ARTH 214 Lecture Notes - Libyan Sibyl, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Scrovegni Chapel

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ARTH 213
Renaissance Art and Architecture
Friday, September 14th
Introduction to the characteristics and terminology used to describe the styles of the
Renaissance in painting, architecture and sculpture
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375)
o “The genius of Giotto was of such excellence that there was nothing
produced by nature…which he did not depict by means of the stylus,
pen, or brush with such truthfulness that the result seemed to be not
so much similar to one of her works as a work of her own…he may
rightly be called one of the lights in the glory of Florence”
o Describes the Renaissance through the image of a life cycle or a rising
Some of the art was based on recreating exact models of an earlier
o Giotto, Joachim Takes Refuge in the Wilderness, Arena Chapel, Padua, c.
Virgin Mary’s father
Her parents were having a hard time conceiving, believed that
God was angry at them
Considered revolutionary in terms of nationalism
In early Italian art, there’s naturalism in the details, even
though the composition as a whole is quite the opposite
The drapery is not completely flat, it has shape
Characterization in the faces they aren’t all formulaic
Highlights and shadows on the rock gives it some depth, but it
still looks extremely small special depth occurred more often
in the 15th century
A lot of what survives from the Middle Ages is in manuscripts
Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Good Government in the Country, 1338-1339, Siena
o Overview landscape (aerial perspective) the artists seem to be
looking down on the landscape
o Notice the rolling hills in the background
Painting in the 15th century
Perspective and geometry surface and space
The intellectual among the artists would study geometry in order to work 3D
space onto a 2D canvas
Antonio del Pollaiuolo, St. Sebastian, 1474-1475, London, National Gallery
o Was on trial by the Roman governors, and still held onto his Christian
o He was a martyr
o Survived the arrows through the power of his faith
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