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  1. 1. Visual Arts Paper 1 Visual Arts Paper Erick Lamb University of Phoenix 4/7/2013
  2. 2. Visual Arts Paper 2 The Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned roughly the 14th to the 17thcentury, beginning in Florence in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of Europe.The term is also used more loosely to refer to the historic era, but since the changes of theRenaissance were not uniform across Europe, this is a general use of the term. As a culturalmovement, it encompassed a resurgence of learning based onclassical sources, the developmentof linear perspective in painting, and gradual but widespread educational reform. Traditionally,this intellectual transformation has resulted in the Renaissance being viewed as a bridge betweenthe Middle Ages and the Modern era. Although the Renaissance saw revolutions in manyintellectual pursuits, as well as social and political upheaval, it is perhaps best known for itsartistic developments and the contributions of such polymaths as Leonardo da Vinci andMichelangelo, who inspired the term "Renaissance man". Many people believe that art is generated from feeling of artists, and that pure feelingappear in their art pieces. Different artists believe painting is one of the most powerful tools tofacilitate communication with the world around them. Colors and lines easily help them to createnew art pieces and transfer their thoughts and feelings to the viewer. Different pieces of art,bring new spices to life and introduce a new window to the way one can look at the world. Artworks differ from each other as they represent different feelings and mindsets of their artists. TheMona Lisa is a famous painting, which was created by Leonardo Da Vinci. The artist’s feelingsare depicted in every part of this piece of art. For example, the Mona Lisareflect Leonardo’sthoughts and ideas during his period of life(Brown, 1998). While most artworks of the Renaissance era depict biblical scenes, the Mona Lisa is oneof the first paintings that are distinguishable from other artworks of this period, because, it showsone of the first half-body portrait painting and it also depicts the importance of nature in the
  3. 3. Visual Arts Paper 3Resonance era. According to the “Renaissance Art” article, the goal of most of the Renaissanceartists was to show the importance of people’s daily tasks and nature and the content was notlimited to religion. Also figures were lifelike and three-dimensional, it reflects an increaseknowledge in human anatomy during this period(Brown, 1998).Many of the Renaissancecharacteristics that are used in the Renaissance art are noticeable by looking at the Mona Lisapainting. For example, Mona Lisa’s face is mysterious but it is full of emotion. It is a realisticand three-dimensional portrait. The landscape on the background reflects a great picture ofnature. Leonardo’s artworks usually reflect the world around him in his era. In the Mona Lisapainting, the dress and its color represents womens wearing style in the Renaissance period.Leonardo used “Sfumato” technique or Leonardo smoke in his artworks. Matte colors used in theMona Lisa have a trace of this method in the Renaissance era. In the Renaissance era, wealthypeople usually hired an artist to create their portrait(Brown, 1998). The Mona Lisa is a portrait ofMona Lisa Gioconda also known as “Lisa Gherardin the wife of a wealthy renaissance Florentinemerchant, FrancesodelGiocondo”. The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous art pieces of theRenaissance era and it captivates viewers’ attention at the first glance. Michelangelo was yet another great artist in the Renaissance Era. His reputation as asculptor was established when he was commissioned to sculpt the Hebrew King David, just asDonatello had. Unlike Donatello’s David, Michelangelo’s was created with far more skill, as wasBernini’s(Reifsynder, 2004). However, since Michelangelo’s block of marble was full of cracks,he had to be extra careful and bring out all of his skills (Reifsynder, 2004). Michelangelo alsouses the artistic style of contrapposto, which is having the figure seemingly putting all of theirweight on one leg. Instead of Michelangelo’s David looking narcissistic like Donatello’s statueafter conquering his enemy. This version seems to have an enormous amount of pent up energy
  4. 4. Visual Arts Paper 4and looks as if he is about to move into action quickly(Reifsynder, 2004). Cast over his shoulderis Davids sling, and the stone is clutched in his right hand, his veins in chief anticipation of thefight. Michelangelos David depicts the ideal youth who has just reached manhood and is capableof great physical and intellectual feats, which is part of the Classical tradition(Reifsynder, 2004).Michelangelos sculpture is closed in form, like Donatellos David. All the elements move firmlyaround a central axis. In conclusion, in the period of the Renaissance, we can realize that the painting isharmony and balance in construction. The period represented expressive ideals in the depictionof the human figure, the apex of the use of space, and a strong influence of classical art. In theRenaissance, there are many accomplishments that do not really appear before such as: forms,colors and proportion, light and shade effects.
  5. 5. Visual Arts Paper 5 References Brown, D. (1998). Leonardo da vinci. Yale University. Reifsynder, J. M. (2004). Michelangelos david. GiuntiEditore.