Innovations in the Visual Arts of the Renaissance
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Many innovations mark the differences between art of the Italian Renaissance and works from the Middle Ages. Some of these innovations were:
- The use of Greek and Roman mythology as subject matter
- Linear perspective
- The development of chiaroscuro
- The use of fresco for huge projects
- Sculpture patterned after sculptures from Greek and Roman times
- A naturalistic depiction of human anatomy
- Experiments in oil based paints
Understand What Art Looked Like Before the Renaissance
Two short articles – required reading
There were many, many artists during the Italian Renaissance. Begin your exploration by watching this slideshow with musical accompaniment (no other audio) with a glance at a few masterpieces.
Three Important Renaissance Artists Everyone Should Know
Leonardo da Vinci required
Important Works: Use the links below to learn more about specific works- optional
Important Works – Use links below to learn more about specific works – optional
Pinterest Board – Michelangelo – optional
Raphael – Raffaello Sanzio required
Important Works Use links below to learn more about specific works – optional
- Madonna of the Meadows
- The School of Athens
- The Sistine Madonna
- Castiglione – A portrait of the author of The Courtier
Mannerism – A Departure from the Renaissance
The Climate of the Italian High Renaissance shifted. With it came a new, modern, and short-lived style of art – Mannerism.
Lecture on Mannerism
Required – you don’t want to confuse Renaissance humanism with Mannerism.
Lisa Kljaich’s Pinterest collection of Mannerist works – optional browsing.
Get acquainted with Mannerism – optional links to help you further understand Mannerism. Helpful if you decide to select The Sack of Rome as a topic for your Renaissance blog.
- The Sack of Rome
- Benvenuto Cellini
Other Artists to Know
Optional material to help those that want to tackle more unique works for the Renaissance Blog assignment.
Gates of Paradise
Venus of Urbino
Explore Further With These Optional Links