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Transcript of Renaissance Art
Leonardo Da Vinci ( 1452-1519) “The Last Supper” painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, is a painting that tells the story of Jesus the night before Judas turns him in. Jesus is in the center of the table surrounded by his apostles. This painting is perhaps one of the more well known paintings of the Renaissance and for good reason. Da Vinci has gone above and beyond with this painting, giving each apostle his own personality. Every single person in this painting has some kind of emotion on their face, whether disbelief, anger, or calm, no one appears expressionless. This attention to detail translates over the setting these characters are in. Da Vinci has an extremely intricate ceiling and even has a world outside of the windows. Another interesting part of this painting is how Da Vinci painted the room three dimensional. Instead of simply placing the characters before a flat wall, Da Vinci has the room move into the background until it stops at the three windows in the back. Pietro Perugino (1450-1523) Gonfalone with Pieta is a depiction of Mary, Joseph, and Mary Magdalene burying Jesus. The three figures surrounding Jesus form a triangle with the Virgin Mary at the top and Jesus at the bottom. This triangle formed brings the viewer's attention to the Virgin with Jesus first, as it is the focal point of the painting. When one pans out, it becomes apparent that the emotion on Mary Magdalene and Joseph's face is very real and true. Neither of them appear to be doll like and even Jesus' face has the emotion of grief. The realness of this situation is heightened by how Jesus' body s painted to look sickly, his muscles in his arms and stomach appeared to have shrunk leaving him a lifeless corpse. The Mona Lisa is perhaps the most iconic painting in the world. Painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, it is the portrait of a woman who no one really knows. In this painting Da Vinci shows off his skill with his shading around her eyes, his use of sfumato makes her eyes stand out to the viewer. Another area where Da Vinci is showing off, is the background behind her. He has painted a separate world in the landscape, and while it is not the focal point, it is still fascinating to look at. A reason why people are so fascinated with this painting is that Mona Lisa looks like a person. Da Vinci's use of shading makes her appear three dimensional and she has extremely realistic looking features. Giovanni Arnolfini is interesting because it almost looks like a photograph. Jan van Eyck has made use of chiaroscuro so well that it feels as though one is witnessing this scene first hand. The mirror between Giovanni and his wife and the window are perfect of examples of how chiaroscuro was used to make this painting appear three dimensional. It takes the painting away from a simple portrait into a beautiful peace art. Not only does the background appear real, but also the main subjects appear real. Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife both have accurately painted bodies and faces making them appear human. This self portrait by Albrecht Durer is striking in how life like Durer has painted himself. His face and particularly his hand, are painted so detailed that one might assume it is a photograph. It is the small details, such as his hair and the fur on his coat that make Durer's painting, feel more life like. Durer's use of chiaroscuro, by keeping the light on one side of his face, adds to the trueness of this painting because the subject does not appear flat, but rather three dimensional. The Renaissance was a time of great thought and action. It was the revival of classic imagery as well as the birth of realistic paintings. In this period, less art was painted for religious purposes and more was available to the public. Humans were shown in their true form as opposed to seeming doll like. Great iconic works of art resulted from this “rebirth” such as the Mona Lisa, the Creation of Adam, and the Last Supper, works that were not only great during their time, but are also revered as masterpieces today. This exhibit takes a look at the beloved classics everyone knows, as well as some lesser known works of art in hopes of opening the eyes of the viewer to true Renaissance art. The Renaissance: The Rebirth of the Classics
9-23-11 "I pledge" Renaissance art, though thousands of years old, has continued to affect art today. After viewing this exhibit, I can only hope one leaves with a solid understanding of Renaissance art and what it means.