the Renaissance.

I mean, we all think of the usual suspects when we think Renaissance: da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, perspective, blossoming science. But there's so much more and you can see it in person this April, when the Denver Art Museum unveils Cities of Splendor: A Journey Through Renaissance Italy.

The show, which the DAM organized with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, features more than 50 paintings, textiles and decorative arts that highlight the varying innovations and styles of some of 15th- and 16th-century Italy's independent states.

Travel through Florence, Siena, Mantua, Venice, Milan, and across the Italian Alps to discover the richness of the Italian Renaissance — including the Florentine love for rational perspective and drawing, the Mantuan passion for classical antiquity, and the Venetian taste for color and tonalities.

Color and tonalities? Sign me up. For more, click here.

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