Renaissance and Mannerist Painting Comparison Essay by HigherEdu

Renaissance and Mannerist Painting
A comparative analysis of Raphael's "Baldasarre Castiglione" and Bronzino's "Portrait of a Young Man."
# 59959 | 1,090 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2005 | CA
Published on Jul 10, 2005 in Art (History) , Art (Painting) , Art (Fine Art)

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This paper explores the differences in High Renaissance and Mannerist portraiture through an examination of two key figures in the history of art, Raphael and Bronzino. It also shows how the compare and contrast method is a useful technique for students of art history to focus on the most important aspects and key differences of each respective work and artist.

From the Paper:

"Raphael's 1514 oil work Baldassare Castiglione is an excellent example of the artist's portraiture. The subject, the above-mentioned friend of Raphael, Baldassare Castiglione, is portrayed from the waist up, or in half-length. Castiglione is richly garbed in darkly coloured clothing of black and purple, and capped in a dark coloured hat. The life-like Castiglione beholds the viewer directly, though his body and head are not rigidly frontal, but at a three-quarter view; one is reminded of the three-quarter view used in the Mona Lisa. Indeed, such a view became popular in the 1500's. Baldassare Castiglione is one of several works Raphael painted in Rome."

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