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High Renaissance

a style of art developed in Italy in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, chiefly characterized by an emphasis on draftsmanship, schematized, often centralized compositions, and the illusion of sculptural volume in painting.
Compare Early Renaissance, Venetian (def 2).
Origin of High Renaissance
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for High Renaissance
Historical Examples
  • In the fine arts the High Renaissance has a score of famous men.

    A Short History of Italy Henry Dwight Sedgwick
  • The art of the High Renaissance was conditioned by the demands of its patrons.


    Clive Bell
  • What this class really likes is the art of the eighteenth century and the art of the High Renaissance.


    Clive Bell
  • Only one of them, Leonardo, can be classed among the High Renaissance men.

  • Giovanni Bellini lived into the sixteenth century, but never quite attained the rank of a High Renaissance painter.

  • At Venice in the High Renaissance the art-for-art's-sake motive made the crest of light and color.

  • There are many who doubt the superiority of the voluptuous art of the High Renaissance.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee
  • We must see many in the work of every artist until we come to the great painters of the High Renaissance.

    Barbara's Heritage Deristhe L. Hoyt
  • The work of any artist of the High Renaissance, whose aim is purely artistic, is not difficult to understand.

    Barbara's Heritage Deristhe L. Hoyt
  • He achieved equal success in the other branch of the policy, and revelled in the kindred spirit of the High Renaissance.

    A Short History of Italy Henry Dwight Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for High Renaissance

High Renaissance

  1. the High Renaissance, the period from about the 1490s to the 1520s in painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe, esp in Italy, when the Renaissance ideals were considered to have been attained through the mastery of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael
  2. (as modifier): High Renaissance art
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