Self-Portraits September 20th – October 6th
What is a Portrait? A portrait is typically defined as a representation of a specific individual, such as the artist might meet in life. A portrait does not merely record someone’s features, however, but says something about who he or she is, offering a vivid sense of a real person’s presence.
Medieval Portraiture The earliest Renaissance portraits were not paintings in their own right but rather important inclusions in pictures of Christian subjects. In medieval art, donors were frequently portrayed in the altarpieces or wall paintings that they commissioned. Initial G: Saint Blaise (detail) Master of the Murano GradualItalian, Venice, about 1450–60Tempera and gold on parchment
“In contrast to modern portraiture, which strives to capture the accurate likeness of a specific person, medieval portraiture was primarily valued for its ability to express an individual's social status, religious convictions, or political position. Medieval portrait painters, rather than reproducing the precise facial features of their subjects, often identified individuals by depicting their clothing, heraldry, or other objects related to them. The goal of medieval portraiture was to present a subject not at a particular moment in time, but as the person wished to be remembered through the ages.” Source: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/power_piety/
Terms • Value • Stippling • Cross hatching • Grid technique
Value Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. With the absence of color, value can be shown in stepped shades of gray. Artists use different values to give flat, two-dimensional shapes a three-dimensional appearance. Gradual changes in value is called shading.
Stippling & Cross-Hatching • Stippling is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots. Such a pattern may occur in nature and these effects are frequently emulated by artists. • Hatching (hachure in French) is an artistic technique used to create tonal or shading effects by drawing (or painting or scribing) closely spaced parallel lines.
Grid Technique https://youtu.be/fpApu_nzWuw
6th Grade – Self-Portrait • Requirements: • Incorporate a poem written by you or a poem that inspires you. • Materials: • Pencil and colored pencils
7th Grade – Self-Portrait Requirements: • Incorporate a poem written by you or a poem that inspires you. • Find poem to use by Friday (September 22nd) • Materials: Pen and Ink (Sharpies)
8th Grade – Self-Portrait Requirements: • Incorporate a poem written by you, a favorite poem and/or favorite lyrics into your self portrait. • Find poem/lyric to use by Friday (September 22nd) Materials: • Colored pencil, colored markers, sharpies, pencils
Mona Lisa (Italian Renaissance) Leonardo da Vinci’s celebrated portrait of Mona Lisa increases the sense of connection between sitter and viewer by placing the hands on the window ledge; the enigmatic smile departs from the perfect composure seen elsewhere. (ca. 1503–5; Musée du Louvre, Paris),
Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione Raphael’s widely imitated Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione uses the half-length format seen in the Mona Lisa but tightens the focus on the sitter by highlighting his lively face against a softly lit gray backdrop. (It depicts Raphael's friend, the diplomat and humanist Baldassare Castiglione, who is considered an example of the High Renaissance gentleman)
Donatello’s & Michelangelo’s ‘David’ Donatello’s David: Shown after the victorious moment after he defeats Goliath. (Depicted as youthful and virtuous) Michelangelo’s David: Depicts David carrying a slingshot over his shoulder before the battle – he is tense yet stands relaxed, yet alert. His face is bold, yet thoughtful.