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Week3.15th century italian renaissance overview


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Week3.15th century italian renaissance overview

  1. 1. 15TH CENTURY ART INEUROPEThe Early Renaissance1400—1499 CE
  2. 2. Geography of FocusCity-Statesare growingmore stableand more incontact withinternationalcultures, i.e.Arabic cultureRepublicanStates (led bythe ―people‖)are forming—Venice,Florence
  3. 3. Florence, The Center of theRenaissanceA focus fortrade as youhave tointersect it toget W-E andN-S
  4. 4. Guiding Events and Figures These may be political, scientific, literary, philosophical, religious Johan Gutenberg invents the printing press in 1455  Between 1456 and 1500, more books published than had been copied in the previous thousand years ca. 1495, Savonarola takes control of Florence
  5. 5. Reflections of the Age LITERATURE PHILOSOPHY Petrarchan Sonnet  Niccolo Machiavelli’s  14lines of sestet and  The Prince octet based on  Emphasizes the need mathematical to be feared rather proportion and than loved, if one harmony cannot be both  Reducibleratios of 4:4 and 3:3 (each 1:1)
  6. 6. Guiding Question…What makes man great? Power (the Medici) Humanism Imitation (the Guilds and Apprentices) Reason and Mathematical Harmony Religious Piety through PortraitureHow people answer this question depends on their social status,profession, political position, and philosophical point of view.
  7. 7. Political PowerWhat makes  Civic Dutyman great?  One’s responsibility is to give back to the community  From everyone who has been given much, much will be required –New American Standard Bible 1995  Much of what is commissioned is propogandic—serves the agenda of the patron first and foremost
  8. 8. Guilds or ArtiSecular corporations that controlled city trade Arte di Calimala (wool) Arte del Cambio (banking) Arte della Seta (silk and bronze)Social networks that provided public services Ospedale Degli InnocentiPolitical engines that run civic government
  9. 9. Or San Michele, Florence, ItalyMany artists of the early Renaissance will be responsible for filling the niches with commissioned works of art.
  10. 10. The Medici FamilyPortraits of Cosimo and Lorenzo by Bronzino and Vasari, respectively
  11. 11. The MediciDe facto rulers of Florence (they are notelected or royal)Bankers to the PapacyCommission architecture, paintings, andsculpture to present an identity of an educated,powerful, and religiously pious family
  12. 12. Father of Humanism Petrarch, 1304—72
  13. 13. HumanismWhat makes  Emphasis on Reasonman great?  Emphasis on his ability to observe the natural world as a manifestationThat he is anindividual. of the DIVINE  Emphasis on individual achievements (rather than on the collective)  Education key to righteousness  Classical Education  Greco-Roman arts and texts
  14. 14. Donatello’s David  First male nude since ancient history  Based on proportion  Heroic, idealized figure  Biblical character used to personify individual triumph  Stance is the contropposto  Balanced  Natural stance
  16. 16. Brunelleschi’s Florentine Duomo, ca. 1400Influenced by Brunelleschi’s travels to Rome with his friend DonatelloInspired by the PantheonBased on mathematical formulae
  17. 17. Roman InfluenceDuomo, Florence, Italy Pantheon, Rome, Italy
  18. 18. Mathematically ReasonedBased onthe ratios6:4:2:3Compare toGuillaumeDufay’smusicalcomposition,NuperRosarumFlores
  19. 19. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus  Secular image of Roman mythological figures  Venus, the Greek Aphrodite  Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty  Reference to Venus Pudica
  20. 20. Venus Pudica, Massimo, ItalyA TypeA ModestVenusGoddessactinghumanly—the divinemadematerial
  21. 21. Alberti’s, Sant’Andrea, Mantua, Italy Façade informed by Greek and Roman Temples  Fluted Columns  Corinthian Capitals  Pediment  Rounded arc h  Triumphal Arch
  22. 22.  Interior based on the Roman Forum where legal proceedings occurred Barrel Vault of the Romans Coffered Ceilings of the Pantheon Rejects the aisled basilica plan of the
  23. 23. ImitationWhat makes  Guilds and apprenticeshipman great?  What the master teaches, the apprentice should imitate exactly  One’s talent lies in how well one masters the technique  Little to no self-expression  What is observed in nature should be represented in art
  24. 24. Masaccio’s Trinity,at Santa Maria Novella  Faithfully represents a 3D chapel on a 2D surface  Rules of Linear Perspective codified now  Allows the donors to present a pious identity to the community
  25. 25. In subsequent work, you will learnmore about:  The often ruthless politics of the Medici, who very much follow Machiavelli’s rules of power  The Medici as Humanists  Pious Identities of Women in Art This work will prepare you to incorporate the information in the assignments and assessments for the week