The Slide Lists
You will receive a list of works of art to be shown in each
class. These will then be posted here, by date. I am going to try to link
them to images on the Web, especially if they are not well-illustrated in
When it comes time to have our lovely Final, which will be a
combination of slide comparisons and an essay, the post-Midterm version of
this list will be annotated with a fetching red ball:
for the works you will need to know.
January 17 (Friday) and 22 (Wednesday)
Background; many of the works of art listed below are to be seen on the
sites linked to the Schedule page.
- Friday: You were shown maps of Italy, Tuscany, and Florence and
some ancient sculpture.
- Florence: the church of San Miniato al Monte, 1013-1090. Plus
the interior, esp. the pulpit.
- Florence: the Duomo (1296-1436)
- Pisa, the Cathedral Complex (Cathedral: begun
1063; Baptistery: 1153-1265; and the Leaning Tower: 1174-1271). Consider
also Nicola Pisano's Pulpit in the Baptistery, circa 1260.
- Siena, the Cathedral (unfinished), 1284-1299.
- Here is a Greek Byzantine painting made in Italy in the sixth
centurythe Empress Theodora from S. Vitale
and a 13th
century Byzantine painting showing Italian influence. Neither of these
is exactly the painting I showed in class, but the lesson is the same.
- Duccio Madonna and Child with Angels (the Rucellai
Madonna). Made for the church of Santa Maria Novella, 1285.
- Cimabue. Madonna and Child with Angels and Saints. Also
called the Santa Trinita' Madonna, circa 1285.
- Giotto. Ognissanti
Madonna, circa 1306-1310.
January 27, 29, and 31 (Monday through Friday)
Continued with Giotto; review those three Madonnas.
- Source for Giotto:
Pietro Cavallini: the Last Judgment Here are shown seated Apostles,
part of a fragment of a larger fresco in the church of Santa Cecilia in
Trastevere, rome, dating circa 1300. Cavallini's weighty,
three-dimensional figures with their careful description of the body
beneath the drapery may owe their style to a study of ancinet Roman art.
- Giotto at the Arena
Chapel Padua, completed circa 1305/06. Built and decorated by Enrico
Scrovegni as expiation of his father's sin of usury.
- Giotto in the Bardi Chapel, church of Santa Croce, Florence: Stories from the Life of Saint Francis Think about
architecture (the building in the Renunciation scene), narrative, and the
communication between scenes.
Art in Siena: "The Virgin's Ancient City"
The Maesta' Painted over the period 1308-1311. Giant (214 x 412 cm),
double-sided altarpiece: the front shows the
Enthroned Virgin Mary, showing her as Queen of Heaven. Carried
through the streets of Siena in triumph to be installed inside the
Cathedral of Siena. Taken apart centuries later; most parts are in the
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena. Two scenes are in the U.S.; one is in
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the other is in the Frick Collection, New York
- Simone Martini d. circa 1342. The
Annunciation, 1333. Sienese; consider also the influence of France
and the International Style. Also made for the Cathedral of Siena, now in
the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
- Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti. Brothers; both died in the
great Plague of 1348.
Allegory of Good Government and Bad Government By
Ambrogio. 1338-1340. Fresco in the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena.
Vocabulary for the Week
- buon fresco ("true fresco")
- fresco secco ("dry fresco")
- giornata/ giornate=day, days (in fresco making)
- tramezzo, or, ponte
- narrative=the story
- patron saint=every city has at least one, and often more than one.
Florence: The Doors for the Baptistery
- Andrea Pisano: The first set of doors for the
Stories of the Life of St. John the Baptist, patron saint of
Florence. Now on the south side of the Baptistery. 28 panels: 20 devoted
to St. John and 8 to Virtues.
- The Competition Panels of Lorenzo Ghiberti and Filippo
Brunelleschi, circa 1401. See Turner, 41, for the photos.
- Lorenzo Ghiberti's first set of
doors for the Baptistery. 1403-1424. Also 28 panels: 20 on the Life of
Christ and 8 for the Evangelist and the Fathers of the Church.
- Lorenzo Ghiberti's second set of doors ("The Gates of
Paradise", as named by Michelangelo). Made 1425-1452. Illustrated in
Turner, 106 and 108.
- A bonus:
a photo of the Gates of Paradise before they were completely
cleaned and before they were substituted by the wretch copy made by the
Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) the Architect
The Development of the Palace in Florence
- Palazzo Davanzati, Florence Begun
mid-14th century, it is now just about the only late-Medieval/Early
Renaissance palace in Florence that preserves much of its early
- Michelozzo Michelozzi. The Palazzo
Medici. Built for Cosimo il Vecchio de'Medici, after his return from
- Leon Battista Alberti. Palazzo
Rucellai Built for (part of) the Rucellai family.
- Benedetto da Maiano and Il Cronaca: Palazzo Strozzi
Benedetto da Maiano began the building in 1498; Il Cronaca did the
courtyard and the third story (1490-1504)
Alberti and Perspective
- Alberti. Facade for the church of Santa Maria
Novella, Florence. 1470.
- Gentile da Fabriano. Adoration of
the Magi. 1423. Also called the Strozzi Altarpiece; made for their
chapel in the church of Santa Trinita, Florence.
- Donatello. Predella panel from the statue of St. George. Made for
Orsanmichele, Florence, ca. 1417. Types of perspective and relief.
Feast of Herod. On the Baptismal font in the Baptistery of Siena,
- Masaccio (1401-ca. 1428) Frescoes
in the Brancacci Chapel, church of Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence,
- Masaccio. The
Trinity. Fresco, Santa Maria Novella, ca. 1427/28.
End of Page Amusement: On
Florence, Rome, Art History, and Cigars By a kinda famous U.S. actor who
undertook the martyrdom of earning an M.A. in art history in the Syracuse
- piano nobile
- The Orders--Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Composite (also Tuscan)
- Vitruvius On Architecture
- pietra serena
- pilaster, column
- triangular pediment
- scratched relief (rilievo schiacciato
- linear (or, one-point perspective)
- atmospheric perspective
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