The Italian Renaissance transformed Western art and set its course for the ensuing 500 years. Artists working in Florence, Rome, and other central Italian cities dominated the early Italian Renaissance throughout the 15th century and the early decades of the 16th. A half-century later, northern Italian cities, led by Venice, cultivated their own Renaissance masters who further influenced Western art for centuries. In this Great Courses lecture series Smithsonian lecturer Professor William Kloss, an independent art historian, scholar, and curator, guides an artist-centered survey of Renaissance artwork created in Venice and other northern Italian cities by such masters as Mantegna, Carpacio, Gentile Bellini, Giovanni Bellini, Messina, Georgione, and Titian.
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