HUM 2020 Lecture 2: Humanities Final

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Humanities Final
Significance and components of the Japanese tea ceremony
Tea ceremony represents yin & yang
Supposed to make you feel small
Zen Buddhism
Comparison between Japanese aesthetics and the aesthetics of the Gothic
movement
Japanese aesthetics make you feel small in regards to the importance
of your guest
Gothic aesthetics make you feel small in regards to architecture and
God
The Black Death
Years 1346-1353
Devastating pandemic
Dante’s Inferno (three parts?)
Inferno
Purgatorio
Paradiso
Boccaccio’s The Decameron
Stories of people escaping the black death
Mascots of the Renaissance: Venus and David. Why? How so? Which artists
used these figures in their work, and what distinct characteristics do they
emphasize? How do these uses correspond to the broader objectives and
philosophy of the Renaissance?
Venus the goddess of love
oBack to Greek ideals
oBotticelli
oArtwork not Christian theme because of nudity
oLove triumphs over brutality
David
oDefeating Goliath
oAnalogy for cities to prosper
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Humanities Final
The Renaissance – Locations, Themes, Philosophy
Rinascita
Rebirth
Lorenzo Ghiberti, Gates of Paradise
Series of Biblical panels
Represent the union of the western and eastern churches by Solomon
and Sheba meeting
Linear perspective – Scientific perspective
Illusion of space and distance on a flat surface
Naturalism
Bodies that make sense
Real human bodies with weight
Buon disegno
Good design
Example of linear perspective
Giorgio Vasari
The Nativity
High renaissance
Text for the history of renaissance
One-point perspective
Representing 3D objects on a 2D surface
By focusing and drawing from one point on a horizon line
Titian (Tiziano Vecelli), Sacred and Profane Love, ca. 1514, Oil on canvas
Sacred love is Venus
Profane love is Venus in dress covered up
Comparing the marriage life (profane) vs. the single (sacred)
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