HighRenaissance - Review Questions 1 What is the Vitruvian...

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Review Questions 1. What is the Vitruvian Man? Describe this piece of art, including who the artist was and why this artwork is important. Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man was done in ink on paper, the drawing shows the human figure combined with geometry. The figure represents the ideal proportions for a man based on ancient architecture proportions.This drawing blends together art and science in ways that are characteristic of the Renaissance period. In the notes around the drawing, da Vinci connects the measurements or proportions of man to items in nature and to other body parts. 2. What is sfumato? What effect does it have in a painting? Leonardo Da Vinci uses a fine haze, called sfumato,in the painting, which creates greater warmth around the figures and gives the scene a more dream-like appearance. The setting is unusual and it may have some symbolic meaning, although art scholars are not sure what this might be. 3. What are the characteristics of Mannerism? How does this style compare to that of the High Renaissance? Mannerism is referred to as artists creating "shallow" imitations of the art in the High Renaissance."Mannerism" was first used to refer to the style of Michelangelo's work after about 1520, including the art he created in the Medici Chapel. This represents an important aspect of Mannerism. It didn't discard Renaissance style as much as it took that style and began to experiment and innovate. Mannerism art is difficult to characterize fully because of this experimentation, and not all art scholars agree which artists and art should even be considered Mannerist. In fact, the term
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