Potd1 The Beginning

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Potd1 The Beginning

  1. 1. POTD - The Beginning The ‘Early Renaissance’ aka “Let’s Get It Started In Here!”
  2. 2. Howdy! <ul><li>Welcome to the first installment of the soon to be &quot;painting of the day&quot; email! </li></ul><ul><li>With these emails, you'll gain an understanding of painting and learn how to more effectively look at modern art. Unfortunately, I’d be robbing you of the foundation of your art history education if I didn't at least glaze over some of the stuff that's been accomplished by our talented and long-dead, white European ancestors! </li></ul><ul><li>Botticelli ‘Birth of Venus’ 1485 Tempera on Canvas 67 7/8 × 109 5/8 in </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Renaissance- The Boring Years <ul><li>I always hated the beginning of US History class because it always started the same way...with the Spanish! What a snoozer...every time! I wanted to get to the &quot;whites of their eyes&quot; and Boston Tea Party action. Well, I know what you're saying...and to that I say...“Quiet you! It’s learnin' time!“ </li></ul><ul><li>The Renaissance came into being, as many art movements do, as a reaction to the previous style/movement of art. The Middle Ages of Art were nasty boring times for the most part...paintings of empty eyed Jesi (Jesuses?) and Saints glared at the viewer showing a dearth of emotion and movement. Sweet! </li></ul><ul><li>No matter how much Mary repped the West Coast, her baby Jesus still looked like Billy Joel. </li></ul><ul><li>Madonna and Child </li></ul><ul><li>Berlinghiero (Italian) Circa 1228 </li></ul><ul><li>Tempera on Wood Panel </li></ul>
  4. 4. ***Early Renaissance All-Stars!*** <ul><li>I don’t want to get too far into this, because most early Renaissance painting is identified by it’s stiff awkward painting and stagnant biblical scenarios. There are though a few heavy hitters and wack jobs out there that I think you’ll find interesting. </li></ul><ul><li>In the beginning of the 1400’s, Europeans began learning more about ancient Rome and Greece (the classical periods). This began a reawakening of artistic, philosophical and scientific pursuits which resulted in the beginnings of the modern age. </li></ul><ul><li>Fra Angelico- The Annunciation 1432-43 </li></ul><ul><li>This painting illustrates Gabriel (the angel) telling Mary that she got knocked up by the ‘Big Playa in the Sky’ himself. </li></ul><ul><li>Note the composition of the painting and it’s extreme lack of dynamism, it’s sectioned off into thirds, vertically, while closing in top of the painting with the arches. The figures are wholly framed inside the columns making them about as exciting as an Excel spreadsheet. Here Madonna is curiously flashing more gang signs. Daaaaamn, she’s straight Gangsta! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Hieronymous Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” <ul><li>The Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych (a 3 panel piece with hinges that folds in upon itself) of VERY strange old school biblical subject matter. Experts over the years have studied this piece with many conflicting theories—here’s the gist- the triptych is 3 pieces in chronological order. When folded, the image is the earth on the 3 rd day of creation. When opened it is to be read sequentially...1 st panel is the creation of man, second is man gettin’ BUSY and the third is man getting punished in hell for it. Take that sex-getter! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Garden of Earthly Delights- outside <ul><li>When folded, the painting shows the earth on the third day of its creation (plants are present, but no animals or humans yet). The aforementioned ‘Big Playa in the Sky’ is up in the top left corner. The inscription reads: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Ipse dixit, et facta sunt: ipse mandávit, et creáta sunt&quot;— For he spake and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast </li></ul>
  7. 7. Garden of Earthly Delights- left panel <ul><li>Above is the detail of the left panel. Note the puppy/kangaroo hybrid next to the white giraffe. This entire painting has so much iconography and just plain weird shit, that I’m not really going to get into it. At the bottom, Adam and Eve are getting face time with The Big Playa (who is working a little magic on you-know-who). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Garden of Earthly Delights- Center Panel This piece shows people partaking in the Earthly Delights. It’s supposed to be about lust but if you look closely you’ll see: - A headless man petting a big fish -lots of people with fruit on their heads -birds feeding people -2 bodies that share one head...but the head is an owl. -A naked dude inside a giant mussel. (detail below)
  9. 9. Garden of Earthly Delights- Right panel (hell) <ul><li>Welcome to hell! I’ve hyperlinked the panel for closer perusal of damned afterlife. All those cats that were monkeying around in the second panel are paying for it now. There’s no fish petting here! </li></ul><ul><li>Below left is the ‘Prince of Hell’, this bird headed fellow eats the souls of corrupt clergy. Below center is a man with a pig/nun wife! </li></ul><ul><li>That Bosch was quite a card. </li></ul>
  10. 10. End. <ul><li>Thanks for exploring a kersmidgen of early Renaissance with me. It’s been quite a ride. I hope you’ve enjoyed this first installment of Jason’s Painting of the Day! Just remember, don’t dance around naked w/ your head co-joined with someone elses in the form of a big owl or a giant rabbit may eat you feet first. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a good day. </li></ul>

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