Time Capsules from Renaissance and Baroque Periods

Topics: Florence, Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa Pages: 3 (1160 words) Published: March 26, 2009
For almost two years, we have been in search of what we believed were time capsules, hidden away between the years of 1400, when the Renaissance period started, and 1750 which marks the end of the Baroque period. We are pleased to announce that our nearly twenty-four year search has ended in the discovery of two such capsules. Each of these capsules contains information, vital to the understanding of past cultures and their origins, and necessary to the development of culture today. In what we're now referring to as "Cap A", we have discovered two very well known pieces of Art. One, now referred to as the world’s most famous smile, is the Mona Lisa. Leonardo Da Vinci created this masterpiece in 1503 using a style known as sfumato and perspective. Sfumato is a way of painting where contours are blurry and, it gives a special liveliness to the portrait and the foggy feeling in the landscape. Renaissance was trying to present, not the reality, but the mixture of reality and idealized beauty. We will mount this painting in the Lovre in Paris with the title. "Portrait of Mona Lisa Gherardine, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. There was also a portrait of what will forever be known as "The Last Supper". This is Leonardo's visual interpretation of the evening before Christ was betrayed by one of his disciples, when He gathered them all together to eat and tell them of the fact that He was aware of the tragedy that was to come. "The Last Supper" had certainly been painted before but Leonardo's version was first to depict 'real people'. The technical perspective is incredible! You can see that every single element of the painting directs one's attention straight to the mid-point of the composition, Christ's head. It is arguably the greatest example of one point perspective ever created.

In addition to the Art, there are photos depicting architecture from different regions of Europe. There is frankly, an obvious resemblance to certain...
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