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Biographies of famous Italian artists, actors and directors.

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Biography and art works of Masaccio

Tommaso di Giovanni di Simone, known as Masaccio, was not only the greatest Florentine painter of the early fifteenth century, but remains one of the most important figures in the history of Western art. In only a few brief years, he created the early Renaissance style of painting. Masaccio was...
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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...
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...
tiepolo

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...
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Biography and art works of Beato Fra Angelico

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

Marcello Mastroianni was an Italian actor made famous by the movies of Fellini such as La Dolce Vita and 8½. Mastroianni had a long acting career in Italy.
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Biography and art works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

All three of the Rossetti siblings would have important effects on late-nineteenth-century English culture: Christina became a well-regarded poet, and William Michael became an influential critic. Dante Gabriel  spent the earliest part of his career torn between painting and writing, but entered the prestigious Saas Drawing Academy in 1841 and...
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.
donatello-david

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...
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...
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...
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Biography and art works of Canaletto

Giovanni Antonio Canale, known as Canaletto, was born in 1697 in Venice where his father was a painter of theatrical scenery. The young Canaletto studied first in his father's workshop then probably under the Dutch painter van Wittel. He next went to Rome, where he learned perspective from Panini,...
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 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...
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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...
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...
Amedeo Modigliani: Portrait of Mme Zborowska

Biography and art works of Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani was born in Italy in the Livorno ghetto in 1884. His father, a ruined banker, died young and his mother, a descendant of the Dutch philosopher, Spinoza, encouraged her delicate son in his aptitude for art, sending him to study in Florence and Venice and to visit...
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...

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