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Copy of Renaissance Art Notes

Works of art from the Renaissance and Middle Ages to be compared and studied for their humanism, a newly reborn philosophy.

Melanie Johnson

on 14 October 2014

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Transcript of Copy of Renaissance Art Notes

AFTER: The Renaissance
BEFORE: The Middle Ages
Maestà (Duccio)
Adoration of the Magi by Giotto, c. 1300
Haley's Comet appeared in 1301, and this is a likely inspiration for the star over Bethlehem
How realistic is this perspective? Like a photograph?
Adoration of the Magi by Botticelli
an icon, "Mystical Supper"
The Last Supper by Leonardo DaVinci
David, by Michelangelo
an icon of David
Madonna del Granduca by Raphael
Madona with child painting
In the Renaissance, art was the "pop culture" of the time. Humans enjoy pop culture, so this art is humanistic.
Elements to look for:
real looking people (humans)
Relgious AND secular subjects
human experience like emotion, strength, drama, etc.
real looking perspective (3-d)
Brighter colours - use of oil paint
Use of light and dark to create shading, atmosphere, and depth
elements that impress, like fancy clothes or famous people
These are examples of Middle Ages art and other iconography. Elements to look for:
No humanistic elements like emotion, drama, etc. Generic faces - all the same.
Use of egg tempera paint - dull colours
No realistic art techniques - disproportionate bodies
Mostly religious or spiritual subjects
Stiff - no movement
One dimensional - lack of depth perception, figures look like they are floating
Use of gold to illuminate figures
Hierarctic scale - the most important is BIG

The Virgin and Child with St. Anne by Leonardo da Vinci
Virgin and Child Enthroned
The School of Athens by Raphael
Secular works like the School of Athens and La Giaconda (Mona Lisa) would not have been done if it weren't for humanism.
La Giaconda (Mona Lisa) by Leonardo
The Pope
this is the painter, Sandro Botticelli
This work is secular because it is not _________?
The two greatest minds from Greece:
The Birth of Venus by Botticelli
The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo (Louvre version)
The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo (London Version)
The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo
The Creation of the Sun and the Moon by Michelangelo
The Temptation of Adam and Eve by Michelangelo
The Flood by Michelangelo
The Last Judgement by Michelangelo
The Punishment of Korah by Botticelli
Moses by Michelangelo
Pieta by Michelangelo
St. Jerome in his Study by Antonello da Messina
David by Donatello
The Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca
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