Was born in Livornio on 12 July 1884. His family was Jewish, his father a merchant and his mother, who spoke various languages, a very cultured woman. As a young boy his health was delicate and when he was 11 years old he became ill with pneumonia, although this did not affect his studies in a school of the city. Three years later he contracted typhoid fever (which brought about lung complications) and had to abandon his studies.
Was born in Fuente de Todos, Zaragoza (Saragossa) on 30 March 1746. He was the son of Jose Goya, a goldsmith, and Gracia Lucientes. He attended drawing classes at the Economic Society of Zaragoza and in 1760 the Count of Fuentes, the protector of Fuente de Todos, helped him enter the studio of the painter Don Jose Luzan as an apprentice. There he met the Bayen brothers who were also painters.
Was born in the house of the podesta of Caprese, a small village located between two mountains in the high valley of the Tiber on 6 March 1475. His father was Ludovico, a modest state officer and a man of little capacity. Michelangelo`s ambition was to improve the luck of the Buonarrotti Simoni family of old Florentine ancestry that at one time had belonged to the nobility but since 1506 had started to buy land and deposit savings for that objective. His mother Francesca died when he was only 6 years old and this event probably influenced his melancholy nature and his way of representing the Virgin without that feminine sweetness which he himself had lacked in his youth. He was a bourgeois from the Florence of the palaces and towers, of the hills with their small cypress and olive trees; the elegant Florence, busy and proud, a prey to all types of fanaticisms, and of all the religious and social hysterias where freedom and tyranny coexisted, where Leonardo`s spiritual freedom had no outlet and where Buonarrotti finished in the mysticism of Scottish puritanism, where Savonarola made the monks dance round the bonfire while he burnt works of art which he considered sacrilegious and where three years later, he himself would end up being burnt at the stake by the Inquisition. Michelangelo`s first impulse was to study literature but nevertheless, and against all the desires of his family who considered it a lowly profession, he dedicated himself to art. When he was 13 years old he entered the workshop of Ghirlandaio as an apprentice and remained there for 3 years. Ghirlandaio was highly impressed with his talent and recommended him to Lorenzo the Magnificent. A year later found him frequenting the gardens of San Marcos of Lorenze with its magnificent antique statues, surrounded by family and intellectuals. There he got in contact with Pico della Mirandola and for a time was a student of the sculptor Bertoldo, a disciple of Donatello.
Was born on 28 June 1577 in the German city of Siegen. His father was a jurist and had abandoned the Netherlands for political reasons. His mother Maria Rubens returned to Antwerp after the death of her husband and there Peter began his first steps towards painting together with the landscapist Tobias Verhaeght, a relative of the family. In 1593 he attended Adam van Noort`s workshop and in 1594 went to that of Oton van Veen where he stayed for four years.
Was born in Limoges on 25 February 1841, in the middle of a family of craftsmen. At a young age he moved to Paris with his father who wished to improve his financial situation. When he was 14 he showed an inclination towards the arts and was sent to the workshop of a porcelain decorator while at night he studied at a drawing school. He left the decoration of porcelain in 1858 with the purpose of taking a better paid job and thus became involved in the painting of fans and fabrics.
Was born in 1445. His father Mariano Filipepi was a tanner.
When he was young, Boticelli studied literature but abandoned this to take up painting under the direction of the old maestro Fra Filippo Lippi. The arrival of Boticelli in the circles of artists of Florence coincided with a particular moment of economic and political growth, since Florence was the most advanced cultural place in Europe at that time.
Was born on 30 March, 1853 in Groot Zundert in the Dutch Brabante . His father, a Pastor of a local church, started him in the profession of merchant of etchings. He worked at a branch of the Goupil Gallery of Paris in The Hague and stayed there for three years between 1869-73. He then passed on to the more important branch in London between 1873-75 and lastly went to the main branch in France. Quite suddenly he left his job and returned to his home in 1876.
Was born in 1431 in Isola di Carturo, a small village in the Province of Padua. He came from a very modest family and his father, who could not pay for his studies, put him in the service of the painter Francesco Squarcione. At Squarcione`s workshop he made his first artistic attempts in painting, sculpture and decoration, showing a great talent that soon made him the most outstanding pupil of all.
Rafael Sanzio de Urbino was born on 6 April 1483 at three o`clock in the morning. His parents were Giovanne di Sante di Piero (a painter who never achieved any fame and died when Rafael was only 11 years old) and Magia di Gattista di Nicola Ciarla. His stay first at Perusa and then in Florence greatly influenced his artistic formation, while his Roman period strengthened him in the creation of his cultural contacts, something which had been already imagined before his artistic inclinations.