Just weeks after the Florida school debacle, an Italian restaurant in Scotland had to edit out the marble statue’s crotch.
Is a Michelangelo Self-Portrait Hidden In His Famous Fresco?
In a new theory, scholar Adriano Marinazzo posits that Michelangelo painted himself as God in his famous Sistine Chapel fresco “The Creation of Adam.”
Why Are Giorgione’s Paintings So Mysterious, Even Centuries Later?
We know precious little about the painter’s life, and we know even less about his work’s meaning. A new book argues that the artist wanted it that way.
Raphael’s Tapestries Unite at Sistine Chapel for the First Time Since the Renaissance
The tapestries — made out of silk, wool, and gold and silver thread — have been restored over the past decade by conservationists at the Vatican Museum.
Living in a Renaissance Palace, an Art Historian Uncovers an Amazing Past
When an unexpected opportunity arose to spend her year living in the famed Palazzo Rucellai, Allison Levy seized on it.
Gucci Runway Show Borrowed Beasts and Beheadings from Renaissance Art
Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director, is obsessed with Renaissance art.
Measuring the Worth of Renaissance Art in Cows
Relative Values: The Cost of Art in the Northern Renaissance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art uses the cost of a cow to consider the worth of 16th-century objects.
Luxurious, Terrifying Visions of Death in Renaissance Memento Mori
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is exhibiting memento mori objects from Renaissance Europe, often grotesquely designed to startle viewers into recognizing mortality.
Sin Like It’s the 16th Century in a Game that Remixes Renaissance Art
Forgive me, for I have sinned. I peeped at a lady’s ankle through an open window and carved an idol in my own image.
Discovering the Secrets of Venetian Glass
The finest glassware of the Renaissance was made by artisans on the Murano island in Venice, and their techniques were intensely guarded.
The Evolution of the Watermelon, Captured in Still Lifes
The watermelons of our summers are not the watermelons of yesteryear, as demonstrated by a 17th-century painting by Italian artist Giovanni Stanchi.
The Meaning of the Ring, from Memento Mori to Marriage
Rings are one of the most personal and oldest human adornments, evolving in complexity with metalwork techniques and the gemstone trade.