Type of Painting: Tempera on wood
By Giotto (Pre-Ren) 1310
This painting by Giotto, displays a lot of similar traits in characters. All of the angels’ faces in the background are the same size as the angels who are located in the front of Madonna’s throne. There is some shadowing present on the top of the picture¹. This indicates poor depth that doesn’t outline the characters’ surroundings. There is little perspective shown because the Madonna and the Baby are overly enlarged². There are many halos that surround the main characters³. Madonna, the Baby, and the angels indicate religion in this painting. Overall the theme of the painting is very serious, without any emotion on any of the characters’ faces.
Lamentation Over Jesus
Type of Painting: Tempera on wood
By Giotto (Pre-Ren) 1305
The painting above shows some perspective because the angels and the tree are smaller than the characters in the front¹. This painting shows some shadowing on top of the trees branches². This lacks purpose of the tree but probably symbolizes ashes or dark times. There is also shadowing shown on the characters’ clothes². This shows the movement and the way the body is positioned. It is religious because Jesus is in this picture, accompanied by angels and people wearing halos. There are a lot of different emotions shown on the characters’ faces³. Some of the emotions are frustration, sadness, grief, and death. Overall this painting is not realistic because angels are floating in the sky and Jesus’ body is misshaped. It is bigger and longer than anyone’s in this painting.
Black Madonnas Many of the ancient images of the Virgin Mary are portrayed with dark skin. They are called Black Madonnas. This term is applied to any dark skin colored representation of Mary and specifies the artwork of African or African American artists for people of the same or similar cultures. This term also refers to skin tones in the portraits of Mary and Jesus. They lived in a hot climate ...
Madonna of the Magnifocat
Type of Painting: Tempera on panel
By Sandro Botticelli (Early Ren.) 1485
This painting shows a lot of detail in color and depth. The sunshine on top of The Madonna casts a lot of shadowing down on the characters surrounding her, and the Baby as well¹. The character’s faces are very different and are very realistic. No characters in this painting are alike and this shows great individuality². This painting lacks emotion and is very dull in expressions. There is a background in this picture, which indicates perspective³. This shows how far away the characters in the front are from the environmental background. Once again, this painting is very religious because Madonna is the main character of this theme. This painting shows how the human bodies drawn have greatly improved over time.
Type of Painting: Fresco
By Masaccio 1426-28 (Early Ren.)
The Tribute Money painting is involved in a very classical theme. The building in this picture is constructed in an Ancient Roman design¹. It also shows perspective and how the characters stand out in front of it. The clothes in this painting are shadowed, which dramatizes the style of the characters’ actions². The backround of this picture symbolizes depth³. This includes some shadowing of the environmental detail². There is a lot of emotion expressed in the peoples’ faces, which include selfishness, confusion and frustration. Once again, this painting is very religious due to the halos that appear on the characters’ heads. Jesus is also involved.
The Virgin, Child, and St. Anne
Type of Painting: Oil on wood
By Leonrado Da Vinci 1510 (High Ren.)
This painting is an extraordinary example of the new High Renaissance style. This picture uses shadowing in the background and in the lower left corner of the characters¹. This makes the images stand out more and capture a realistic effect. There is a lot of perspective in this painting because you can easily make out that the tree is far away from the people in the front². This painting also gives off a 3D effect and uses depth in the characters’ faces³. The faces of the characters are not alike and are very human. It also shows depth by the different sizes of the characters painted. The emotion and theme of this painting is still religious and very peaceful. The characters seem pleased with life and the background is very natural. This painting is a huge improvement in detail and accuracy.
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The Alba Madonna
Type of Painting: Oil on canvas
By Raphael Santi 1511 (High Ren.)
This painting is an involvement of religion to nudes with yet the same powerful message. This picture has no emotion at all and gives off the expression of seriousness. One of the babies is holding a cross, which symbolizes religion¹. The characters painted are very human like and their faces and bodies are very different. The background of this painting shows great perspective of the distance from the characters in front from the lake². Shadowing is also very accurately used to make the Alba Madonna stand out while she sits in a chair. There is also shadowing behind the chair which makes the characters pop out of its surroundings³. This painting is very realistic in the impression of the environment painted and the human traits implied. It is very accurate in posture and body language.
The School of Athens
Type of Painting: Fresco
By Raphael Santi 1509-10 (High Ren.)
This painting is very classical and secular. The image gives off a scholarly impression with characters all over the painting learning¹. Each individual character shows different emotion and is personalized by different clothes. There is a lot of perspective and depth used in the arches of the background². You can easily see that the further the arches are, the smaller they are. Each character possesses a different body expression and facial expression. No one in this painting is the same, yet every character is human and realistic. This painting also uses a lot of shadowing to give off a 3D image. The sun rays that are hit against the wall create a great depth³. This painting is not like anything drawn in the High Renaissance. It shows great individuality in style and the image itself is very extraordinary.
Ognisanti Madonna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Tempera On Wood – Giotto
Lamentation Over Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . 2
The Renaissance was known as a period of revival or rebirth of cultural awareness and learning that took place during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and, perhaps most of all, as an era of the individual. During the Renaissance, art was a branch of knowledge – a way to showcase God and his creations, science, anatomy, discoveries and to inspire people to take pleasure in the world ...
Tempera On Wood – Giotto
Madonna of the Magnifocat . . . . . . . . . 3
Tempera On Panel – Sandro Botticelli
Tribute Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Fresco – Masaccio
The Virgin, Child, and St. Anne . . . . . . 5
Oil On Wood – Leonardo Da Vinci
The Alba Madonna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Oil On Canvas – Raphael Santi
The School of Athens . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Fresco – Raphael Santi
To begin with, the Renaissance was a time of new talent and evolvement of secularity in paintings and pictures. Religion was still applied in many paintings, but it was not as obvious as in the Pre-Renaissance paintings which used halos and crosses. Consequently, this was the period of evolution in art and the way people thought about life. Worldly pleasures were commonly followed in any activity or event held during the Renaissance. All in all, it transformed everything, including the religious people and the religions of that time.
The Renaissance was separated into three categories: The Pre-Renaissance, The Early-Renaissance, and The High-Renaissance. To begin with, the Pre-Renaissance was very inaccurate when it came to painting humans and objects. No one knew how to imply perspective, depth, or shadowing into paintings yet, which made them very dull. Similarly with the Early-Renaissance, the paintings improved in perspective slightly but artist still were not precise in the body shapes of characters drawn and their dimensions. The Early-Renaissance learned to use more colors and less similarity of expression in faces. As time passed, it was still not perfect before the High-Renaissance time took over. The High Renaissance was an extraordinary period of the artistic culture. The characters were amazingly realistic in paintings, secularity was almost always used, depth and shadowing were implied to every inch of the backgrounds, and the images appeared 3D. This was the greatest period in history because people dramatically improved on how they saw life itself. Every preserved piece of art is now a symbol of human achievements from the Renaissance. It inspires us all in the world still today, and the meaning of “rebirth” has a new definition.
Comparing Medieval and Rennaisance Paintings In the following essay I shall compare and contrast paintings from the medieval and renaissance period. Medieval paintings were very realistic and precise. The king in the painting is in the middle, and anything painted in the middle is the center of attraction or the important object in the painting. To prove this theory, I looked at the painting and ...
To summarize, The Renaissance was a brave step into introducing individuality of art into the world. No painting looked alike although some were similar in lacking depth. Even since, we are all opening up with artistic talents everyday. It still puts anyone at awe when they look at the ancient masterpieces of Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.