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The Introducer Slide 14-5: Baptism. Closeup of the angels Recall that Alberti, in his Della pittura, gives some suggestions for history paintings, or istoria . ". . . I like there to be someone in the 'istoria' who tells the spectators what is going on, and either beckons them with his hand to look, or with ferocious expressions and forbidding glance challenges them not to come near, as if he wished their business to be secret, or points to some danger or remarkable thing in the picture, or by his gestures invites you to laugh or weep with them." In the Baptism , this role is filled by the three angels, one of whom makes eye contact with the viewer.
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Madonna del Parto Slide 14-6: C. 1496. Fisher p. 47 Piero's fondness for the square format and for symmetry is again shown here. Note the two angels are practically mirror images.
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Vision of Constantine Slide 14-7: Vision of the Emperor Constantine , from Legend of the True Cross, c. 1450. S. Francesco, Arrezo (Cat. 2449) According to Baxandall, an obvious way for a painter to invoke the gauger's response
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Unformatted text preview: was to use the repertory of stock objects from gauging exercises - cisterns, columns, towers, paved floors, and so on. Almost every math handbook had an exercise to compute the surface area of a conical tent like the one in this painting, to find the amount of cloth needed to make it. A painter who left traces of such analysis was leaving cues that his public was well equipped to pick up. Also, the geometric figure functions as an Albertian mediator between artist and merchant, a similar function performed by the angel in the Baptism , and by the seated man in this painting. Also, the tent pole and the horizontal band on the tent form a Latin cross , another familiar shape to act as mediator. Also noteworthy is: the highly foreshortened angel, who enters the scene from the viewer's space. Light bursts from him bathing the scene. Night scenes were very rare in painting at this time....
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