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- n. the artistic style of early 16th century painting in Florence and Rome; characterized by technical mastery and heroic composition and humanistic content
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These masterpieces of High Renaissance art, comparable to Michelangelo's ceiling paintings of the same chapel, normally cover the lower walls of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican and were displayed when major liturgical services were celebrated by the Pope.
Conceived on a colossal scale, created from a confusion of ideas and consuming the genius of the greatest artists of the age, St. Peter's became both the splendor of the High Renaissance and a scandal of epic proportions.
His work deservedly holds its prominent place in the world's estimation; -- so high and sweet and pure are its _motifs_, while their rendering is in the very best manner of the High Renaissance.
The painting is in High Renaissance style: posed and not photorealistic, which doesn't distract the viewer from the Christian symbolism that defines the piece and also most of the era's artwork.