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PuzzleWatch: Realism and Revival – The Italian Renaissance

Michelangelo, Monteverdi, the Medicis, and more: travel back in time to Renaissance Italy in Daryl Browne's August crossword puzzle.

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"Self-Portrait at the Clavichord with a Servant" by Lavinia Fontana, c. 1577
“Self-Portrait at the Clavichord with a Servant” by Lavinia Fontana, c. 1577

Ah, the Italian Renaissance! Great riches in art, music, architecture, and dance. Powerful ruling families like the Medicis in Florence and the Gonzagas in Mantua championed the arts. Even through political and religious upheaval, Renaissance artists in Italy created some of our greatest treasures.

Choreography advanced in the mid-1500s when Cesare Negri documented the five fundamental dance positions. Bologna became an enclave for female painters such as Lavinia Fontana. Symmetry and mathematical proportion found their way into the architectural designs of Bernini and Brunelleschi and the compositions of Monteverdi and Palestrina. Michelangelo’s David is a marble masterwork of physical form, an unmoving manifestation of strength and vitality, while Bosch’s creatures impishly undulate in The Garden of Earthly Delights

Like Bosch, there are a few non-Italian Renaissance giants in this puzzle, such as Franco-Flemish composers La Rue and Lassus and English master Tallis.

Realism and Revival – The Italian Renaissance – Click here for an interactive puzzle you can fill out in your web browser

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Daryl Browne is a music educator, alto, flutist and writer who lives in Beaverton, Oregon.

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