BY: Kam Cheatham
Firstly, my paper is on an Italian painter by the name of Paolo di Dono. He was born on December 10, 1397 in Florence Italy. His nickname Ucello came from his fondness for painting birds. In 1407 he was an apprintice at the age of ten in Lorenzo Ghiberti’s workshop. This was the center of Florintine art at the time. He became lifelong friends with an artist by the name of Donatello. Ghiberti was a big influence on Ucello’s life with his Life-Gothic narrative style and sculptural composition. Ucello was admitted to the painters’ guild Compagnia di San Lucca in 1414 and one year later joined the offical Florence Arte dei Medici e degli Speziali. He traveled to Venice to work on the mosaics of San Marco in 1425 but all of these works have been lost. Ucello married Tomassa Malifici and had his son, Donato (named after Donatello), in 1453. Then he had his daughter named Antonia in 1456. Ucello and his son Donato lived in Urbino in 1465 where they spent four years working for the Confraternity of Corpus Domini. He painted a Predella with the Miracle of the Profaned Host, part of a monument altarpiece. His wife told people that Paolo used to stay up all night in his study, trying to work out the vanishing points of his perspective, and that when she called him to come to bed he would say: “Oh what a lovely thing this perspective is!” He died in Florence on December 10, 1475.
Secondly, he did many works in his lifetime including the Green Stations of the Cross in 1446 for the church Santa Maria Novella. Ucello painted the Scenes of Monastic Life for the church San Miniato al Monte, in Florence. He painted his three best paintings in 1450 to 1456, which was The Battle of San Romano, the victory of the Florentine army over the Sienese in 1432, for the palazzo Medici in Florence. The three panels of the painting are Niccolò da Tolentino, Bernadino della Ciarda, and the Micheletto da Cotignola. He also painted The Hunt In The Forest where he showed the picture from the viewers’ eye level and shows the far distance. It makes the painting look three deminsianal by making us assume that the forest floor is flat even though it actually slopes upward. His Gothicizing tendency of Ucellos art is definitely apparent in Saint George and the Dragon in 1456.
Frieda Khalo was born in Mexico in 1910. She is known as one of the most important 20 th Century painters, and in 1983 her work was declared the property of the Mexican State. Although born in Mexico, Khalo is of mixed race, as her father was a German photographer, and her mother was a Mexican but of Indian extraction. I find this intriguing as when I see her face it has an unusual combination of ...
Thirdly, Ucello, with his precise and analytical mind, tried to apply a scientific method to depict objects in three-dimensional space. He brought the allusion of making a picture look as if it was going off in the distance but in reality, the land is really just sloping upward. Some of his studies of the perspective foreshortening of the torus are preserved, and he realized that this acquired insights in his paintings in form of the mazzocchio. Some of his works are text book when attempting this style. Even though most of his artwork has been destroyed over the years, his work is still well known across the world. His paintings influenced famous painters like Pier della Francesca, Albrecht Dürer and Leonardo da Vinci.
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Syllabus. 4 Mar. 2007
1) What was one of the paintings that Paolo completed?
a) Mona Lisa b) Last Supper
c) The Miritchilli d) The Battle of San Romano
2) Where was Ucello born?
Asher Lev This story is about a Jewish boy from Brooklyn, who's talent is painting. He introduces himself as a young man struggling with inner conflict between his religious upbringing and his extraordinary God-given gift that cannot be controlled and seems to possess a spirit all it own. He can not explain why he feels he must paint, and does not like the fact that he hurts everyone he loves, and ...
a) Italy b) Spain
c) Rome d) Russia