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Sample visual analysis

  1. 1. Visual Analysis Artist: Unknown Title: Enthroned Madonna and Child Date: 13th century Medium: tempera on panel Collection: National Gallery of Art URL: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/ features/slideshows/byzantine-artand-painting-in-italy-during-the1200s-and-1300s.html# THESIS: I found this painting on the National Gallery website, and I think it exemplifies both the Italo-Byzantine and Proto-Renaissance styles of painting.
  2. 2. The Italo-Byzantine characteristics include the gold background, and the unrealistic sense of space The Virgin’s face looks like a typical Byzantine icon with her long thin nose, almond shaped eyes, and tiny mouth There is also very little modeling with light and shade: the Virgin's robes are defined by sharp gold linear patterns The proportions of the figures are very unrealistic: they are tall, slender, and elongated
  3. 3. But there is also the beginning of an interest in representing the Virgin more naturalistically, which makes this work ProtoRenaissance The diagonal lines of the throne create a rudimentary sense of depth the Virgin's knees project outward from the picture, making her seem more threedimensional and physically real There is also some modeling with light and shade on the Virgin's face, as well as on the Christ Child's face
  4. 4. The painting reminds me of Cimabue's Santa Trinita Madonna, and seems to have a similar blend of old and new. Cimabue, Madonna Enthroned with Angels and Prophets, c. 12801290

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