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Italian Renaissance Learning Resources

In collaboration with the National Gallery of Art

The Making of an Artist

Primary Sources

Excerpts from Cennino Cennini’s Handbook

Excerpts from Giorgio Vasari’s “Life of Madonna Properzia de’ Rossi,” sculptor of Bologna

Excerpts from Vasari’s description of Sofonisba Anguissola

Giorgio Vasari’s description of the Medici “academy”

Excerpts from Book III of Leon Battista Alberti’s On Painting

The courtier and the arts: An excerpt from Baldassare Castiglione, The Courtier

Leonardo on painting versus poetry

Painting versus sculpture

Leonardo on painting versus sculpture