Focusing on the artistic innovations of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, this exhibition makes apparent why contemporaries could celebrate a rebirth or Renaissance of the art of classical antiquity. On view are selections from the Kress Collection, as well as more recent additions to the collections.
Learning from ancient reliefs and sculpture and studying ancient literary sources, artists of the Italian Renaissance discovered new themes and reinterpreted iconographic standards. The observation and interpretation of nature became a guiding principle of these artists, who studied and captured visual phenomena and began to relate the painted space to the viewer’s perception.
This gallery brings together works that suggest the various functions that the visual arts served during the Renaissance. They range from a sketch produced in the studio, to decorative paintings for furniture and festivals, to paintings for private and public devotion. They also include prints that were used to make the creations of artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian known to wider audiences.