The Italian Renaissance holds a special place in American pop culture. Maybe you've spent longer than you would like to admit staring at a picture of da Vinci’s The Last Supper trying to figure out whether or not the figure to Jesus’ right is a man or a woman. Maybe you've tried to figure out if the Mona Lisa is smiling, or if her eyes really follow you as you walk around a room.
In any case, have you ever stopped to think about the context of these artworks? The Italian Renaissance represents a complete rebirth and rediscovery of all kinds of knowledge — from mathematics to sculpture from Ancient Rome and Greece. The works we have come to love reflect a wealth of cultural change, much of which we can still learn from today.
10 Things Everybody Should Know About Renaissance Art