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The High Renaissance

The High Renaissance

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will introduce High Renaissance art and architecture and consider several examples of the work of Leonardo da Vinci.

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Image of Leonardo da Vinci, Vitruvian Man, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Da_Vinci_Vitruve_Luc_Viatour.jpg; Image of Leonardo da Vinci, The Fetus and Lining of the Uterus, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Da_Vinci_Studies_of_Embryos_Luc_Viatour.jpg; Image of Leonardo da Vinci, Self Portrait, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_da_Vinci_-_Self-Portrait_-_WGA12798.jpg; Image of Leonardo da Vinci, Virgin of the Rocks, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_da_Vinci_-_Virgen_de_las_Rocas_%28Museo_del_Louvre,_c._1480%29.jpg; Image of Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mona_Lisa,_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci,_from_C2RMF_retouched.jpg; Image of Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:%C3%9Altima_Cena_-_Da_Vinci_5.jpg

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