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Chapter 16: Renaissance & Baroque Europe. Miss McAlpine Week 6. What are we doing?. Syllabus updated Head count for Warhol Review previous material Introduce Renaissance. Comparison. Greeks  focused on idealized physical form Romans  emphasized physical accuracy

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what are we doing
What are we doing?
  • Syllabus updated
  • Head count for Warhol
  • Review previous material
  • Introduce Renaissance
  • Greeks  focused on idealized physical form
  • Romans  emphasized physical accuracy
  • Middle Ages  focused on spiritual concerns rather than physical existence
  • Renaissance  portrayed Christian subjects in human terms
  • Shift in attitude from religious dedication of the Middle Ages to the new philosophical, literary, and artistic movement – called humanism
  • Shift from God and the hereafter to humankind and the here and now
  • Renaissance = rebirth
the renaissance in italy1
The Renaissance in Italy
  • Italy was the principle homeland of the Renaissance
  • Artists sought to integrate Christian spiritual traditions with rational ordering of physical life
  • Began intense study of anatomy and light
  • Linear perspective – based on the fact that parallel lines or edges appear to converge and objects appear smaller as the distance between them and the viewer increases
  • Brought Greek ideal of human into Christian context
  • Works:
    • “David”
    • “Mary Magdalene”
medici family
Medici Family
  • Dominated the life of Florence and Tuscany with great political skill and certain wealthiness
  • It is thought that “David” was commissioned for this family
  • Commissioned “Birth of Venus”
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The High Renaissance
  • 1490-1530
  • Reached peak of accomplishments in Florence, Rome and Venice
  • Developed style of art that was calm, balanced, and idealized
  • Christian theology + Greek philosophy + science of the day
leonardo da vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
  • Motivated by strong curiosity and belief in the human ability to understand the physical world
  • Believed art and science came to the same end – knowledge
  • Kept many journals
    • “Babe in Womb”
  • “Mona Lisa”
  • “The Last Supper”
michelangelo buonarroti
Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Works of art:
    • “David”
    • “The Sistine Chapel”
  • Warmth and gentleness in contrast to Leonardo’s Solitary
  • Most expressive is the clarity and balance, which marked the art of the period
  • Paintings present his awareness of the divine in humans
pope leo x
Pope Leo X
  • Medici ascendant
  • Wanted to illustrate important events in the “Acts of the Apostles”

“Paul Preaching at Athens” by Raphael

the renaissance in northern europe
The Renaissance in Northern Europe
  • Interest in realism arose in Northern Europe
  • Artists to look at:
    • Jan van Eyck
    • Albrecht Durer
    • Lindbourg Brothers
jan van eyck
Jan van eyck
  • Leading painter in Flanders (present day Belgium)
  • One of the first to use Oil paints
  • Painted detail, illusion of depth, directional light, mass, rich textures

“Les Tres Riches Heues du Duc de Berry”

From “The Book of Hours”


The Limbourg Brothers

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Late Renaissance in Italy
  • Later in 16th cent. Architects made a deliberate effort to rethink and extend classical rules



  • Dramatic use of light, scale and composition
  • Art often appeals to emotion first
  • Foreshortening