Donatello: a pioneer of the Renaissance. His David: the first free-standing, male nude since Antiquity. But what does it mean? Does David remind us underdogs do succeed? To have faith in God? Or does he celebrate queer culture?
La Pietà. A seminal work in Art History, and a sculpture which defined the career of one of the world’s greatest artists. But what, if in addition to the Pietà, Michelangelo was referencing another event?
On this day in 1497, the Borgia Pope, Alexander VI, excommunicated the Dominican friar, Girolamo Savonarola. But who was Savonarola? What did he do that deserved excommunication in a time so rife with sin? And why is it important?
A lot of what we know about the Arnolfini Portrait is speculation. Symbols read and pieced together with things we do know so that we can create a potential understanding of it. But what are they trying to say?
Sigismondo Malatesta is, to date, the only man canonised to Hell. But could his reputation and his ensuing punishment come as the result of other people’s vicious hatred and malicious gossip rather than being rooted in fact?