The art and artists of Italy

An introduction to Italian art

italian art
The Italian art developed in the Italian peninsula since prehistoric times. During the Roman Empire, Italy was the center of an artistic culture that for the first time created a universal language for the homogeneous world of Europe and the Mediterranean. In some periods of Italy was the country's most artistically advanced in Europe.
During prehistoric times some cultures flourished in Italy, among which the Valcamonica, the Villanova, that of the Piceno and that of the Samnites.
The Magna Graecia and Sicily was one of the most culturally active greek world. Among the most important evidence has come down to us are the temples of Agrigento, Selinunte and Paestum.
The Etruscan art, which counts among its masterpieces works in bronze, terracotta, Buccheri and fresco paintings, was the most important cultural expression of pre-Roman Italy. Noteworthy were the contacts with the Magna Greece and the cultural contribution to the nascent Roman art.
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Recommended Italian art book: The Art of the Italian Renaissance: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

The Art of the Italian Renaissance
The Italian Renaissance is among the most glamorous epochs of European art. Art historians as well as a wide public are fascinated by three centuries of exceptionally prolific artistic creation that produced works of international fame such as Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel. The cityscapes of the great centers of that time would be vastly different without their Renaissance architecture--cities like Florence, Rome, and Venice are veritable museums of an epoch whose art remains vital and influential even today.
Impressive illustrations of works from every branch of the fine arts feature prominently in this book, which not only competently explains various aspects of Renaissance art, but also invites readers to observe them closely with its fabulous pictures.