Happy 543rd Birthday, Nicolaus Copernicus

The Renaissance scientist set the stage for modern astronomy

Giovanni Stanchi (Rome c. 1645-1672). Oil on canvas, 38 5/8 x 52½ in.

This Renaissance Painting of Fruit Holds a Modern-Day Science Lesson

Hint: it's in the watermelon

Researchers exhumed the mummy of Cangrande della Scala in 2004 to perform a modern autopsy on the famous Italian autocrat.

Poison Hath Been This Italian Mummy's Untimely End

A lethal helping of foxglove seems to have triggered the downfall of a warlord of Verona

Galileo Demonstrating Telescope

Was Shakespeare Aware of the Scientific Discoveries of His Time?

For his new book, Dan Falk followed a group of scholars who argue, unlike most, that the playwright was up to speed with the latest astronomy

The suspect cockatoo is on the left, perched just above the Virgin's head.

Why Is There a Cockatoo in This Italian Renaissance Painting?

The bird's presence in the painting lends insight into trade between Europe and Australia in the 15th century

The new reflected near-infrared technology (far right) revealed unseen details in frescoes from the Chapel of Theodelinda, near Milan.

New Technology Reveals Invisible Details in Renaissance Art

A team of Italian scientists has uses infrared light to detect artistic flourishes that are invisible to the naked eye

A keen observer as well as celebrated wit, Arcimboldo created composite portraits that were both enjoyed as jokes and taken very seriously.

Arcimboldo's Feast for the Eyes

Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted witty, even surreal portraits composed of fruits, vegetables, fish and trees


The Gates of Paradise

Panels from the Italian Renaissance sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti tour the U.S. for the first time

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