Art History 334
Survey of Italian Renaissance Art
The Slide Lists: Page Two
February 24 to 28
Paolo Uccello (1397-1475)
Fra Angelico (1400-1455)
- The Library
of San Marco. The personal architect of Cosimo de'Medici, Michelozzo
built this, the first public public library in Western Europe as part of
the Medici family and Dominican renovation of the church of San Marco.
Fra Filippo Lippi (ca. 1406-1469)
March 3 to March 7
More "Sweet Style"
- Domenico Veneziano. (ca. 1410-ca. 1461)
Madonna and Child Panel painting, ca. 1435. Berenson Collection,
Saint Lucy Altarpiece (Madonna and Child with Saints). Panel painting,
1445. Here are the predella panels, now separated from the altarpiece and
in separate museums. Presumably they were placed in the order below, which
corresponds to the order of the figures in the altarpiece.
The Pazzi Madonna. Marble relief, 1420s/30s. To show you that
Donatello is the great pioneer of the the genre of the Madonna and Child
- Luca della Robbia: The
Madonna of the Apple Enameled terracotta relief, ca. 1460.
A Comparison of the Styles of Luca della Robbia and Donatello
- Luca della Robbia.
The Cantoria (Singing Gallery) for the Cathedral of Florence.
1431/1438. Marble. Now in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
The Cantoria (Singing Gallery) for the Cathedral of Florence. 1433/1446.
Marble, with gold mosaics and bronze. Also in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
The Renaissance Artist with most cause to file suit for
- Andrea del Castagno (1423-1457):
The Last Supper. Refectory (dining room) of the convent of
Sant'Apollonia, Florence. Fresco, ca. 1445-1450.
Heroes, Heroines, and Real People
- Andrea del Castagno
Famous Men and Women Fresco, ca. 1450. Formerly in the villa Carducci
of Legnaia, now a suburb of Florence.
David Bronze, with gilding, ca. 1440 (date is much debated). Formerly
displayed in the courtyard of the Palazzo Medici.
- Donatello. Mary
Magdalene Wood, painted and gilded, mid-1450s. Formerly inside the
Baptistery of Florence, now in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
- Donatello. Judith
and Holofernes Bronze, formerly in front of the Palazzo Vecchio (also
called the Palazzo Signoria) in Florence. Commissioned by Cosimo de'Medici
for the garden of the Palazzo Medici, after the fall of the Medici it was
moved to the Palazzo Vecchio.
- Alesso Baldovinetti. Portrait of a
Young Woman Panel painting, ca. 1460. National Gallery of Art,
- Antonio Rossellino.
Portrait Bust of the historian and pharmacist Matteo Palmieri. Marble,
1468. Formerly displayed above the front door of his house, now in the
Bargello. Oh, here is a link to to his still operating pharmacy.
- Desiderio da Settignano. The
Laughing Boy. Marble, ca. 1453-1463. Kunsthistorisches Museum,
Vienna. Don't read the text at the link. There do indeed seem to be
portrait busts of little boys where the individual likeness was merged
with the identity of the Christ Child or St. John the Baptist. This seems
to have been a way to encourage little boys to personally identify with
Christ or the Baptist.
Florentines Monumental in Death
- Bernardo Rossellino Tomb
of Leonardo Bruni Marble with colored stone. Church of Santa Croce,
Florence, 1444-1447. This wall tomb is one of many of this general type
set up in Florence and other Italian cities during our period. He was a
scholar of the law, Latin, and Greek, and later became Chancellor of Florence
and then secretary to the (first) Pope John XXIII. The frame of the tomb is
in the form of a triumphal arch, recalling the honorific structures set up
for ancient military commanders and later for Emperors. With its
Christian decoration such as the roundel relief of the Virgin and
Child held up by angels, the structure by combining elements of ancient
and Christian art epitomizes the new way to use both types of art
- Domenico Ghirlandaio.
The Chapel for the Sassetti Family Frescoes and panel painting. Church
of Santa Trinita, Florence; 1480-1485. Decorated for Francesco and Nera
Corsi Sassetti, wealthy members of the upper class of Florence and friends
of the Medici. The paintings are gorgeously expansive and personalized
renderings of the story of the life of St. Francis, filled with portraits
of the Sassetti family, the Medici, and their associates. See Turner,
Lorenzo de'Medici, the End of the Century, and the
Beginnings of Michelangelo
Cosimo de'Medici dies in 1464. He is succeeded by his sickly son,
Piero, called "Piero the Gouty" for the disease that afflicted him, and
he died in 1469. He in turn was succeeded by his son Lorenzo (1449-1492),
who with his brother Giuliano (1452-1478) continued to rule Florence, now
in a more obvious manner. In 1478 a conspiracy led by the Pazzi family
killed Giuliano (during Mass in the Cathedral of Florence); Lorenzo was
wounded but fought his way into the nearby sacristy, where he and his
friends barracaded the door while his associates killed the conspirators.
From this point Lorenzo's rule becomes somewhat harsher, while his
support of the arts becomes more active. He was also a poet of nearly the
first rank, and he had an active interest in classical culture and
philosophy. Among the many artists he supported was the teenage
Michelangelo, who was invited to move into the Medici Palace and, with
many others, invited to dine with Lorenzo. He is thought to have studied
Lorenzo's sculpture collection and to have studied, although how formally
is unknown, with one of the last survivors of Donatello's workshop, the
sculptor Bertoldo. Bertoldo made the celebrated commemorative
Giuliano and Lorenzo
de'Medici. Lorenzo died in 1492, probably from the gout that had
killed his father.
- Giuliano da Sangallo, and perhaps in part by Lorenzo de'Medici: Villa
Poggio a Caiano Begun circa 1480. One of several country houses built
by the Medici in Tuscany. Just look at the painting on the site.
- Sandro Botticelli.
Primavera The "Allegory of Spring." Panel painting, 1480s.
Lamentation over the Dead Christ Panel painting, ca. 1490s. Now in the
Alte Pinakothek, Munich. You might wish to compare this with
- Michelangelo (1475-1564)
The Pieta St. Peter's Basilica, Rome. Marble, over lifesize. 1498/99.
David Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence. Marble, 1501/1504. Intended
originally for one of the buttresses of the Cathedral of Florence, it was
set up instead in front to the Palazzo Vecchio.
THE LIST OF ART SUITABLE FOR THE FINAL
Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1499)
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Bronze, about half life size, ca. 1473-1475.
Lady with the Flowers Marble, Bargello Museum, 1475-80, circa.
and Doubting Thomas Bronze, figures just over life-size. Orsanmichele,
Equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni Campo (Piazza) Ss Giovanni e
Paolo, Venice. Bronze, ca. 1485-1490.
The Baptism of Christ Includes passages by Leonardo da Vinci and
perhaps another artist from Verrocchio's workshop. ca. 1472-1472. Oil on
Leonardo da Vinci
to sing an Italian song!
The Annunciation ca. 1472; Uffizi, Florence. Don't read the stuff
about the sarcophagus.
- The Adoration of the Magi. 1481-1482. Uffizi, Florence.
- The Virgin of the Rocks Oil, ca. 1482/83 (?) Don't
worry about the London version. See also the drawing of
the Sforza monument. This is part of a large site about Leonardo as an
inventor and scientist at the Museo della Scienza in Milan. You can also
read about the modern-day project to cast the horse from Leonardo's
- The Last Supper The Refectory of the convent of Santa
Maria delle Grazie, Milan, completed 1498.
Portrait of Ginevra de'Benci, of circa 1474.
- Mona Lisa 1503-1506 circa.
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