Italy is the most beautiful country in the world. How many times have we heard this statement repeated? Italy is a synonym for culture, art and history. The artistic beauties are everywhere and every corner of the country reserves endless and wonderful surprises. In fact, Italy has the largest number of artistic and cultural assets declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There are 55 sites in Italy. Italy was at the forefront of the artistic and intellectual developments of the Renaissance, the period immediately following the Middle Ages in Europe. In the early Renaissance, developed important artists such as Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio and so on… And the three great masters–Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael–dominated the period known as the High Renaissance. Leonardo was the ultimate “Renaissance man” for the breadth of his intellect, interest and talent and his expression of humanist and classical values. Leonardo’s best-known works, including the “Mona Lisa”, kept in Louvre, and the “The Last Supper”, showcase his unparalleled ability to portray light and shadow, as well as the physical relationship between figures–humans, animals and objects alike–and the landscape around them. Michelangelo considered himself a sculptor first and he achieved greatness as a painter as well, notably with his giant fresco covering the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, completed over four years (1508-12) and depicting various scenes from Genesis. In the Accademia Gallery in Florence, is kept the masterpiece of Michelangelo: David, which hosts more than thousands of visitors every year. Raphael, the youngest of the three great High Renaissance masters, learned from both da Vinci and Michelangelo.

I am a student in tourism, so I study art and I am fascinated by it. Although my nationality is different, Italy has adopted me and I am grateful. In fact, I am surprised at how immense Italy’s artistic heritage is and I am proud of it. I believe that getting to know the artists who have made their mark on the history of ‘your’ country from an artistic point of view and analysing their works not only increases culture but also sharpens the sensitivity of every human being.

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