Art Pre- and Post- the Renaissance Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Art Pre- and Post- the Renaissance
An examination of the works of artists Cimabue, Duccio and Giotto and the stylistic changes in their works that marked the Renaissance period in art history.
# 119349 | 1,672 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 21, 2010 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , History (General)

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This paper discusses the differences between the styles of art before the Renaissance in Italy and after it. The paper discusses the art of Cimabue, Duccio and Giotto and discusses how their emergence marked the transition from the stylized art of Byzantine to the beginning of the Renaissance. The paper analyzes specific works of art by each of these artists and discusses the stylistic changes that marked this period in art history as so unique and revolutionary.

From the Paper:

"To a modern critic, many of these paintings seem tame and even boring in their subject matter. What makes these paintings so important is the influence they had on artists even centuries later. For example, the miniature on parchment found in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence, attributed to Gherardo di Giovanni, reflects influences from the Sienese school of Duccio. The use of the rich gold as both a decorative tool and a means to add richness to the work show definite effects of earlier artists. The work also has human figures portrayed in a realistic manner and proportion. Each of the scenes tries to portray a narrative by utilizing human figures and space in a comprehensive manner. This missal page, painted over 150 years after Duccio's death, shows the profound effect that this style of painting had on Italian artists. One can also note here the use of perspective in the main scene--there is a background shown through the window that shows the horizon moving away from the viewer. This idea proves that Italian painting had moved permanently into a humanist direction because the use of the secular world in a religious painting brings the story of the painting back to the individual."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Esaak, Shelley. "Art History 101--The Proto-Renaissance". 16 June 2007.
  • Gardner's Art Through the Ages, 12th ed. , Ed. Levy, New York: 1996.
  • Kren, Emil. "Duccio di Buoninsegna".Web Gallery of Art.
  • Pioch, Nicholas. "Giotto di Bondone". WebMuseum Paris. 16 June 2007.

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