What’s the difference between...

The Medieval and Renaissance art?

Medieval Art...

The art in this time period is called Gothic art. It changes from stiff, simple, hieratic forms toward more relaxed and natural ones. Gothic paintings are mostly painting featured scenes and figures from the New Testament, particularly the Passion of Christ and the Virgin Mary. It emphases on lowing, curving lines, minute detail, and refined decoration, and gold was often applied to the panel as background color. The painting became more complex as time went on; the artists start to search on paintings and pictures. This search led to the perfection of perspective in the early years of the Italian Renaissance. Both religious and secular subjects were depicted in manuscript illuminations.



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Renaissance Art...

Giotto revealed a new style that is based on clear, simple structure and great psychological penetration rather than on the flat, linear decorativeness and hierarchical compositions of his predecessors and contemporaries. In the Renaissance they start to paint on canvas. But Giotto’s time wasn't the “real” Renaissance but it was called the “proto-renaissance” (before the Renaissance). The three most important artists were Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. They have different style of paintings and drawings. Da Vinci’s most important paintings were Mona Lisa, The Virgin of the Rocks and The Last Supper. Michelangelo first was a sculptor then he became artist. His most important sculptures were Pietà and the David instead his famous painting was the ceiling fresco of the Sistine Chapel. Raphael’s greatest work is The School of Athens. After this three famous people there are others that developed a new style of painting. Such as Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese they developed the lyrical Venetian painting style that combined pagan subjects matter, sensuous handling of color and paint surface, and a passion of extravagant setting.


Medieval + Renaissance Art