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The Nativity (from Life of the Virgin) by Durer

The Nativity (from Life of the Virgin) by Durer | Renaissance Art | Scoop.it
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A seasonal find at the Haggerty Museum of Art

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How to see people naked in Renaissance Italy

How to see people naked in Renaissance Italy | Renaissance Art | Scoop.it

Seeing naked or near-naked men in the Renaissance does not seem to have been very difficult. I should point out that looking at naked people is not, necessarily, erotic..

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The difference between egg tempera and oil paint

From the BBC documentary "Leonardo da Vinci - The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything".
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Useful comparison of the two mediums

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Post Byzantine Art: Crucifixion

Post Byzantine Art: Crucifixion | Renaissance Art | Scoop.it

Andreas Pavias

second half of the fifteenth century

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Art worlds collide with the post Byzantine feel of an icon coupled with the extraordinary energy of 14th C Italian art

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Three faces of the Virgin: grieving mother in middle age

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Gerard David, Cruxificion, 1506 (Detail)

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A face that many women would have recognised, grief and numbness in the face of the death of her child. Mary is the Queen of Heaven but also a middle aged woman lost in her pain after watching her son suffer and die.

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Three faces of the Virgin: new mother

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Domenico Ghirlandaio: Detail from Adoration of the Shepherds 1482-5

 

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A beautiful very young woman elevated to the mother of God but still recognisable to us as a real woman adoring her first child. 

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Portrait of a Man with a Blue Chaperon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Portrait of a Man with a Blue Chaperon (or Portrait of a Man with a Blue Hood, earlier known as Portrait of a Jeweler or Man with a Ring) is a very small (22.5 cm x 16.6 cm with frame)[1] oil on panel portrait of an unidentified man by the Early Netherlandish painter Jan van Eyck. The painting was commissioned and completed sometime around 1430–33. It contains a number of elements typical of van Eyck's secular portraits, including a slightly oversized head, a dark and flat background, forensic attention to the small details and textures of the man's face, and illusionistic devices.[2] Artists did not give titles to their works during the Northern Renaissance period, and as with any portrait of a sitter whose identity is lost, the painting has attracted generic titles over the years. It had long been thought that the ring held in the man's right hand was meant as an indication of his profession as a jeweler or goldsmith and so the painting was long titled on variants of such. More recently the ring is interpreted as an emblem of betrothal[3] and the titles given by various art historians and publications since are usually more descriptive of the colour or form of the headdress.

The painting was attributed to van Eyck in the late 19th century, but this was repeatedly challenged by some art historians until a 1991 cleaning when infra-red photography revealed an underdrawing and methods of handling of oil that were unmistakably van Eyck's.

Prior to 1948, the panel belonged to the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu, Romania. That year, the new Communist regime seized the panel, along with eighteen others it considered the museum's most valuable holdings, and gave it to the National Museum of Art of Romania in Bucharest. At the end of 2006, in time for Sibiu's stint as European Capital of Culture, the works were returned to the Brukenthal Museum.[4][5][6]

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Sistine Chapel ceiling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. The ceiling is that of the large Papal Chapel built within the Vatican between 1477 and 1480 by Pope Sixtus IV after whom it is named, and was painted at the commission of Pope Julius II. The chapel is the location for Papal Conclaves and many important services.[1]

The ceiling's various painted elements form part of a larger scheme of decoration within the Chapel, which includes the large fresco The Last Judgment on the sanctuary wall, also by Michelangelo, wall paintings by several leading painters of the late 15th century including Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino, and a set of large tapestries by Raphael, the whole illustrating much of the doctrine of the Catholic Church.[2][3]

Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which the Creation of Adam is the best known, having an iconic standing equalled only by Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations. The complex design includes several sets of individual figures, both clothed and nude, which allowed Michelangelo to fully demonstrate his skill in creating a huge variety of poses for the human figure, and have provided an enormously influential pattern book of models for other artists ever since.

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Meet the Artist Who Helped Launch the Renaissance in Florence | The Getty Iris

Meet the Artist Who Helped Launch the Renaissance in Florence | The Getty Iris | Renaissance Art | Scoop.it
Who was Pacino di Bonaguida? Thought little known today, the masterful 14th-century painter-illuminator was a key figure in the dawn of the Renaissance in Florence.
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OUPblog » Blog Archive » Is Renaissance art 'history'?

OUPblog » Blog Archive » Is Renaissance art 'history'? | Renaissance Art | Scoop.it
When the latest news in the art world is all about record-breaking prices for contemporary works and the celebrity buzz of London's Frieze Art Fair, thinking about Renaissance art might seem, well, a little old-fashioned, if not ...
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Bellini, Botticelli, Titian…500 years of Italian Art – Compton Verney

Bellini, Botticelli, Titian…500 years of Italian Art – Compton Verney | Renaissance Art | Scoop.it
An exhibition representing the very best Italian Renaissance art from Glasgow’s extensive collection bought and bequeathed to the city by wealthy industrialists and merchants. 50% off entry price with National Art Pass.
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Workshop of Giovanni Bellini "The Virgin and Child" The National Gallery, London

Workshop of Giovanni Bellini  "The Virgin and Child"  The National Gallery, London | Renaissance Art | Scoop.it

This painting is one of many images of the Virgin and Child by Bellini's workshop and is often called 'The Madonna of the Pomegranate'. The fruit held by the Virgin is not identified with certainty, but could well be a pomegranate, symbol of the Passion. Fruit such as apples and pears appear in many Bellini paintings of the Virgin and Child. The green cloth of honour, the landscape and the parapet are also common features of Bellini's Madonnas. The pattern was also adopted by Cima.

This 'Virgin and Child' is closely related to a full-length version made by Bellini, now lost but reflected in a painting by Tacconi. It is likely that the compositionwas developed for the larger format because in this version the knees do not fit comfortably into the composition.

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Giovanni Bellini: Madonna Greca

Giovanni Bellini: Madonna Greca | Renaissance Art | Scoop.it

c1470

 

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An 'icon' in a western style intended for solitary meditation

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Post- Byzantine Art: Deeis

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Angelos

mid 15th C

Crete

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Post Byzantine Art: Angelos

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Enthroned Saint Anne with the Virgin and Christ Child
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Three faces of the Virgin: young mother

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Andrea Mantegna: Presentation at the Temple c 1455 (detail)

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A young mother, anxious for her baby as she hands him over at the temple. 

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Portinari Altarpiece by Hugo van der Goes

Portinari Altarpiece by Hugo van der Goes | Renaissance Art | Scoop.it
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The key innovation here is the dynamic plebian shepherd bursting into the frame and contrasting with the calm, conventional setting full of angels and saints. These are real people confronted with the divine

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Madonna and Child in a Window (Getty Museum)

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Although he was reportedly a prolific painter, this panel is one of only seven paintings by Martin Schongauer in existence today. It belongs to a group of four Andachtsbilder, or devotional paintings, created near the end of his life. In his engravings Schongauer already had explored the theme of theMadonna and Child reading a book in a niche, symbolizing the Virgin's role as Christ's tutor. Here he balanced the Madonna's serenity with the livelyChrist Child and the book's fluttering pages. Her dignified face, with its polished modeling and delicate features, is typical of Schongauer, who was heavily influenced by Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden's art. Mary's cascade of gently flowing hair shows Schongauer's sensitivity to the expressive potential of line. His attention to detail is especially evident in the thin gold seams in Mary's cloak, the jeweled crown, and the figures' fine facial features. In the background, an angel holds the crown and scepter. Since the 1500s, Schongauer has been credited with bringing the advances of Netherlandish Renaissance art to Germany. He was the main inspiration for Germany's next generation of artists, notably Albrecht Dürer. Schongauer's engravings had far-reaching impact, influencing Italian artists such as Michelangelo.

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The Sistine Chapel's 500th year

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Five hundred years ago today every single fresco was put to shame when the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was first revealed to the public.
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An article from the beginning of 2012 celebrating 500 years of the most famous ceiling in the world

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St Peter's - Chapel of the Pieta

St Peter's - Chapel of the Pieta | Renaissance Art | Scoop.it
Michelangelo Buonarroti of Florence Created This
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One of the most beautiful statues ever made. 

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