Rennaisance Innovation

"Art is never finished, only abandoned." - Leonardo da Vinci


Project 1 due on Canvas Monday, September 27











linear perspective = a system for representing three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface by delineating a horizon line and multiple orthogonal lines
Raphael, School of Athens, c. 1510 - 1511.











Masaccio, Trinity with the Virgin, Saint John the Evangelist, and Donors, c. 1425 - 1428.





















Masaccio, Tribute Money, c. 1427.
Lorenzo Ghiberti, Jacob and Esau, c. 1435. (Ghiberti won the competition in 1425.)











Camera degli Sposi = Room of the Newlyweds
  • first completely illusionistic decoration of an entire room
  • first "di sotto in su" fresco (from below upwards)


Andrea Mantegna,
frescoes in the Camera Picta, 1465 - 1474.
Andrea Mantegna, detail of the
ceiling of the Camera degli Sposi, 1465 - 1474.





















Andrea Mantegna, Dead Christ, c. 1501. Tempera on canvas.











Albrecht Dürer, Artist and model with perspective grid, from Instruction in Measurement
with Compass and Ruler, in Lines, Planes, and Whole Bodies
, 1525.











Donatello's David is the first free-standing life-sized nude sculpture since antiquity.
contrapposto = an Italian term meaning "set against," used to describe the twisted pose resulting from parts of the body set in opposition to each other around a central axis
Kritios Boy, c. 480 BCE.
Donatello, David, c. 1446 - 1460.











Donatello, David, c. 1446 - 1460.
Michelangelo, David, 1501 - 1504.