This edition: The High Renaissance
Part 1. Rome and Florence - The Artist as Genius
Part 2. Venice - Pleasure and Power
With Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael, the artist as genius takes center stage. Their paintings, sculpture, drawings, and architecture define the aesthetic goals of the day. Rome emerges as a center of artistic vitality for the first time since antiquity. The Venetian preoccupation with nature and light is captured in glowing works by Giorgione and Titian, while Tintoretto's "The Last Supper" captures the social turbulence of late 16th Century Italy. Palladio's noble architecture demonstrates how classical principles were absorbed and inventively used with spectacular and functional results.