MCA 10

"Every age projects its own image in its arts"                                                                                                                       The Northern Renaissance contributed intricate, impressive and memorable pieces of artwork. The Northern Renaissance lasted from 1450-1600. During this period in history, talented artists like Albrecht Durer and Jan Van Eyck painted detailed pieces of art that are still admired to this day. Techniques such as symbolism, chiaroscuro, shading, and perspective made these pieces of art simply amazing.

Mistaking this painting as a photo isn't uncommon; the Northern Renaissance Artists put extreme realistic detail into their work. Secular themed painting like these were also present throughout the Renaissance. Every detail about the hare is present; the fur, difference in fur color, and even the shadow.
The amount of detail present in this painting puts people in awe. The metal on the man's armor is so shiny, it reflects the landscape. The city in the back is thoughtfully painted, with every window. The mountains in the back even have snow. However, this painting isn't secular. Even though humanism grew religious paintings were still being painted. This scene shows the morning the tomb of Jesus was found empty, with an Angel telling them he has risen. The Angel is also the focal point in this painting.Chiaroscuro is used with the colors of the cloaks and the shading.
As the Renaissance began, portraits emerged as their own genre. Individualism grew in the Renaissance and more portraits were painted. Extreme details were put into some of these portraits. In this particular portrait, the man's vein on the side of his forehead is clearly visible. The shading gives the man depth and more of a realistic figure.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is a well known scene from the Bible. Symbolism in this painting is resembled through the animals. For example, the snake that is wrapped around the tree branch near Eve symbolizes evil. The snake is taking a bite out of what appears to be an apple - what God told Eve specifically not to do. When Eve took a bite of the apple, that was the first sin to be committed.
The figures in this painting are the Virgin Mary and Gabriel. This scene is the annunciation. (Hence the name) Here, Mary was informed she would be giving birth to the son of God. Both figures unidealized - pale and expressionless faces. However, the colors in this painting make it appealing to the eye. The intricate details on the cushion of the stool and the cloak wore by Gabriel is simply impressive.
In this painting, there is a tremendous amount of scenery and detail. The city in the background to the cracks on the rock. However, Saint Francis appears to be out of proportion. His hands are too small compared to his body and are just out of place. Also, his feet are rather big. Stigmata is the term used when referring to the wounds from the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Wounds in the the center of the feet and hands are present on Saint Francis in this picture. The shading in the picture really gives the figures their shape.
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