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Biography of Ugo Tognazzi

Movies with Ugo Tognazzi Because of his father's profession, inspector of an insurance company, Ugo Tognazzi spent his childhood in various cities to return later in 1936 in his native Cremona, fourteen years old, and found work as a laborer at Negroni, Cremona famous factory producing sausages and in his...
Orazio Gentileschi

Biography of Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi

Orazio Gentileschi and his daughter Artemisia were from the city of Pisa. Artemisia was a pioneer as a female painter of her time.

Biography and art works of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Gianbattista Tiepolo, as a youth, was apprenticed to Gregorio Lazzarini, a mediocre but fashionable painter known for his elaborately theatrical, rather grandiose compositions. Tiepolo soon evolved a more spirited style of his own. By the time he was 20, he had exhibited his work independently, and won plaudits, at an...

Famous Italian artists

Michelangelo Buonarroti Born in Caprese, near Florence, in 1475, this magnificent artist and sculptor transformed blocks of marble into figures full of life. His immortal works include the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museum, the Pietà and The Last Judgment. Read the biography. Donatello Considered the founder of modern sculpture, Donato de...
alberto giacometti

Biography of Alberto Giacometti

(1901 - 1966) Alberto Giacometti, the Surrealist sculptor known for his nervous, elongated forms, was born in Stampa, Switzerland. Giacometti started drawing at the age of nine, painting at twelve and created his first sculpture at fourteen. His father was a well-known Impressionist painter and Giacometti's first teacher. In 1919, Giacometti...
Tintoretto - Paradise

Biography and art works of Tintoretto

Jacopo (Robusti) Tintoretto, born in 1518, was one of the greatest painters of the Venetian school and probably the last great painter of the Italian Renaissance. In his youth he was also called Jacopo Robusti, as his father had defended the gates of Padua in a rather robust way...

Biography and art works of Beato Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico, a Dominican friar, was perhaps the most important painter of Renaissance Florence.

Biography and art works of Giorgio Giorgione

Giorgio Giorgione was born Giorgio Barbarelli in Castelfranco in 1477. Very little is known about this master who died of the plague at the age of 34, but who changed the entire course of sixteenth-century Venetian painting. Only sixteen of his works have been definitely identified. This can perhaps be...
paolo uccello - san romano battle

Biography and art works of Paolo Uccello

Paolo Uccello (born Paolo di Dono in 1397) was a Florentine painter who was notable for his pioneering work on visual perspective in art. His nickname Uccello came from his fondness for painting birds. With his precise, analytical mind he tried to apply a scientific method to depict objects...
Umberto Boccioni - Elastic

Biography and art works of Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni, Futurist theoretician, painter, and sculptor, was born in 1882 in Reggio Calabria and was a graduate of the Technical Institute of Catania when he began to study art in Rome. His earliest work was romantic and strongly influenced by the floral arabesques of Art Nouveau. In 1901, Boccioni...
Gitto - The Lamentation

Biography and art works of Giotto di Bondone

Giotto di Bondone, the father of modern painting and one of the greatest figures in the history of Western art, was born in a small hamlet in the valley of the Mugello, twenty miles north of Florence in 1267. We know very little about him and his exact birthplace...
roberto benigni

Biography of Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni is an Academy Award-winning Italian film and television actor, writer and director. He won an Oscar for Life is Beautiful (La Vita e' bella)

Biography and art works of Donatello

Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (c. 1386 – December 13, 1466), better known as Donatello, was an early Renaissance sculptor from Florence. He studied classical sculpture, and used this to develop a fully Renaissance style in sculpture, whose periods in Rome, Padua and Siena introduced to other parts...
birth of venus

Biography and art works of Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli was born in Florence in 1445. The most humanistic of the Renaissance painters, he was at first apprenticed to a goldsmith. He became, in 1465, a pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi's, and remained with him for about two years. It is believed that he later worked with...
Fra Filippo Lippi - Madonna with_the Child and Scenes from the Life of St Anne (detail)

Biography and art works of Fra Filippo Lippi

Fra Filippo Lippi work was widely respected in his time, and he is known today as an innovative and accomplished painter of the Florentine Renaissance. Lippi was born in 1406 and was raised in a Carmelite friary and took vows as a friar in 1421. He soon had a...
vittorio de sica with sophia loren

Biography of Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica was one of the world's most influential filmmakers, and as an actor he starred in 150 movies, built a career that spanned half a century.
bronzino - allegory with venus an pupil

Biography and art works of Il Bronzino

Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano, called Il Bronzino, was born in 1503 in Monticello, outside Florence. He was first a student of, and then assistant to, Jacopo Pontormo, one of the founders of Florentine Mannerism. Pontormo, after studies with Andrea del Sarto, was influenced by Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Durer, and...
bernardino luini

Biography and art works of Bernardino Luini

(1475 - 1532) Bernardino Luini was a North Italian painter from Leonardo's circle, a conservative painter who took "as much from Leonardo as his native roots enabled him to comprehend". Consequently many of his works were attributed to Leonardo. Both Luini and Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio were said to have...

Biography of Federico Fellini

A unique combination of memory, dreams, fantasy, and desire, Fellini's films are deeply personal visions of society, often portraying people at their most bizarre. The term "felliniesque" is used to describe any scene in which a hallucinatory image invades an otherwise ordinary situation. Movies by Federico Fellini His father Urbano (1894-1956)...
last judgement by Michelangelo

Biography and art works of Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelagniolo di Lodovico di Lionardo di Buonarroti Simone was born in Caprese in Tuscany in 1475. The son of a civil servant, he attended Latin School and then studied painting in the workshop of the Ghirlandaio brothers and sculpture with Bertoldo, a formal pupil of Donatello. Michelangelo's early training...

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