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Boticelli, Primavera (Spring), 1478 Boticelli worked for the court of Medici family This is more like a tapestry – no 1-point perspective Not Christian it’s an allegory – Greek/Roman myths for source but no stories – just references Subject and mimesis were both different & new
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Da Vinci, Last Supper, ca. 1495-1498 He began his career in Florence This is at the end of a monastery’s dining hall Most significant meal in Christianity Ruined condition – because this was an experiment not just subject matter, but also the technique fresco & dry layer One point perspective – attention/focus on Christ’s head – spiritual focus too Judas’s head the only one in shadow, or face unseen
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Albrecht Durer, Self Portrait, 1500 Representative – looks out as us confrontationally - assertive Establishes some sort of relationship between him and viewer Inscription in Latin – but he doesn’t know Latin Careful attention to mimesis Suggest 3 dimensionality Suggests presence of something that is absent Presence of the artist – what message? how much it resembles “holy face of Christ” Has to do with new age of art It’s as much about the making, the procedures, as it is about the end result He is placing himself in role of Christ? Sacrilegious? Unusual creativity Analogous to god’s creations
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Michelangelo, David, ca. 1501-04 Renaissance masterpiece Located – piazza – civic part of city – Florence is like David (underdog) Now in a museum (replaced by copy of statue in piazza) Many celebrations; seat of Florentine government; David guards piazza Can’t understand David or piazza without the other Erudite – Michelangelo knew about point of view and distance Must make hair much bigger; show hair Precious – marble – heavy and fragile Marvelous – no replication can show the luminosity Crystals underneath surface of marble reflect light – seems alive Inventive – his skills amazed people Facial expression – determination Hand – casual, but full of power
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Da Vinci. Mona Lisa . 1503-7 Not particularly located, erudite, or precious So why is it a masterpiece? Not considered one when it was made Detail of face – no lines on face – forehead to hairline Other da Vinci pieces – perfect geometry in faces Fell into hands of French king – nearly unseen for centuries Became famous after book by Vasari came out Someone sketched it, others saw Became famous Was stolen from museum – lots of publicity Then became more famous for being famous
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Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, interior, 1508-12 Different panels on the ceiling, show hundreds of figures Ribs cover the wall and ceiling – cross-ribs – jointed architecture But Michelangelo added illusionistic details to the architecture, to make it look like stone molding Subjects include Genesis stories, prophets, sibyls, and naked youths
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