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This gallery is a collection of Renaissance art pieces during the time from 1300-1600

In the beginning of the Renaissance, the revival of classical Greek and Roman culture was being studied through the belief of Humanism. Humanism allowed for a revival of the great culture and as seen in this work by Boticelli, Greek mythology was not completely forgot about. The painting represents the birth of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. Like the ancient Greeks, these Renaissance artists tried to display humans in a more realistic form which can be seen in the painting. The gods are not as distorted but instead displayed in true form. Although the use of perspective could've been executed better to create more dimension in the background, the painting to strays away from the "flat" style of pre-renaissance art. Boticelli captured humanism and was able to create remarkable life-like images on flat surfaces.
Like many artists, Madonnas became very a very popular supject to create which shows that religion was still in corporated into art. Botticelli uses a  sense of realism for both mother and child are depicted in a natural form. Although much detail is placed on the clothing of the people and the book, the backgroaund is rather bare for its time. He may not have wanted it to desrtact form the painting or felt that no backgpounf was necccessary. Like many of the early artists who were still perfecting their style, Botticelli loses some of the prestige of the painting by placing the round circles behind the peoples heads. This takes away from the perspective of art. Overall, Botticelli uses the belief that the individual is the main fous and incorporates it into his art to make so that it is both detailed and elaborate.
Here, Raphael pinpoints the idea of realism. His painting captures the scene as if it was photographed or happening right in front of you. Each figure is accurately displayed as a person in its most "perfect" form. Although during this age of humanism slightly strayed from religious art, it still had a strong influence on the artists as you can see Jesus to the far left. Raphael's attention to detail is also remarkable for the scene in the background has detailed people in city even though they are not the main feature of the work. The reflection on the water also gives the painting such a realistic feel. Raphael's attention to detail represent the humanist beliefs and adds to the greatness of his work.
Raphael did multiple paintings of Madonna and some even share the common theme having the two children in the painting as well. Once again Raphael uses shading to create dimension in the people and draping of the clothing. Raphael was known was his clarity which can be seen in the accuracy of the facial features. He makes sure that the people, especially Madonna, is the center of attention, but does not disregard the background which is also very detailed. what really sets this piece from some of the others is the faces of the people which have both unity and precision. Raphael was able to create a calm and peaceful feeling in this particular work. The painting helps to display Raphael's intelligibility.   
During the Renaissance the art of making portraits became popular among the artists. Van Eyck created many portraits including one of the Kardinal Albergati. Van Eyck was known for his realistic perception he took when painting. The detail in the facial features makes it seem as though it is actually a photograph instead. When it is zoomed in around the eyes, you can see the crevices and folds of the skin which indicate his age. Because there were no cameras at the time, the more realistic and perfection of the faces in portraits allow people to become aware of how these people looked. Van Eyck took his skill to the extreme in his perfection of the portrait.
Religious factors still played a huge role in paintings. In this one, by Van Eyck, the Virgin Mary is standing in a cathedral. She is larger than what an actual human would be in perspective to the room. This makes a point in his work and is significant for it shows the admiration of Mary. AS far as detail in the painting goes, he was able to create the allusion that light was pouring through the window. The attention to detail is phenomenal and his use of perception shows the realism in his art. Van Eyck once again displays his genius mind and skill.
This piece of art by Bosch obviously depicts a religious scene, for Jesus is very distinguishable. In northern Europe, some of the strictly Italian  Renaissance ideas didn't quite spread north. Religious played  a much bigger role in art. Here, Bosch paints people looking upon Jesus, but also shows the "souls" of people on the side. Unlike Italian painters, Bosch used the same facial expressions on the people. There isn't much variation in how the faces done so they can't really be distinguished as different people. The people did not have as much of a "real" feel for shading wasn't always done very well. However, Bosch pays great detail in the background scenery. In the city behind the main focus, people are painted in the streets showing that even though it wasn't a main part of the painting, the detail was still significant. Overall, Bosch aimed to create a capturing image through a bright color scheme and through his attention to everything in the painting.
Once again, Bosch uses religion in his painting. Jesus is the center of attention again although the theme is a little more morbid. Jesus is being torture, hence the crown of thorns. The people around him don't seem to be phased by the suffering yet, neither does Jesus. The painting is almost clustered with almost and all the canvas being filled by people. There is no detail in the background so the only focus really is on the five people. The four people surrounding Jesus are all wearing bright colors which contrast to the white article Jesus is wearing. The faces don't have the realism that Italian painters created. They are pale and the shading doesn't really make it seem as if they are real people. The faces itself also all are very similar which was a common characteristic of many of the northern Renaissance artists. Even though the painting was as well executed as some of his other piece as far as realism and detail go, but he makes a statement with the overall theme of the work.
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