Proto Renaissance

By: Jordan Harris, Dominique King, Georgia Smith

In the picture in the center is Madonna and Child. I chose this because although there is a lot going on, it is beautiful. Also there are four separate parts going on at the same time.
St. John depicts a man looking up the sky. This was actually apart of an altarpiece that was dedicated to St. Crenscentius. I chose this painting
The sculpture is depicting three men sitting at a table with wine. I chose this painting because of the halos that the men have and how simple it is.
This painting is depicting a Saint who has a book and has a long green robe. I chose this picture because of the simplicity and also because of his stature.
This piece of art explains a lot about Bernado Daddi. Bernardo was seen as an religious artist with a lot of talent. In this piece it shows god in the middle of the cross hanging by his arms. On each end of the cross there is a person symbolizing his life and story. At the very bottom is a skeleton with a shirt on. I chose this painting because it had great detail. It’s almost as if the painting is telling a story about Christ, The Portable.
This painting was probably intended to be in a chapel. The Virgin Mary is the center of this piece while Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Paul are surrounding her. Saint Paul is on the right holding a sword to show the symbol of martydom. The background of the painting is panels going along the wall.
Saint Cecilia is a historic painting in the late 1200s and early 1300s. In this painting Bernardo depicted St. Cecilia to look like very official and efficient. She is standing to her side with a feather pen as if she is about to sign a paper. It is placed on a golden plate with St. Cecilia being the main view.
This main part of this sculpture is the bored holes in it. These bored holes make this sculpture come to life according to Giovanni. Most of the holes are in the beard of the man, only a few are actually on the man’s face. For example, his eyes have bore holes in them to make the sculpture appear more lifelike. I chose this piece of art because of how expressive and lifelike it is for it’s time.
The Entombment of Mary depicts Mary, or the virgin mother of Jesus,being lowered into her tomb. This symbolizes her leaving the physical world and entering the spiritual. Tembodimentent of her spirit is depicted by the infant that Jesus is holding.I chose this picture because it is the best example of Giotto’s stark difference from the artwork that came before him. It includes shadows, gravity, and even senses of emotion throughout the piece.
Madonna and Child depict the Virgin Mary and Jesus, the madonna and child. This work shows both Jesus and Mary in a different light than they are normally shown. The baby Jesus is shown reaching toward the flower in Mary’s hand. This is significant because it shows Jesus acting as a infant would, unlike many other Madonna and Child paintings. I chose this because it shows a very humanistic approach to the idea of Madonna and Child. It shows emotion and the relationship between mother and child, compared to all of those before it. This painting shows originality and id different than anything that has come before it.
This Painting is tempera and gold on wood made in the 1380’s. It depicts four Saints on it, from left to right, Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint Benedict, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Originally these wooden panels were part of a large altarpiece, but the center panel of that is missing. They are now joined in a modern frame for viewing. I chose this because of how ornately and detailed Gaddi painted these pieces, each one also looks as if it is alive with a rounded face and color in their cheeks. comparatively to the older paintings before his time Gaddi really makes use of color well and shows an understanding of both light and dark.
This painting is part of an altarpiece. It was most likely made for private use or for a private chapel. The Saints that are around the Madonna and Child reflect the devotional interests of a private patron. In this painting the infant Jesus tugs on his mother's clothing just as a baby would, and actually looks like a child. There are also two angels holding a crown. This crown represents both Madonna Enthroned, and also that she is the Queen of Heaven. I chose this painting because of how truly baby-like Jesus looks in this panel, comparatively to other madonna and child paintings. Looking closely you can see the chubbiness and roundness that babies have. I also thought it was a really good representation of light and dark contrasting. Especially with St. John the Evangelist, who is shown at the lower left hand corner. At his right side is very bright and at his left is very dark. This contrast was before Gaddi’s time and adds a lot to the painting.
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