Art & Architecture in Italy

Art and architecture in Italy

When you mention art in Italy, most people’s thoughts fly first to the Renaissance, to Giotto, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo. But Italy’s artistic heritage actually goes back at least 2,500 years.

Celtic gold-plated bronze disc from Auvers-sur-Oise, Val-d'Oise, dated to early 4th century BC; on display at the Cabinet des Médailles of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris

Italian Art History 101: The great artists, eras, and styles

Plans for San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane in Rome by baroque architect Francesco Borromini (1638)

Italian Architectural History 101: The great eras, styles, and builders of French history

Common architectural terms (Photo by Unknown)

A glossary of common art and architecture terminology