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The Four Greatest Renaissance Artists
Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello. Popularized in modern times by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' homage, these four great artists are the most well-known maestro (masters) of the Renaissance period. Gaze upon and appreciate their sublime artistry, preserved throughout the centuries. Choose from a selection of VELTRA tours and activities, have a culturally enlightening holiday and see these spectacular masterpieces with your own eyes.
💡 Get to Know the Masters
🖌 Leonardo Da Vinci is heralded as a true Renaissance Man—an artist, inventor, draftsman and polymath, his best-known masterpieces include the Mona Lisa (housed in the Louvre in Paris), The Last Supper and his sketch of the Vitruvian Man. 2020 marks the 500th death anniversary of this legendary icon. Learn more about him here.

🖌 Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, known simply as Michelangelo, is another well-known Renaissance Man. An architect, artist, poet and engineer, he is said to have been the greatest living artist in his lifetime. He is best known for his sculpture of David and famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel depicting the scenes from Genesis (on the ceiling) and The Last Judgment (on the altar wall). Check out our favorite Michelangelo tours.

🖌 Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, more commonly known as Raphael, was a painter and architect. He was the only one who was not from Florence and he also died much younger than the other 3, but he was a very prolific artist. His most famous works include his paintings of the Madonna of the Pinks, Saint George and the Dragon, Sistine Madonna, The School of Athens and many others housed in the Raphael Rooms in the Vatican.

🖌 Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, or Donatello, was a sculptor whose most well-known works include his bronze sculpture of David, bronze roundel of Chellini Madonna (The Virgin and Child with Four Angels) and wooden sculpture of Penitent Magdalene.