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Renaissance Art & Writing. European Renaissance & Reformation. Classical & Worldly values. Humanism : movement which focuses on human potential & achievements Secular : worldly rather than spiritual; concerned with the here & now Patrons of the arts financially supported artists.

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classical worldly values
Classical & Worldly values
  • Humanism: movement which focuses on human potential & achievements
  • Secular: worldly rather than spiritual; concerned with the here & now
  • Patrons of the arts financially supported artists
renaissance writers change literature
Renaissance writers change literature
  • Writing in the vernacular: native language instead of Latin
    • Influential writers in Italy include Dante, Petrarch
    • Niccolo Machiavelli writesThe Prince: examines how a ruler can gain & keep power

Everyone thinks I’m a jerk! But I’m not!

the northern renaissance
The Northern Renaissance
  • Northern writers try to reform society
    • Desiderius Erasmus & Thomas More = Christian humanists
    • Thomas More writes Utopia: tries to show a better model of society
printing press spreads ideas
Printing Press spreads ideas
  • Johann Gutenberg develops a printing press with new technologies
    • Printing press makes it possible to produce books quickly & cheaply

I have two beards in one!

slide6

Changes in Society

    • Printing made information available & inexpensive for society at large
    • Availability of books prompted increased desire for learning & a rise in literacy throughout Europe
    • Published accounts of maps, discoveries, & charts led to further discoveries
    • Published legal proceedings made laws clear so people could understand their rights
    • Christian humanists’ attempts to reform society changed views about how life should be lived
    • People began to question political structures & religious practices
slide7

The Legacy of the Renaissance

  • Changes in the Arts
    • Art drew on techniques & styles of classical Greece & Rome
    • Paintings & sculptures portrayed individuals & nature in more lifelike ways
    • Artists created works that were secular as well as works that were religious
    • Writers began to use vernacular languages to express their ideas
    • The arts praised individual achievement
characteristics 1 realism expression
Characteristics: 1. Realism & Expression
  • Expulsion fromthe Garden
  • Masaccio
  • 1427
  • First nudes sinceclassical times.
2 perspective
2. Perspective
  • The Trinity
  • Masaccio
  • 1427

First use of linear perspective!

3 classicism
3. Classicism
  • Greco-Roman influence.
  • Secularism.
  • Humanism.
  • Individualism  free standing figures.
  • Symmetry/Balance

The “Classical Pose”Medici “Venus”

4 selfies
Batista Sforza & Federico de Montefeltre: The Duke & Dutchess of Urbino

Pierodella Francesca, 1465-1466.

4. Selfies
5 geometrical arrangement of figures
5. Geometrical Arrangement of Figures
  • The Dreyfus Madonna with the Pomegranate
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • 1469
  • The figure as architecture!
how do you know if an artwork is good
How do you know if an artwork is good?
  • Use the 4 steps in art criticism.
    • Description
    • Analysis
    • Interpretation
    • Evaluation
while viewing artwork ask yourself
While viewing artwork ask yourself….
  • What do I see? (Description)
  • How is the work organized? (Analysis)
  • What is the artist saying? (Interpretation)
  • In this a successful work of art? (Judgment)
1 description what do i see
1.) Description (What do I See?)
  • Make a list of all the things you see in the work.
  • You must be objective, list only the facts.
  • Include the size of the work and medium used, color, line, shading, focal point etc.

American Gothic, 1930; Oil on beaverboard; 74.3 x 62.4 cm; Friends of American Art Collection, 1930.934

2 analysis how is the work organized
2.) Analysis (How is the work organized?)
  • You are still collecting facts, however, attention is paid to the elements and principles.
  • You discover how the work is organized.
3 interpretation what is the artist saying
3.) Interpretation(What is the artist saying?)
  • You will explain or tell the meaning or mood of the work. It is in this step that you can make guesses.
4 judgment is this a successful work of art
4.) Judgment(Is this a successful work of art?)
  • You determine the degree of artistic merit.
  • This is the time to give your opinions.
homework yes it will be checked graded
HOMEWORK…..Yes It Will Be Checked & Graded

Part 1: Go to Biography.com

List 4 facts about each painter on the back of your chart

Part 2 Go to http://www.artcyclopedia.com/

Pick ONE of the famous paintings/sculptures today & give the history behind it!

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