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Art Appreciation

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Art Appreciation
Mandy Shoplak
Unit 3 IP

Two pieces of art work from the Renaissance period. Both works of art are from Sandro Botticelli. One is from his earlier time period of working and the second from later on.

Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi) (Italian, Florentine, 1444/45-1510), The Adoration of the Magi, 1470-75, tempera on panel, 111 x 134 cm, Uffizi, Florence

To me this painting is a three dimensional work of art because it has height, depth, and width. It is a type of oil painting called tempera and it is done on a wood panel. There are many colors used, mainly all basic colors. This is a representational piece of art.

Sandro Botticelli (Italian, 1444-1510), Birth of Venus, c. 1485-86, painted for the villa of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici at Castello, tempera on canvas, 67 7/8 x 109 5/8 inches (172.5x 278.5 cm), now in the Uffizi, Florence.

This is a painting and is a two dimensional work of art. This is also classified as tempera but it is on a canvas. The colors in this painting I would say are not at all vibrant. This is a representational piece of art because she is the goddess of love.

Tempera: Water based paint that uses egg yolk as a binder. Many commercially made paints identified as tempera are actually gouache. (Preble’s’ Art forms) Tempera and temper - A paint and process involving an emulsion of oil and water. It was in use before the invention of oil paints. Traditionally it involves an egg emulsion; thus the term egg tempera. The pigments or colors are mixed with an emulsion of egg yolks (removed from their sacs) or of size, rather than oil, and can be thinned and solved with water. Also known as egg tempera and temper. A varnish for tempera paints, called glair may be prepared by mixing egg whites with a little water, then beating them, and applying once the bubbles are gone. (


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