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Title: Analyzing Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Art


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Analyzing Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Art
  • Objective You will compare classical, medieval,
    and Renaissance art to see how classical
    traditions were revived during the Renaissance.

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Introduction to Classical Art
  • Characteristics
  • Perfect, ideal figures
  • Bodies look active
  • Bodies nude or dressed in togas
  • No emotion on faces
  • Scenes show heroes or people doing real tasks of
    daily life
  • Little background or sense of perspective (when
    distant objects look small and far)

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Discobolus by Myron c. 450 B.C
  • Man throwing discus
  • Designed to celebrate Olympic victory
  • Athletic skills important for Greeks
  • Balanced in the midst of action
  • Strong body arranged to create harmonious shape
  • Represents ideal man in Greek society

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Introduction to Medieval Art
  • Characteristics
  • Subjects mostly religious
  • Figures look flat and stiff with little real
    movement
  • Important figures are large
  • Fully clothed, draped in deeply carved,
    stiff-looking clothes
  • Faces show little emotion
  • Paintings use vibrant colors
  • Flat, painted figures
  • Backgrounds are 1 color, no realistic space

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Narthex Tympanum A.D. 1120
  • Sculpture fits into an arching space over the
    entrance doors to a church in France
  • Jesus in center, sending apostles (side of him)
    all over the world to preach
  • People surrounding them are people waiting for
    preachers
  • Jesus is largest and most important
  • Bodies are not realistic

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Introduction to Renaissance Art
  • Characteristics
  • Subjects religious and non-religious
  • Figures look ideal and perfect
  • Bodies active and moving
  • Fully clothed or nude
  • Real people doing real tasks
  • Expressive faces
  • Paintings use natural colors
  • Interest in nature
  • Backgrounds are full and have perspective
  • Paintings are symmetrical (balanced on both sides)

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School of Athens by Rafael A.D. 1510
  • Decorates 1 whole wall of a room in the popes
    palace in Rome
  • Pictures great thinkers of Greece
  • Figures in motion
  • Plato and Aristotle stand at the center of
    painting
  • Classic architecture
  • Uses perspective
  • Symmetrical
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