Art History Feb. 27 Lecture

Art History Feb. 27 Lecture - Introduction to Art History...

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Introduction to Art History February 27, 2008 Italian Renaissance Art Artists back then were considered craftsmen much unlike today (look at last times lecture for more). The return of the classical contrapossto pose returns with Donatello’s DAVID. Lorenzo Medici was a great humanist and a man a lot of people loved, and he gathered artists and philosophers around him in salons to have discussions. David is the first freestanding, male nudity statue since antiquity. The nude body was considered indecent and inappropriate unless it was depicting a Biblical text or story. The nudity in this statue is to show vulnerability. It shows that it wasn’t him, but God’s intervention, that helped him achieve victory, which made it ok for him to be nude. In Verrocchio’s David, he seems more fit, has no hat (which meant you were poor in those days), Goliath’s head is more prominent and he seems more powerful. Yet, they are both very young and very skinny young boys. Another commission by the Medici is the Birth of Venus by Botticelli. It is a purely pagan work of art. She is born of the sea and is blown by the west winds and being met by the goddess of the fruits and trees.
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