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This guide is created by Melissa Man Pui Shan and maintained by Phoebe Lim Choon Lan.

The Renaissance (renaissance is rebirth in French) was a period in European history spanning the 14th to the 16th century during which there was a growing awareness of nature and a revival in classical learning. During this period, a different way of understanding God and nature was established, and art was at the forefront of expressing this new understanding. You can find books and articles for an overview of Renaissance art here (via OneSearch).

This guide suggests resources to start discovering Renaissance art. Many of these titles and resources are recommended by Associate Professor Andrea Nanetti.

Suggested overview and survey titles

These books give a good overview and introduction to Renaissance art.

History of Italian Renaissance art : painting, sculpture, architecture
Hartt, Frederick.
Prentice Hall,c2011.
N6915.H335 2011
Renaissance art : a very short introduction
Johnson, Geraldine A.
Oxford University Press,2005.
Renaissance art
Charles, Victoria.
Parkstone Press,c2007.
The fifteenth century Italian paintings
National Gallery (Great Britain)
National Gallery Co. ;2003-
The 100 most influential painters & sculptors of the Renaissance
Kuiper, Kathleen.
Britannica Educational Pub. in association with Rosen Educational Services,2010.


Influential artists

These are some of the most influential artists from the Renaissance. These titles introduce you to the artists and their works; however, many more titles can be found using OneSearch on the library homepage.


Suggested resource

Filippo Brunelleschi Brunelleschi’s dome : how a Renaissance genius reinvented architectureFilippo Brunelleschi : the buildings
Filippo Lippi Fra Filippo Lippi the Carmelite painterFra Filippo Lippi : life and work with a complete catalogueFra Filippo Lippi : life and work
Fra Angelico Fra AngelicoFra AngelicoHow Fra Angelico and Signorelli saw the end of the world
Lorenzo Ghiberti The Gates of paradise : Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Renaissance masterpiece
Masaccio Landmarks of western art. The late medieval world [videorecording] : a journey of art history across the agesThe panel paintings of Masolino and Masaccio : the role of techniqueThe Cambridge companion to MasaccioMasaccio’s TrinityMasaccio and Masolino : a complete catalogue

The life of Masaccio. = La vita di Masaccio [electronic resource]

Masolino da Panicale The panel paintings of Masolino and Masaccio : the role of techniqueThe life of Masaccio. = La vita di Masaccio [electronic resource]
Paolo Uccello Paolo Uccello
Piero della Francesca Piero Della Francesca : personal encountersPiero’s light : in search of Piero della Francesca : a Renaissance painter and the revolution in art, science, and religionPiero della Francesca : artist & manPiero Della Francesca : the Montefeltro altarpieceA childhood memory by Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca : the Legend of the true Cross in the Church of San Francesco in Arezzo

The enigma of Piero : Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca and his legacy

Piero della Francesca

Sassetta Sassetta : the Borgo San Sepolcro altarpiece
Jan van Eyck Perspectives on the painting technique of Jan van Eyck : beyond the Ghent altarpieceVan Eyck : the Arnolfini portraitVan Eyck in detailJan van Eyck : the play of realismVan Eyck : the complete works

Van Eyck [videorecording]

Antonello da Messina Antonello da Messina : Sicily’s Renaissance
Gentile Bellini Bellini and the East
Giovanni Bellini Giovanni Bellini’s Dudley Madonna
Jacopo Bellini Bellini, Titian, and Lotto : North Italian paintings from the Accademia Carrara, BergamoGiovanni BelliniGiovanni Bellini and the art of devotionThe Cambridge companion to Giovanni BelliniGiovanni Bellini
Hieronymus Bosch Hieronymus Bosch. The complete worksBosch : the garden of earthly delightsHieronymus BoschThe unknown Hieronymus BoschCircles of thorns : Hieronymus Bosch and being human

The Dutch masters. Bosch [videorecording]

Bosch : Hieronymus Bosch and the Lisbon temptation : a view from the 3rd millennium

Hieronymus Bosch : new insights into his life and work

Hieronymus Bosch, c. 1450-1516 : between heaven and hell

The essential Hieronymous Bosch

Sandro Botticelli Botticelli : the birth of VenusBotticelliSandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli, 1444/45-1510Botticelli : from Lorenzo the Magnificent to Savonarola
Dieric Bouts Dieric Bouts : the complete works
Petrus Christus Petrus Christus : his place in Fifteenth-Century Flemish painting
Desiderio da Settignano Desiderio da Settignano : sculptor of Renaissance Florence
Domenico Veneziano Italian paintings of the fifteenth century
Albrecht Durer Albrecht Dürer : master drawings, watercolors, and prints from the AlbertinaReframing Albrecht Dürer : the appropriation of art, 1528-1700The early DürerAlbrecht Dürer (1471-1528)Dürer

The essential Dürer

Albrecht Dürer : watercolours and drawings

Albrecht Dürer, 1471-1528 : the genius of the German Renaissance

Albrecht Dürer and the Venetian Renaissance

Nature’s artist : plants and animals by Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Durer and his legacy : the graphic work of a Renaissance artist

Dürer and his culture

The drawings of Durer

Lorenzo Ghiberti The Gates of paradise : Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Renaissance masterpiece
Domenico Ghirlandaio Domenico Ghirlandaio : artist and artisan
Giorgione GiorgioneGiorgione : catalogue raisonné : mystery unveiledGiorgione : myth and enigma
Leonardo da Vinci Saint Anne : Leonardo Da Vinci’s ultimate masterpieceLeonardo : Mona LisaLeonardo and the last supperLeonardo da Vinci, anatomistLeonardo

Leonardo da Vinci painter : the complete works

Leonardo da Vinci : painter at the court of Milan

Discovering Leonardo : the art lover’s guide to understanding Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpieces

Leonardo da Vinci and the art of sculpture

Michelangelo Buonarroti In Michelangelo’s mirror : Perino Del Vaga, Daniele Da Volterra, Pellegrino TibaldiDiscovering Michelangelo : the art lover’s guide to understanding Michelangelo’s masterpiecesMichelangelo : a life on paperMichelangeloMichelangelo : 1475-1564

Michelangelo : the complete sculpture, painting, architecture

Michelangelo : the artist, the man, and his times

Jacopo della Quercia Jacopo della Quercia
Raphael Raphael : his life and works in 500 images : an illustrated study of the artist, his life and context, with 500 images and a gallery of his greatest paintingsLate RaphaelRaphael : the school of AthensRaphael : drawingsVision and the visionary in Raphael

The afterlife of Raphael’s paintings

Raphael : 1483-1520

Andrea del Verrocchio Verrocchio, Lorenzo di Credi, Francesco di Simone FerrucciThe sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio
Roger van der Weyden Rogier van der Weyden : 1400-1464 : master of passions


Museum collections

These are some museums with substantial collections on Renaissance art.

Uffizi Gallery






Gallerie dell’Accademia

Galler dell Accademia







The Vatican Museums

Vatican museums





Brera Gallery
















British Museum

British museum





Metropolitan Museum of Art

Met museum







National Gallery of Victoria








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