Scholarly Resource Alert! A freely available resource, Italian Renaissance Learning Resources features eight units, each of which explores a different theme in Italian Renaissance art.
The Making of an Artist: The Renaissance transformation of the medieval artisan into someone closer, though not identical, to the modern conception of the artist is a swelling leitmotif in this unit. The Renaissance marks an important transition in the perception of the artist and the growing acceptance of the artist’s work as being on a par with philosophy, literature, rhetoric, and the other liberal arts. This unit explores artistic training and practices; the organization of workshops, guilds, and academies; and (most importantly) the creation of an entirely new way of looking at art and artists.
Image credit: Giorgio Vasari with drawings by Filippino Lippi, Botticelli, and Raffaellino del Garbo. Page from “Libro de’ Disegni, Woodner Collection. Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art.