Renaissance

the beginnings of perspective

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The Middle Ages - Byzantine Art

What do you notice about the size of Madonna and Child compared with the rest of the figures?

less concerned with reality & more concerned with content & symbolism

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Madonna and Child - Giotto

A man before his time & the beginnings of the Renaissance

what difference do you notice between these two images of the Madonna?

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Madonna and Child with St Anne and the Young St John - Leonardo da Vinci

Compare the baby Jesus' of the last three paintings. What do you notice? Which one is more realistic?

RENAISSANCE BRINGS PERSPECTIVE & REALITY

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Brunelleschi discovered how to use perspective & vanishing points to accurately draw architecture

Drawing for Church of Santo Spirito

Masaccio applied the new method of mathematical perspective to create this fresco

Holy Trinity. located at Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella, in Florence. 1427.
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Perugino's Delivery of the Keys

fresco. 1482.

RULES OF PERSPECTIVE

ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE

  • a single point, which all others move toward
  • lines which you know are parallel seem to converge at a single point, called the Vanishing Point
  • distant figures appear smaller but have the same shape & proportions as they would up close

TWO POINT PERSPECTIVE

  • two vanishing points, which all others move toward
  • where you face an edge of an object