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Giotto di Bondone

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on December 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Renaissance Art

• A revival or rebirth of cultural awareness and learning that took place during the 14th and 15th centuries, particularly in Italy, but also in Germany and other European countries.

• The period was characterized by a renewed interest in ancient Greek and Roman art and design and included an emphasis on human beings, their environment, science, and philosophy.

 

Giotto di Bondone

•1266-1337

•Italian painter & architect

•The most innovative artist : the revolutionist who altered the course of painting in Western Europe, striking out of the Gothic and Byzantine styles towards the Renaissance

•At the age of 10, he was found by Cimabue, who took him to Florence to study art

•Worked in Assisi, Rome , Padua, Milan and Naples.

•The impact of Giotto’s innovations –Masaccio, Michaelangelo (compositions)

Fresco.

“Capella degli Scrovegni,” Padua, Italy. (1304-1306)

 

“Interior of the Arena Chapel” (1306)

Four paintings by Giotto,
from his fresco cycle in the Scrovegni Chapel:

The Birth of Christ

The Adoration of the Magi

The Flight to Egypt

The Presentation in the Temple

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints (Ognissanti Madonna).

c.1305-1310. Tempera on panel. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy.

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Egon Schiele

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on December 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Egon Schiele

1890, Tulln- 1918, Vienna

Egon Schiele was an Austrian Expressionist painter and draftsman. His major stylistic influence was drawn from Gustav Klimt, as well from the ARts and Crafts movement. He focused on the human body as his principal subject, producing higyly erotic images of male and female nudes. During his very short artistic life, Schiele established a controversial reputation. He was even briefly imprisoned for creating works that portrayed sexual images of very young female models, considered obscene. The artist was also an accomplished portrait painter, especially successful in the production of numerous self-portraits. His works were deeply personal revelations of internal psychological turmoil and provided a glimpse into the artist’s inner world, which was fraught with tragic loneliness and unfulfilled desire. The inspired rawness and tormented honesty of his painting shocked contemporary audiences. Schiele’s short, tumultuous life has come to epitomize him as a tortured artists.

– Art_A World History by Elke Linda Buchholz, Gerhard Buchler, Karoline Hille, Susanne Kaeppele, and Irina Stotland

I didn’t like Egon Schiele’s works when I was little. To me, the mode of his painting was so gloomy, depressed, and sad. However, these days, I really enjoyed looking his works because his style is so unique and now I can understand the beauty of his works. His usage of line and color is exclusive, and I love his composition too.

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In Items on December 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm