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The Cathedral of Santa Maria del FioreSanta Maria del Fiore, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, is the third-largest church in the world (after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London) and was the largest church in Europe when

the birth of venus - Sandro Botticelli, 1484There exists no documentation on the origins or first owner of the Birth of Venus, which like Pallas and the Centaur was painted on canvas, highly unusual support at the time.By the mid-16th

The Story Behind Raphael's Masterpiece 'The School of Athens'It is hard to imagine that the Italian Renaissance, an age of new ideas and enlightenment, took most of its inspiration from the world of Greek and Roman antiquity. Searching for a return

Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy - a renaissance masterpiece of literature that left a legacY It is hard to quantify just how much of an impact Dante’s The Divine Comedy had on Renaissance Italy and beyond. Touted as one of the greatest poets

Michelangelo's David of Florence - The Iconic Statue That Will Take Your Breath Away One of the most recognizable works of art in the entire world, Michelangelo’s David Statue is as emblematic of Florence and the Italian Renaissance as it is

Details and facts about emblematic renaissance paintings - deep dive into Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of VenusA massive painting that is often noted for its unabashed display of beauty and grandeur, the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli tells us as

Everything You Need to Know About Ferragosto - A Celebration in the Whole of ItalyItaly is the land of festivals and traditions, few of which are as old and embedded in Italian culture as the August 15th celebration known as

The Humors (Comedy) and Their Meaning Applied to Venetian Carnival MasksThe Venetian masks often associated with the Carnival of Venice in Venice, Italy, have a longer cultural history than many people know. Derived from the “art of comedy” or Commedia

An Overview of the Types of Venetian Carnival MasksThe Carnival of Venice is one of Europe’s oldest and most well-known traditions.Venetian masks, associated with the carnival and the city alike, are iconic representations of this event that now draws tourists