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500 years in 30 minutes. The Renaissance through Conceptual Art. Renaissance Early 1500’s – Centered in Italy. Significant artists –Leonardo da Vinci, Micheangelo Buonarroti, Raphael Culmination of one of the greatest explosions of creative genius in history

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  1. 500 years in 30 minutes The Renaissance through Conceptual Art

  2. RenaissanceEarly 1500’s – Centered in Italy • Significant artists –Leonardo da Vinci, Micheangelo Buonarroti, Raphael • Culmination of one of the greatest explosions of creative genius in history • Characterized by renewed interest in ancient Greek and Roman art and design • Emphasis on human beings, science, philosophy • Divided into Early Renaissance, High Renaissance, and Northern Renaissance

  3. Mona LisaLeonardo da Vinci1503-1506

  4. The Virgin and Child With St. AnneC. 1510Leonardo Da Vinci

  5. The Sistine Chapel ceiling(detail)Michelangelo1508-1512

  6. The betrothal of the virginRaphaelc. 1500

  7. Mannerism1550’s – 1590’s • Significant artists include: El Greco, Michelagelo Buonarroti, Paolo Veronese • Rejected calm balance of Renaissance in favor of emotion and distortion • High degree of technical accomplishment, but criticized for being formulaic, theatrical, and overly stylized • Characterized by complex composition, muscular figures, complex poses

  8. Battle of Lepanto Paolo Veronese c. 1576

  9. Christ on the Cross adored by Donorsc. 1585-1590El Greco

  10. The Vision of Saint JohnEl Greco1608-1614

  11. Baroqueemerged around 1600 centered in Europe • Significant artists include: Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer • Reaction against the intricate and formulaic Mannerist style of the late Renaissance • Baroque is less complex and more realistic than Mannerism • Movement was supported by the Catholic Church (most important patron of the arts at the time)

  12. The LacemakerJan Vermeer

  13. Young Woman with a Water PitcherJohannes Vermeer 1660-1667

  14. The MusiciansCaravaggio c. 1595

  15. Old Man with a Gold ChainRembrandt c. 1631

  16. Tiger, lion and leopard HuntPeter Paul Rubens c. 1616

  17. Rococo1700’s • Significant artists include: Jean-Antoine Watteau, Francois Boucher, Guillaume Coustou I • Emphasis on portraying the carefree life of the aristocracy • Love and romance were considered favored subject matter over historical or religious subjects • Characterized by: free graceful movement, delicate colors, playful use of line

  18. View through the Trees in the Park of Pierre CrozatJean Antoine Watteau c. 1715

  19. The Interrupted SleepFrancois Boucher 1750

  20. Kaisersaal ResidenzBalthasar Neumann1719-1744

  21. Neoclassicismmid-1800’s-early 1900’s • Significant artists include Benjamin West, Antonio Canova, Jacques-Lous David • Severe, unemotional form of art that harkens back to style of ancient Greece and Rome • Rigidity is a reaction to overbred Rococo/Baroque styles

  22. The Oath of the HorattiiJacques-Louis David1784

  23. Moses Shown the Promised LandBenjamin West 1801

  24. The Death of SocratesJacques Louis David 1787

  25. Romanticismlate 1800’s – early 1900’s • Significant artists include: J.M.W. Turner, William Blake, John Constable • Best described as “anti-Classicism” • Reaction against Neoclassicism • Style is individualistic, beautiful, exotic, emotionally wrought • Although very different, some artists used elements of both Romanticism and Neoclassicism in their work

  26. NebuchadnezzarWilliam Blake 1795

  27. Cloud Study: Stormy SunsetJohn Constable 1821-1822

  28. Fishing Boats with HuckstersBargaining for FishJ.M.W. Turner 1837-1838

  29. Impressionism1860’s-1880’s centered in France • Significant artists include: Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir • A light, spontaneous manner of painting • Attempts to capture the subjective impression of light in a scene • Naturalistic and down-to-earth treatment of subject matter

  30. Two dancers on stageEdgar Degas1872

  31. Haystack at GivernyClaude Monet 1886

  32. The Rower’s LunchPierre Auguste Renoir 1875

  33. Post Impressionism1880-1900 centered in France • Significant artists include: Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Henri Rousseau • An umbrella term used by a variety of artists who were influenced by Impressionism, but who took their art in different directions • Generally less casual and more emotional than Impressionist work

  34. Self-PortraitVincent Van Gogh1886-1887

  35. The Alyscamp, ArlesPaul Gauguin1888

  36. The Repast of the LionHenri Rousseau c. 1907

  37. Pointillism1880’s centered in France • Significant artists include: Georges Seurat, Camille Pissarro, Maximilien Luce • Is an offshoot of Impressionism and is usually categorized as a type of Post-Impressionism • Uses optical blending so that tiny primary color dots appear to generate secondary colors • Brushwork is of great importance

  38. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande JatteGeorges Seurat 1884-1886

  39. Morning, InteriorMaximilien Luce 1890

  40. Fauvism1898-1908 • Significant artists include: Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Raoul Dufy (sometimes categorized as a Cubist) • Grew out of Pointillism and Post Impressionism, but is more primitive and less naturalistic • Bold colors are characteristic of this movement • Was a short-lived movement, but was an important influence on the Expressionists

  41. IcarusHenri Matisse1947

  42. Nasturtiums with the Painting “Dance”Henri Matisse1912

  43. Carnival in PerpignanRaoul Dufy 1947

  44. The StudioGeorges Braque 1939

  45. American Regionalism(part of 20th century Realism reinvented)1930’s • Significant artists include: Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry • Rural artists primarily from the Midwest • Not a coordinated movement, but artists shared a humble antimodernist style • Favored subject matter was every day life

  46. American GothicGrant Wood1930

  47. Upper ManhattanThomas Hart Bentonc. 1917

  48. Oak TreeJohn Steuart Curry1939

  49. Expressionism1905 – 1940’s centered in Germany • Significant artists include: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Edvard Munch • Intention is not to reproduce a subject accurately, but to portray in such a way to express the inner state of the artist • Was influenced by other emotionally-charged styles such as Fauvism and Cubism