Art from 1500-1600: High Renaissance in Florence and Rome

The High Renaissance in Florence and Rome sees hugely ambitious projects from Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the rebuilding of St. Peter’s in Rome, to Raphael’s frescoes in the papal palace. The High Renaissance refers to the art of the Italian Renaissance, beginning with Leonardo, whose great masterpiece the Last Supper. These lectures discuss the painting and sculpture of this period, beautiful figures who move gracefully, often in complex, multi-figure compositions conveying the sense that human beings are an echo of the perfection of God.