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Since ancient times, Greeks, Etruscans and Celts have inhabited the south, centre and north of the Italian peninsula respectively. The very numerous rock drawings in Valcamonica are as old as 8,000 BC, and there are rich remains of Etruscan art from thousands of tombs, as well as rich remains from the Greek colonies at Paestum, Agrigento and elsewhere. Ancient Rome finally emerged as the dominant Italian and European power. The Roman remains in Italy are of extraordinary richness, from the grand Imperial monuments of Rome itself to the survival of exceptionally preserved ordinary buildings in Pompeii and neighbouring sites. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, in the Middle Ages Italy, especially the north, remained an important centre, not only of the Carolingian art and Ottonian art of the Holy Roman Emperors, but for the Byzantine art of Ravenna and other sites.

Italy was the main centre of artistic developments throughout the Renaissance (1300-1600), beginning with the Proto-Renaissance of Giotto and reaching a particular peak in the High Renaissance of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, whose works inspired the later phase of the Renaissance, known as Mannerism. Italy retained its artistic dominance into the 17th century with the Baroque (1600-1750), and into the 18th century with Neoclassicism (1750-1850). In this period, cultural tourism became a major prop to Italian economy. Both Baroque and Neoclassicism originated in Rome and spread to all Western art. Italy maintained a presence in the international art scene from the mid-19th century onwards, with movements such as the Macchiaioli, Futurism, Metaphysical, Novecento Italiano, Spatialism, Arte Povera, and Transavantgarde.

Italian art has influenced several major movements throughout the centuries and has produced several great artists, including painters, architects and sculptors. Today, Italy has an important place in the international art scene, with several major art galleries, museums and exhibitions; major artistic centres in the country include Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Turin, Genoa, Naples, Palermo, Lecce and other cities. Italy is home to 55 World Heritage Sites, the largest number of any country in the world.

Italian art Media

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Roman Glass cylindrical beaker
Roman Bell, bronze, Roman
Allegorical female statutette of a Virtue or Sibyl
Greek Amphoriskos (oil flask), Greece
Door knocker, bronze, Venice, Italy
Etruscan Gold earrings, Italy
Disk Brooch with Cameo

Disk Brooch with Cameo

The Langobards often embellished their own jewelry with gems carved centuries earlier by Roman or Etruscan craftsmen. These gems, valued for their antiquity, linked their Langobardic wearers to the illustrious ... More

Glass oinochoe (perfume jug)
Jacopo Sansovino - Madonna and Child with St. John
Glass oinochoe (perfume jug)
Bust of a Roman, bronze
Glass oinochoe (perfume jug)
Terracotta hydria (water jar), Greece
Glass oinochoe (perfume jug)
Greek Terracotta lekanis (dish)
Christ Bearing the Cross, bronze
Hellenistic Silver strigil (scraper)
Roman Terracotta bowl
Bell, 1st century AD

Bell, 1st century AD

Pompeii, Italy

Glass squat alabastron (perfume bottle)
Roman Bracelet Bell, bronze, Roman
Bell, bronze, Europe

Bell, bronze, Europe

Rome or Cologne

Roman Terracotta bowl, Greek and Roman art
Implements (Celt)
Chronos, bronze, Italian
Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)
Pair of terracotta volute-kraters (vases for mixing wine and water) with stands
Archaic Bronze statuette of a centaur
Mount with grotesque masks, bronze
Archaic Bronze chariot inlaid with ivory
Roman Glass cylindrical beaker

Roman Glass cylindrical beaker

Glass objects, Roman Empire.

Roman Five marble architectural fragments
Archaic Bronze statuette of a centaur
Axe Head, bronze, Europe
Terracotta trozella (two-handled jar)
Terracotta statue of a young woman
Roman Bell, bronze, Roman
Archaic Terracotta pointed aryballos (oil flask)
Glass oinochoe (perfume jug)
Coin of Roger I, Duke of Sicily
Archaic Bronze statuette of a siren

Archaic Bronze statuette of a siren

The siren wears a diadem embellished with flowers. She originally may have stood on the lid of a vase. Archaic

Terracotta bowl, 1st century AD
Roman Bell, 1st century AD

Roman Bell, 1st century AD

Rome, Italy ancient?

Paris, bronze, Italian
Archaic Bronze statuette of a siren
Roman Bell, 1st century AD - musical instruments
Cincinnatus at the Plough, bronze
Two fragments of a terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)
Bronze helmet of South Italian-Corinthian type
Axe Head, bronze, Europe
Terracotta askos (flask with spout and handle over top)
Archaic Terracotta hydria (water jar), Greece
Alfonso V, King of Aragon

Alfonso V, King of Aragon

Medalist: Paolo da Ragusa (Italian, active 1450)

Archaic Terracotta dinos (deep round-bottomed bowl)
Hercules, bronze, Venice, Italy, Europe
Roman Bell, bronze, Roman
Goffredo Franco, bronze medal

Goffredo Franco, bronze medal

Medalist: Pietro Paolo Galeotti

Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)
Bronze helmet of Apulian-Corinthian type
Roman Bell, 1st century AD

Roman Bell, 1st century AD

Rome?, Italy? ancient?

Falcon, bronze, Europe
Roman Seshesh, bronze, Roman
Seated male, bronze, Europe
Madonna and Child, Luca Signorelli, Italian
Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)
Implements (Celt)
Roman Bell, bronze, Europe, Roman - musical instruments
Terracotta askos (flask with a spout and handle over the top)
Bronze lid and upper part of an oil flask
Boy standing on a seashell

Boy standing on a seashell

The figure, with his contrapposto pose, shows the pervasive influence of Donatello (ca. 1386–1466).

Spinario (Boy Pulling a Thorn from His Foot)
Pair of terracotta volute-kraters (vases for mixing wine and water) with stands
Angel, bronze
Terracotta statue of a young woman
Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)
Spinario (Boy Pulling a Thorn from His Foot)
Archaic Bronze horse, bronze, Europe

Archaic Bronze horse, bronze, Europe

Walking; long, slender body, short legs, a long tail reaching to the base, to which it is attached; solid cast. Archaic

Inkwell, bronze, Venice, Italy, Europe
Severo Calzetta da Ravenna - Cleopatra, bronze
Bell, bronze, Europe - musical instruments
Spinario (Boy Pulling a Thorn from His Foot)

Spinario (Boy Pulling a Thorn from His Foot)

The model is freely adapted from the famous ancient bronze in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome, showing a youth extracting a thorn from his foot.

Roman Bell, bronze, Roman
Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)
Roman Bell, bronze, Roman
Archaic Bronze chariot inlaid with ivory
Terracotta hydria (water jar), Greece
Glass lentoid aryballos (perfume bottle)
Terracotta nestoris (two-handled jar)
Terracotta group of women seated around a well head
Glass lentoid aryballos (perfume bottle)
Column from a Choir Screen

Column from a Choir Screen

Made in Rome (Latium)

Pluto and Cerberus, bronze, Venice, Italy
Archaic Terracotta dinos (deep round-bottomed bowl)
Folding fan with The Finding of Romulus and Remus
Statue of Dionysos leaning on a female figure ("Hope Dionysos")
Hellenistic Silver strigil (scraper)
Glass oinochoe (perfume jug)
Reclining Female, bronze, Europe

Reclining Female, bronze, Europe

The figure probably comes from a shrine somewhat imitating a Michelangelesque monument in miniature.

Roman Bell, bronze, Europe, Roman - musical instruments
Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)
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