9-28-07 - Durer engraving from 1514 • Idea of an...

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Durer engraving from 1514 Idea of an artist’s state of mind Idea of genius, consequences when you cannot produce The creative impulse is a double-edged sword Melancholy was much-feared and debilitating Counter-Reformation Italy recovers from Mannerism, and the political backlash The Reformation In the north Portinari commissions an altarpiece o Good deed, represents wealth, etc Shift in scale Characteristic depiction of space Plane tilted so figures feel like they’re falling out No linear perspective box Open jaw, slack-jaw figures with slimy teeth Attention to ordinary people Landscape in background is typical of northern region, steeply pitched roves Still-life in the foreground, violets for virgin’s humility, other symbolic flowers etc. Could really paint light coming through water, real attention to light and the way it reacts to different things Meticulous depiction of still-life Reformers see worshiping statues as idols, representations hold too much power. Power of image is bad, images prayed to instead of prompted feelings of devotion
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