Italian art is filled with movements and styles that have defined the great culture for years. The gothic period in Italy consisted of art with religious themes conveyed in them. However, painters began to discover the creativity within them, and became interested moving beyond traditional forms and in improving the way the figure was portrayed. This was the foundation of the Renaissance in the 15th century where artists rediscovered the classical ancient Greek and Roman art that illustrated better proportions, perspective and use of light.
Mannerism in Italy enabled artists to show emotion and feeling through their work with characteristics including distorted perspective, graceful figures, and choreographed images. In the early 20th century, the futurism movement was inspired by modernity, industry and movement. Post-Modern Italian art is a controversial movement in which all the styles of antiquity, gothic, renaissance, baroque, expressionist, cubist, surrealist, etc. can all be combined to produce a fusion of art history.
Famous Italian Artists:
Leonardo da Vinci
Giorgio de Chirico
Example of Italian Art: Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci