Slide List, Monday, February 25, 2008
Padua, Italy, ca. 1305-
compared with Lorenzetti.
, detail from
Effects of Good Government
in the City and in the Country
, Sienna, Italy, 1338-1339.
After there was a decline in
this kind of art. These two painters indicate the Renaissance. Late Gothic or early
Renaissance? Renaissance means rebirth. It also suggests things about science and
philosophy, Greek Philosophers especially. Florence is the first place that the Renaissance
began. In the 14
century, a rich city was Florence.
.. they had a lot of pride in their city,
textile production, metal making, and people who were interested art and those who made
Sacrifice of Issac
Idea of a bronze door that was the
pride of the city and contests would go on to see who could make the best plaque. Florence’s
sacrifice to their pride and love for their city. Dramatic. You can’t see the kind of movement
going on. The proportions of the body are much less believable. Sturdy and violent, lunging
quality. No naturalism in this relief sculpture.
Sacrifice of Issac
Composition is complex and Brunellischi’s isn’t. A lot of force going into the spear into
person. The classic S pose is in this Classic form of representation and more naturalistic.
Impressive composition throughout the whole door. He won the competition because he had
more qualities and values of life at this period of time. Ghiberti was a trained goldsmith
and painter and you had to go through the guild to be a licensed goldsmith. He works with
cast medal and knows how to render the proportions of the body, etc.
Ghiberti, “Gates of Paradise”. East doors, baptistery of San Giovanni, Florence,
He spent more than 20 years (his whole career) designing and making
these doors. He did it entirely on his own, not following anyone else’s orders.
Testament stories. Is an artist like God?
These doors are our start of the history of Renaissance Art. This is the basis of our
naturalism and shifting point. After this point, painters are deliberately not to be
naturalistic or naturalism is a must in what