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Aix-en-Provence

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Renaissance Art.

This Roman resort town became a regional capital of Gaul in the late empire. Originally under the ecclesiastical control of Arles, it became an archbishopric in the 8th century, and ...

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Aleppo

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

An ancient city in northern Syria, which was formerly an important commercial centre on the trade route between the Mediterranean and the countries of the East.

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Ambrogio Lorenzetti

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(active 1319–48) and

(active 1320–45).

Sienese painters, brothers. They were among the outstanding Italian artists of their time, but their lives are poorly documented—it...

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Andrei Rublev

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Art.

(b ?c.1360; d Moscow, 1430).

The most famous of Russian icon painters. The 600th anniversary of his birth was celebrated by Soviet Russia in 1960, but the date is not firmly...

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Ankara

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Art.

[Gr. and Lat. Ancyra; Mod. Gr. Angora].

Capital city of the Turkish Republic since 1923 and a center of trade and administration since antiquity. Ankara lies near the northern edge...

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ars moriendi

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Art.

A late medieval compilation of texts (prayers, maxims, exhortations, and so on), intended as a guide for the comforting and counselling of the dying; it was issued as a block ...

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artist

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Art.

In the MA the artist, or better artifex (‘artificer’), was most frequently considered a practitioner of the mechanical arts. Inextricably linked to his manual activities, he was viewed as a...

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Artuqid

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Art.

Islamic dynasty that ruled in southeast Anatolia from 1098 to 1408. The Artuqids were descendants of a Turkoman military commander in the service of the Saljuq dynasty; his family settled...

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atelier

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

French term for an artist's workshop or studio. The term ateliers libres was sometimes applied to the private académies that became centres for avant-garde art in 19th-century Paris.

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Basra

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

City 420 km southeast of Baghdad on the Shatt al-Arab, previously a Persian settlement. Utbah ibn Ghazwan chose this location, on the orders of Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab, to establish ...

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