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ARTHIST 1AA3- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 82 pages long!)


Department
Art History
Course Code
ARTHIST 1AA3
Professor
Alison Mc Queen
Study Guide
Final

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ARTHIST 1AA3
Final EXAM
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Patronage, Faith and Secular Life in 14th-Century Euro-
pean Art.
- Scrovengi Chapel
By Giotto di Bondone
1305-1306
Padua (Northeastern Italy)
- Questions to ask yourself:
What do you see?
- Barrel vaulted chapel, ceiling to the chapel,
- simple description doesnt give
How did the work come to be created?
- commissioned by Enrico Partron
- also been called the Arena chapel built on the side of a roman arena
- The Community kept the chapel intact, because they recognized its importance.
What was its function when it was first created?
- who has its audience?
- The Last judgement scene:
Scrovengni had Giotto include him presenting a model of the chapel to the virgin
Mary
- a form of penance for Scovengni family business usury (loaning money for
astronomical amounts) Scrovengni must have been scared for his sinful na-
ture (his job was not a christian one)
Was the artwork designed for a specific location?
- do we still see it in that location?
- how does location affect the response?
- In situ: in the original location
- narrative: the story told in the individual scenes
- how scenes relate to one another and how they are part of a larger story
- what does the work represent?
scenes from the life of Christ and Mary
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When Giotto was presenting opposing virtues, like faith, hope charity, prudence,
fortitude and temperance and justice, he took the color out of the scenes and
painted in grey.
- He put these virtues across from sinful ones.
The artist was not at liberty to paint what they want (patron)
- What techniques were used to make the work?
how an artist uses materials
different techniques to represent his subject matter
- 4 scenes of Christs life, Giotto wanted the events to look real to the viewer and
wanted the viewer to feel involved in those scenes
- emotions and gestures emphasized
- viewers could relate to what they were seeing
- overlapping: putting one figure over another so that not all parts of the body are
visible.
- scne looks quite natural
- forms recede into depth
- Giotto did take certain liberties:
he played with scale emphasize what is important
- all figures are on the same scale.(no figure to made bigger)
- emotional responses to Christs death
sad
calm
angst and disbelief
each individual has emotion
composition: the arrangement of forms.
asymmetry made the composition look more dramatic
hill leads eye to Christ
angels in the sky range of emotions like humans below
- variations in the blue sky lines around the angels
- how the artist used materials
buon fresco true fresco
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