Greek Detail

The ultimate dramatization of new found colors and the complexity of women. The Renaissance shed light on the beauty of backgrounds and ancient greek mythological scenes. Women and Background features are the focal points of this collection, for each were ill represented in previous centuries. You will find no harsh lines in this gallery, only smooth, caressing strokes were used to create these magnificent pieces of art. The Renaissance rekindled the love of Greek Mythology that had been lost throughout the Dark Ages, and culture was reintroduced to Europe, encouraging painters to create to their hearts desire, no matter the person, place, or thing.

Both a powerful woman and a powerful background, this painting shows the vast skin tone variations, and nature curves of the shell,a s well as Venus., the Greek goddess of love. Botticelli, who we have featured other paintings of this evening, At the age of 15, Botticelli opened his own shop, where he sold his art and created the beautiful pieces that we know today.
Similar to Flemish Renaissance tapestries, La Primavera depicts ultimate detail, in body and in background. Over 500 varieties of plants and flowers are found in this piece, and over half have been recognized and named.This piece depicts the coming of Spring, and the happiness it brought to the world. Greek figures, called Nymphs frolic in the growing field , and show their love for the earth. Born in Prato, Botticelli grew up knowing artwork. He apprenticed for his father until 1473, when he began to create his own work.
Nudity was not common before the Renaissance, but this piece embodies the cultural change from appropriate to religious ideas. Adam and Eve in Paradise is not Greek, but it is in stark contrast with another of Cranach's paintings, which can be found in this exhibit. Lucas Cranach the Elder symbolizes the Renaissance man not only as a painter and printmaker, but also as an entrepreneur and politician. Little can be stated with any certainty about his early life except that he was born in the town of Kronach in Northern Franconia
Greek GOd, Zeus, transformed himself into a beautiful white bull, and tricked Princess Europa, who he has fallen in love with, to climb on his back. Zeus took for the sea, carrying the helpless human on his back. Her disarray is obvious, though she is not actually being raped.Europa's eyes are fixed upon the two spirits of love that float near her, keeping her occupied and safe from the dark sea that awaits her if she falls. Titian embodied Europa's fear, as well as her passion and undeniable attraction to Zeus. A mortal cannot deny a god, and she was helpless to his divine persuasion. Titian was born in Pieve di Cadore, near Belluno, in the Republic of Venice.The artwork Titian often portrayed was Greek scenes and famous tales of the Greek culture.
Leda is playing in the stream with her maidens, and receives the embrace of the swan-god. this beautiful story ended tragically, for Leda's head was cut off by the son of Regent at Paris, due to her and her maidens nudity and the jealously he had of the swan. This piece shows how innocence can be scorned and changed. Correggio was best known for his soft flesh- tints, and his ability portray a woman's figure.
Incredibly rich and moving, this painting refers to Plato's allegory of the cave, to pagan times (the centaur barely visible at the right edge beyond the lake), to the Hebrew creation story and Christian legend (St. Peter about to go fishing, left of center), to the process of growing up (figures on the right, foreground), and to contemporary times (that timeless woman, left, in the black shawl). Bellini Giovanni was appointed as conservator of paintings in the ducal palace in Venice and was paid a fixed annual pension for his work. He was at the head of a famous workshop and lead many apprenctices.
In stark contrast with Adam and Eve, Cranach depicts the relationship between Diana and Apollo, the twin gods. Apollo, god of light, is tan, while Diana, goddess of the moon, is pale and sitting upon a deer. Cranach shows an almost identical background from the Christian story of Adam and Eve. Christianity was still found throughout the Renaissance, but the Greek stories and cultural ideals were also popular throughout the Renaissance period.
British tapestry, depicting the selfishness of the King's. This painting describes the brief period of wealth the kingdom went through, but also the potential downfall of the kingdom, due to it's greed. The Greeks also had a power hungry problem, and that led to their downfall. The beautiful background and detail in the horizon shows the complexity gained throughout the renaissance.
Pallas Athena is the goddess of wisdom, civilization, warfare, strength, strategy, crafts, justice and skill. Minerva, Athena's Roman incarnation, embodies similar attributes. She caresses a centaur, half man and half horse, who is often depicted in Greek Mythology. Botticelli's Greek love is depicted and added to this gallery through his links to Mythology and beautiful spectrum for backgrounds and proportions.
One of the last beautifully created renaissance pieces was Saint George and the Dragon.The main focus of the painting is the hero St. George, riding a majestic white horse, slaughtering the dragon. Though his facial expression is directed downward, towards the beast, Tintoretto managed to depict the subject’s posture and body position as to reflect his determination and anger.
Symbolizing the contrast between life and death, and the cultural interpretations the renaissance had, this piece needs no figures, through there is one small shepherd to be found in the left corner. Not relevant to Greek cultures, this painting represents peace in decision, and the tranquility of the background is the focal point, which had never been seen during the Dark Ages. Ruisdael was famous for his background emphasis and tranquil emotions.
The grand finale, a simply beautiful piece of work, Vecellio portrays natural beauty in a woman of the renaissance, with simple, draping dresses, and a soft, kind featured face.During the course of his long life Titian's artistic manner changed drastically; however he retained a lifelong interest in color. His mature works may not contain the vivid, luminous tints of his early pieces, and loose brushwork.
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