Tag Archives: Renaissance Art

A PIED PIETER OF THE LESS DROLL

In Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s picturizations of proverbs and parables, the Netherlandish peasant is employed only as a pantominist, but in the paintings of peasant life he comes into his own as Bruegel’s symbol of significant man. People who are … Continue reading

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SIENESE ART & THE MOTHER FIXATION

Siena is Italy’s other eternal city. The Sienese avoided progress, faddishness and adventurousness. Here it was that art and wealth were married and lived happily ever after. Siena, in a sense missed the Renaissance bus. However, Siena, the city that … Continue reading

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BAD MANNERS

Something very strange happened in the world of the visual arts during the sixteenth century. Its opening years were the golden age of the Italian High Renaissance and the arts seemed to have attained a perfection. Da Vinci, Raphael and … Continue reading

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LIVING MOMENTS IN TIME

The records on Giotto are much more complete than Duccio. He was a practical man who madea great deal of money and managed his affairs well. He owned land and lent money at interest like any good prosperous Florentine, but … Continue reading

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HAIL MARYS AT THE SUPERNATURAL

Giotto turned the art of painting from Greek or Byzantine into latin and rendered it modern. Duccio brought the Byzantine style to a fresh late flowering, that stopped short of complete transition. Giotto’s achievement gave painting the direction it was … Continue reading

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SOFT & SWEET SUPER BEINGS

From today’s point of view, The unrealistic character  of Duccio’s style is evident. It can even be relished as an abstract aspect of aesthetic intention. However, a comparison of Duccio to the masters of the Byzantine tradition shows that he … Continue reading

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GIOTTO & WANING CELESTIAL DREAMS

In the work of Giotto and Duccio, Western painting reached the climax of an ancient tradition and the radical beginnings of another that has continued to endure. Giotto became probably the most highest paid artist in Italy. He died rich … Continue reading

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BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR

” If  you’re going to San Francisco be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”. The same could be said for Florence,which, in the fifteenth century was a permissive, liberal society. The pendulum of the permissive revolution swung the … Continue reading

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FROM CRAFTSMAN TO GENTLEMAN: AN ALLEGORICAL PREMISE

Albrecht Durer( 1471-1528 ) is usually called the greatest German artist, despite the importance accorded to Matthias Grunewald, whose more wild and fantastic fervor, even hallucinatory art, is more to the modern taste than Durer’s methodical exploration of the world … Continue reading

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