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Lecture 4

HISTART 2002 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Classical Antiquity, Secularism, Eucharist


Department
History of Art
Course Code
HISTART 2002
Professor
Shelton Andrew
Lecture
4

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Recitation 2: History of Art
REVIEW FROM LAST WEEK
Vanishing point: where lines lead to
Orthogonal: lines that lead to vanishing point
Renaissance man: Leonardo da Vinci
Q1: How can The Last Supper be regarded as encapsulating the pictorial achievements
of the High Renaissance?
oLess focus on materials
oHumanized
oMovement
oNatural looking
oFacial expressions/gestures
oUnified Christ as center
oLinear perspective
oSacred and profane / chaos and order
oThe last supper by Leonardo
Last meal before Christ is crucified
“one will betray me”
disciples being rendered as shocked (emotion, hand gestures)
tension
Leonardo studies hands/body
Christ offering bread/wine/blessing the food
Holy Eucharist: communion-shows sacrifice
Traitor: Judas – depicted with face turned away (shameful)
Not engaging with Christ
Looks guilty
Profanes divinity of Christ
Holding bad of money
Vanishing point: Christ
Horizon line from landscape outside
Merges art and mathematics:
Uses geometry with triangle and circle to make focal point
Body as triangle
Head in circle-divine
Balance between chaos and order
oThe last supper by Castagno
Flatter
Not much of a linear perspective
Can’t see top of table
Can’t see items on table- no depth
Less expression, calm
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