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Thursday, August 21, 2008

How the Black Death Affected Painters and Art History

The plague fist showed up in Italy in the late 1340s and returned with regular outbreaks for the next five hundred years. Many of Italy's greatest painters died of plague, including the great Sienese geniuses, Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Pietro Lorenzetti, who died in the first out break of 1348. Later plague epidemics took the lives of Andrea del Sarto, Titian, Dosso Dossi, and the greatest Venetian genius of all time, Giorgione . The horrors of the black death pervaded all aspects of European culture, especially art. The effects were lasting, bringing a somber darkness to visual art, literature, and music. more here

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