Renaissance Outline-Study

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Essay #1 Renaissance Ideas in Italian Art Thesis: Italian art during the period expressed Renaissance Ideas in many ways. The backgrounds of the paintings began to create a sense of real time and space with symmetry. In many of the artworks, Renaissance themes such as humanism were displayed. I. Backgrounds created a sense of real time and space (the here and now) -The linear perspective-convergence of linear lines to a vanishing point for 3D quality (Paolo Uccello) -Chiaroscuro technique developed

-Giotto (1266-1337) “The Father of Renaissance Painting” (di Bondone)
--People still proportionally larger than background & still 2D --Certain things (people) get cut out (only heads are showing on the side) -> shows that the whole picture isn’t seen
--The Lamentation 1304-1306
-Masaccio (1401-1428) “The lost turtle”
--The Tribute Money, 1427 (emphasized naturalism-The practice of describing precisely the actual circumstances of human life in literature)
--First real master of linear perspective (sense that objects farther away are smaller)
--Shadows are shown from sun-> Chiaroscuro technique
II. Antiquity
-Donatello (1386-1466) “the father of Renaissance sculpture”
--David (1440) was the first nude piece since antiquity
--no medieval statue dared to be so brazenly naked
-Symmetry was a common throwback to antiquity (Greek columns) -Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
--The Last Supper (1495-1498)
-Jesus at center of table
-everyone on one side of the table
-Sandro Botticelli
--Birth of Venus (1484-1485) represents the moment when the goddess was born
-Antiquity (shows nudity)
-She stands demurely in the center of the painting, modestly covering her nude body with elegant hands and masses of golden hair
-Symmetry (central character and balance on each side)
III. The ability of Man
-Human beings are capable of anything (optimistic view of...
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