Renaissance

The pair immediately knew their find was something special, as wood rarely survives in saltwater unless it is buried by sediment.

Divers Find 16th-Century Shipwreck Off Coast of Northern Italy

The vessel may be the "Santo Spirito & Santa Maria di Loreto," which sank in the vicinity in 1579

This month's selections include The Beauty and the Terror, Feasting Wild and Splash.

The Dangers of Space, Military Rivals and Other New Books to Read

These five recent releases may have been lost in the news cycle

Filippo Brunelleschi designed Florence Cathedral's famed red-brick dome.

How Renaissance Architects Designed Italy's Imposing Domes

A new study offers key insights into how engineers built the rounded structures without using supports

In early March, a blockbuster exhibition marking 500 years since Raphael's death shuttered just three days after opening. In June, visitors returned—with restrictions.

Italy's Museums Reopen With Vibrating Social-Distancing Necklaces, Limited Admission

A guard will "chaperone" groups of six through the Scuderie del Quirinale's blockbuster Raphael exhibition

The author's cat, Theodosia, envisioned in the style of Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night (left) and Jacob van Hulsdonck's Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Pomegranate (right)

Transform Your Selfies, Pet Portraits Into Famous Artworks

A new tool from Google Arts & Culture allows users to apply artists' signature styles to their own photographs

The Vatican Museums (pictured here), the Anne Frank House and the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City are among the many cultural institutions with online offerings.

Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit

Museums are closing their doors amid the coronavirus crisis, but many offer digital exhibitions visitors can browse from the comfort of home

Tourists wait to see Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

More Than One Million People Saw the Louvre's Blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition

The record-breaking show attracted almost double the number of visitors as the Paris museum's 2018 Delacroix retrospective

The tapestries depict scenes from the lives of St. Paul and St. Peter.

For One Week Only, Raphael's Tapestries Return to the Sistine Chapel

This is the first time all 12 of the Renaissance creations have been united in their original home since the 16th century

Layers of dirt accumulated over the centuries, hiding the painting under what is now the church's gift shop.

Artwork Discovered in Vienna Cathedral's Gift Shop May Be the Work of German Renaissance Master Albrecht Dürer

The find is particularly intriguing because it represents the first evidence that Dürer visited the Austrian city

This illustration of Venice accompanied a manuscript of one friar's journey from Venice to Egypt and Jerusalem.

14th-Century Illustration of Venice Is the Oldest Found Yet

The drawing accompanied one friar's first-person account of a trip from Venice to Jerusalem and Egypt

"Raphael in Berlin" at the Gemäldegalerie

Raphael's Madonnas Come Together in Berlin Exhibition

Seven artworks on display at the Gemäldegalerie museum highlight the unique sensibilities Raphael brought to an iconic devotional scene

The cubs are a male named Paitoon and a female named Jilian. They were born April 29 and March 24, respectively, at the Nashville Zoo.

The Smithsonian's Ten Splashiest New Acquisitions of 2019

This year marks the arrival of a brilliant diamond, a hybrid space rocket, exciting paintings and two darling clouded leopard cubs

William Shakespeare (left) and John Fletcher (right) both contributed to Henry VIII, a new study suggests.

Artificial Intelligence Reveals Second Playwright’s Contributions to Shakespeare’s 'Henry VIII'

Scholars have long suspected the play, written in 1613, was a collaborative effort. Now, an algorithm has mapped out who wrote what

Michelangelo was dissatisfied with his work and actually attempted to destroy the sculpture.

Visitors Can Watch the Restoration of Michelangelo's 'Bandini Pietà'

The artist once took a sledgehammer to the sculpture, which is now housed at a museum in Florence

The centuries-old painting—now identified as a genuine Botticelli—has finally emerged from storage.

An Unidentified Botticelli Painting Spent Decades Hidden in Welsh Museum's Storeroom

The newly attributed masterpiece was previously believed to be a crude copy of the artist's work

Sandro Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" finds its subject striking a contrapposto pose

Why Viewers Are Drawn to Renaissance Artists' Go-To Pose

A new study finds that the contrapposto stance reduces the waist-to-hip ratio, an attribute popularly associated with attractiveness

The painting, expected to sell for upwards of $6 million, will be auctioned October 27

Lost Renaissance Masterpiece Found Hanging Above Woman’s Hot Plate Sells for $26.8 Million

Experts say the panel painting was created by Florentine artist Cimabue around 1280

Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" will make an appearance in the Louvre's upcoming blockbuster exhibition

Leonardo’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ Is Headed to the Louvre Despite Italian Scholars’ Protests

Some researchers say the roughly 530-year-old drawing is too fragile, light-sensitive to travel

For the first time in some 450 years, Nelli’s "Last Supper" is finally on public view

Renaissance Nun's 'Last Supper' Painting Makes Public Debut After 450 Years in Hiding

The 21-foot canvas, created by self-taught artist and nun Plautilla Nelli, is now on view in Florence

Karly Bast with her scale model of Leonardo da Vinci's bridge design

Scientists Prove Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-Year-Old Bridge Design Actually Works

A model created at MIT shows the bridge, which would have been 10 times longer than typical ones, could have spanned the Golden Horn

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