Many famous art images were created during the 16th century. These works are instantly recognizable to many modern art enthusiasts, such as the 'Mona Lisa' by Da Vinci and 'The Small Cowper Madonna, c. 1505' by Raphael. These Renaissance paintings, and many more, are some of the building blocks from which modern art was shaped.
16th century art are a unique and important part of how art has become what it is today. These historically important pictures marked a change in artists from the spiritual to the representational. For the first time, Greek and Roman models of beauty were challenged, regular everyday objects were seen as artistically relevant, and religious images were no longer the sole purpose of Western art.