Italian

Since antiquity, Italy has been considered the birthplace of Western civilisation, massively influencing European culture for over 2,500 years. Over the course of the country's extensive history, Italian artists have produced some of the most renowned pieces of art and inspired important artistic movements. During the 15th century, the Renaissance style emerged from Italy, impacting painting, sculpture and decorative arts; key examples of Italian Renaissance art include Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and da Vinci's The Last Supper. In more recent centuries, Italy has produced notable furniture designers such as Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass. The Mediterranean country has also been at the forefront of international fashion for many years, being the home of luxury brands like Fendi, Versace, Armani and Gucci

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