Giotto – Protorenaissance
a. Single light source allows value to show mass (CHIAROSCURO)
b. Transitional because it depicts PHYSICAL as well as SPIRITUAL reality.
Renaissance Periods / Styles
a. Italian Renaissance
b. Northern Renaissance
Use of a single light source for shadows
Use of LINEAR PERSPECTIVE to create a sense of illusionary depth by creating consistent FORESHORTENING
Massacio was an early renaissance artist
Donatello. (early renaissance artist)
a. MARY MAGDALEN c. 1455 Carved Wood
b. DAVID. c. 1425-1430. Cast Bronze.
Return of the CONTRAPPOSTO pose.
Return of the NUDE as a natural subject.
Sandro Botticelli. (early renaissance artist)
BIRTH OF VENUS. C. 1480. Tempera on Canvas
a. Pagan Imagery to express universal ideals of beauty, truth, innocence
Savonarola --- “Bonfire of the Vanities” Artworks destroyed (Botticelli destroys his own work). Books burned Savonarola himself burned at the same location a year later.
Greatest works are done in the cities of FLORENCE, ROME, and VENICE.
Leonardo da Vinci (artist of high renaissance)
Dissected corpses (human, animal, plant) to learn internal structures.
a. SFUMATO Style: Creating blurred or “smoky” edges.
b. CHIAROSCURO: Use of dramatic values to create 3D forms.
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. c. 1495-1498
Experimental paint on plaster (NOT FRESCO).
Michelangelo di Buonarroti
- Known as “the greatest sculptor since the Greeks.”
- Completes “DAVID” when he is only 29.
- Competed with Leonardo da Vinci in his youth for major commissions and projects.
- Forced by Pope Julius II to abandon his life’s dream sculpture project to PAINT a fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
- Saw human beings as being almost god-like, defined by the turmoil of their souls within the confines of their bodies.
Raphael. MADONNA OF THE MEADOWS. c. 1505. Oil on Panel.
Development of book illustrations and printmaking.
Fewer Pagan images, but emphasis on GENRE.
MANNERISM: Keeping the naturalism and realism, but exaggerating form in order to enhance expression and drama. This was the dominant style of painting and sculpture in the mid 1500’s.
a. Italian Baroque
b. Northern Baroque
c. Spanish Baroque
a. Describes art made in Europe from 1600 - 1800.
b. Great ENERGY and EXPRESSION.
c. DRAMATIC CHIAROSCURO “Drama in the Dark”: Often has a “spotlight” effect on the
central figure or focus.
i. Italian: CARAVAGGIO BERNINI
ii. Northern: RUBENS REMBRANDT VERMEER
iii. Spanish: VELASQUEZ
Began making pieces showing everyday life.
a. THE GIRL WITH THE RED HAT. 1665-1666. Oil on Panel.
b. GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING.
Rembrandt van Rijn
Also made many INTAGLIO prints.
Famous for his Self-Portraits.
a. Describes art made in Europe in the late 1700’s. This style of art is usually associated with the aristocracy of France.
b. “Dangerous Liaisons” time period. Marie Antoinette.
c. Overly decorated, fluffy, sugary. Everything guilded, extravagant. ART FOR THE RICH.
d. Your text considers this part of the BAROQUE period.