Architecture during the Renaissance was inspired by the ruins of ancient Greeks & Romans. After the success of the dome in Brunelleschi’s design for the Santa Marie del Fiore the dome became an indispensable element in church architecture. This picture shows the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Rodin created his first full-scale work, The Age of Bronze, having returned from Italy. Modelled by a Belgian soldier, the figure drew inspiration from Michelangelo's Dying Slave, which Rodin had observed at the Louvre. Attempting to combine Michelangelo's mastery of the human form with his own sense of human nature, Rodin studied his model from all angles, at rest and in motion; he mounted a ladder for additional perspective, and made clay models, which he studied by candlelight.