Renaissance in Italy
The Italian Renaissance period was a cultural awakening in the art world and it produced some of the most historic sculptures in the history of the world. The works of art listed below are some of the most popular Italian Renaissance sculptures which are showcased in museums all around the world.
The world’s greatest sculptures
There are several fine examples in Florence including Michelangelo’s David. St. Peter’s in Rome has work by Bernini and Michelangelo, and the gilded bronze papal altar. Some of the greatest early Renaissance Sculpture was created by the famous artists including Donatello, Gilberti and Leonardo’s master Verrocchio.
The square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence is known as the Piazza della Signoria. This and the surrounding area have several excellent works and you can view them for free.
Here is a list of some of the most famous sculptures in Italy.
- David. This is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504 by Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet Michelangelo. It is a 4.34-meter marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in the art of roofline of the east end of Florence.
- Cristo della Minerva. The statue is also known as Christ the Redeemer which is a marble sculpture representing Christ carrying the cross. It was created by the Italian High Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarotti, finished in 1521.
- Hercules and Cacus. This is a white sculpture to the right of the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence. It was created by the Florentine artist Baccio Bandinelli.
- Madonna of Bruges. This is a marble sculpture by Michelangelo of Mary with the infant Jesus.
- Moses. It is a sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti housed in the church of San Pietro in Rome.