Humanism in Art

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Humanism in Art


LEQ: How did humanism influence Renaissance art and distinguish it from Medieval art?


What is humanism?

The Harvesters

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565

Differences in Art


1. Stressed world beyond everyday life


1. Created realistic scenes and images = Realism 2. Mostly religious 2. Used linear perspective = added depth; 3D feel 3. Served a purpose (reminders of importance of God) 3. Depicted everyday life; focus on nature and beauty 4. Flat in appearance, lacked realism; figures were not proportionate 4. Use of light and shadows 5. Egg tempera based paint 5. Oil based paint

• a very early example of Renaissance painting, containing many of the characteristics of paintings from the Middle Ages

Madonna and Child in Glory

Jacopa di Cione, 1360-65 • the pairs of saints and angels around the upper border of the painting are smaller than the Madonna and child in the center • this is called hieratic scale, which means making the most important figures in a work of art larger than less important figures

• Compare the background in this painting to the background in the painting they just saw • artists in the Renaissance were less interested in heaven and much more interested in what the world around them looked like

Miraculous Mass of St. Martin of Tours

Franconian School, 1440 •

Did this artist use Hieratic scale? Where are the figures in this painting? Do their surroundings look true to life? Why or why not?

• Do these figures wear halos?

• Describe the landscape surrounding these figures.

• Is the landscape heavenly or earthly?

• In this painting, the holy family of the Madonna and baby Jesus with St. John live in the same world as ordinary people.

Oil paint allowed artists to build up layers of paint that light could shine through, and allowed artists to represent light in a more believable way

Madonna and Child with St. John

Guiliano Bugiardini, 1510

• Examine the buildings in the background carefully.

Do they look true to life? Why or why not.

• Mathematical formulas that allowed artists to represent space in paintings in a very believable way were invented during the Renaissance. We call this accurate


Adoration of the Shepherds

Giovanni Agostino da Lodi, 1510

• • this painting was made later in the Renaissance than any of the others • for the first time in art history ordinary people also became worthy subjects for works of art

Bean Eater

Annibale Carracci, 1582 1583