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Renaissance art

Renaissance Art

As with Renaissance Literature, three themes of Renaissance Art: Humanism, Secularism, and Classicism.

The Renaissance will see a shift in art - from art purely for the sake of glorifying God and teaching Biblical and Catholic lessons to art for the sake of also glorifying human beings and their Earthly emotions, experiences, surroundings.

Realism will be the key to Renaissance art, as compared to Medieval Art…

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  • Carolingian Evangelist

  • Late 8th Century

  • From the CodexAureus of Lorsch (an illuminated Gospel Book from the Charlemagne period of the Frankish kingdom)

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  • A typical Medieval depiction of Christ

  • A Christ Pantokrator (Christ with the halo in a cross form)

  • From the 11th Century

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  • The Morgan Leaf – detached from the 12th Century Winchester Bible (English)

  • Depicts scenes from the life of David

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Medieval depiction of Charlemagne’s coronation in 800.

Fra angelico adoration of the magi

Fra Angelico, Adoration of the Magi

Fra Angelico, AKA Fra Giovanni da Fiesole (Brother John from Fiesole 1395 - 1455)

Botticelli adoration of the magi

Botticelli, Adoration of the Magi

Realism the key difference

Realism – the key difference.

  • Contributes to the humanism of Italian Art

  • Achieved through use of new techniques:

    • Perspective

    • Chiaroscuro and realistic coloring

    • Overlapping figures

    • Movement

    • Use of realistic fore- and backgrounds

The italian renaissance

The Italian Renaissance

Sandro botticelli 1445 1510 birth of venus

Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510)Birth of Venus

Botticelli primavera

Botticelli, Primavera

The big four of italian renaissance art

The “Big Four” of Italian Renaissance Art

  • Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

  • Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1464)

  • Raphael - Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483 – 1520)

  • Titian - Tiziano Vecellio (c. 1488 - 1576)

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The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne

Leonardo da Vinci

Depicts St. Anne, her daughter the Virgin Mary, and the infant Jesus.

Leonardo da vinci the last supper

Leonardo Da Vinci, The Last Supper

Leonardo da vinci mona lisa

Leonardo Da Vinci,MonaLisa

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Michelangelo,Sistine ChapelThe Entire Vault here- Ceiling depicts the stories of the Book of Genesis, back wall is The Last Judgement

The sistine chapel ceiling

The Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Sistine chapel creation of adam

Sistine Chapel, Creation of Adam

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Details from The Sistine Chapel Ceiling

The Prophet Ezechiel

The Creation of the Sun,

the Moon and the Planets

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The Last Judgement

Michelangelo pieta


Michelangelo david

Michelangelo, David

Raphael school of athens

Raphael, School of Athens

The school of athens detail plato aristotle

The School of Athens detail-Plato &Aristotle

Raphael madonna


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More Raphael…..

Group of Swiss Soldiers, the Mass of Bolsena

Portrait of a Cardinal

Titian the venus of urbino

Titian, The Venus of Urbino

Titian bacchanalia

Titian, Bacchanalia

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Pope Paul III and His Grandsons

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Portrait of Charles V at the Battle of Muhlberg

The northern renaissance

The Northern Renaissance

Italian Renaissance Vs. Northern Renaissance

Subject matter:

Italian: Classical mythology, religious scenes.

Northern: Domestic interiors, portraits, religious scenes.


Italian: Symmetrical, balanced, good sense of mass, linear perspective.

Northern: Attention to surface detail, naturalism.

Known for:

Italian: Figures with mass and volume, knowledge of underlying anatomy.

Northern: Minute surface detail.


Italian: Fresco, tempera, oil.

Northern: Oil on panel.

Jan van eyck arnolfini wedding

Jan Van Eyck, Arnolfini Wedding

Durer self portrait

Durer, Self-Portrait

Durer adoration of the magi

Durer, Adoration of the Magi

Durer engraving hands with bible

Durer engraving,Hands with Bible

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The Virgin and Child with a Monkey

Hans holbein henry the viii

Hans Holbein, Henry the VIII

Hans holbein jane seymour

Hans Holbein, Jane Seymour

Holbein sir thomas more

Holbein, Sir Thomas More

Hans holbein erasmus

Hans Holbein, Erasmus

Bruegel children s games

Bruegel, Children’s Games

Children s games detail

Children’s Games, detail

Bruegel peasant wedding

Bruegel, Peasant Wedding

Peasant wedding detail

Peasant Wedding, detail

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The Blind Leading the Blind

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Brueghel The


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