This Great Courses lecture series introduces the art of the Italian Renaissance-the epoch that was the genesis of the next 500 years of Western art. Smithsonian lecturer Professor William Kloss, an independent art historian, scholar, and curator, guides this artist-centered survey of hundreds of works created in Florence, Rome, and other Italian cities from 1400 to about 1520. The selected works reflect the humanism that went hand-in-hand with the rebirth of Classical culture to spark a creative revolution in the arts.
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