The Development of composition

An art piece's importance can be identified by its composition. As art evolves from the we can see a gradual pattern. We will explore these patterns through pieces by breaking down artists of their time through the secular medieval period towards the dynamic baroque period while relating them to our textbook examples.(Nhia Arcadia Kou Robin)

This piece reflects the medieval concept of compositional space; that the subject is the most important detail and nothing must distract from it. (Josias)
During the medieval period, art was usually intended for a religious or spiritual purpose. As this was the focus, art was often more about the subject, the characters, and the story it told. (Josias)
Compositions in the Gothic style tended more towards symmetry and uniformity. (Josias)
The composition of this piece deviates from the style common of its time, and while there is no background, it plays with the idea of a diagonal composition and counter balancing figures (Josias)
Similar to Madonna Enthroned, Giotto. The compositon of this piece is relatively simple and the focus is on the subject rather than the environment. (Robin)
Has a similar composition to Botticelli's Primavera. It's composition is linear but also has diagonal lines too. The composition serves to focus the eye on the body of christ.(Robin)
This cover shows a square shaped composition that is similar to Ghiberti's Sacrifice of Issac. The background has items that makes a square around the center of the piece. (Robin)
His woodwork before he made Melancholia. It showed how he progress into the detail he did in Melancholia. (Kou)
Raffael was an Italian painter/architect. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo they were known as the Traditional Trinity of great masters. The final piece is similar to the School of Athens. (Kou)
His piece other than his prints. The use of use of light and dark and a small background to create a composition. Similar to how Leonardo study on the fetus in the Utero and the small details. (Kou)
Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne,as well as this piece display a composition the seems to continue outside the painting. The viewers eye is drawn first to the figure and then the background.(Robin)
An Italian painter from Florence. He was renown as an artist without error but his fame diminished after his death by his contemporaries. His piece is similar to Leonardo's Madonna of the rocks. (Kou)
Jusepe de Ribera is a painter from Spain. He paints figures in fine anatomical detail. He uses the technique called tenebrism, resembling Conversion of Saint Paul by Caravaggio or any of his works. The use of dynamic diagonals and tenebrism forces the viewer's eye to look around the painting, almost skipping the pitch black areas entirely due to the intense contrast. (Nhia)
Carel Fabritius's Self-Portrait shows himself with a stern look directly at the viewer. This piece is very similar to Rembrandt's Self-Portrait. Both painters take advantage of a dull background to create a sharp focus onto the subject's gesture, face and attire. (Nhia)
Charles Lebrun is a French painter that resembles Peter Paul Ruben's Arrival of Marie de Medici. Both paintings show extreme dynamic composition with no absolute focal point. They share a warm color palette and also play with chiaroscuro. (Nhia)
Antonio Bellucci is an Italian painter. His piece resembles Peter Paul Ruben's Elevation of the Cross. Both paintings show a dynamic triangular composition with bright, warm yet heavy color contrast shows anatomical perfection. (Nhia)
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