Tag Archives: Early Italian Renaissance

Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, c. 1482, tempera on panel, 80" x 124", Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Public Domain via Wikipedia. Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, c. 1482, tempera on panel, 80

Take a Minute: Botticelli’s Primavera

The Italian painter Sandro Botticelli was a master of the Early Renaissance, which means that people saw a new naturalism in his art as well as the influence of Classical Antiquity in subject matter and style. Botticelli landed a great job working in Florence … Continue reading

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Just a Second: Linear Perspective

Linear Perspective (noun) A technique for creating an illusion of three-dimensional space in two-dimensional artwork that was invented by Filippo Brunelleschi during the early Italian Renaissance.  In a work of art that uses this system to create space, all straight … Continue reading

Maestà by Duccio di Buoninsegna, 1308-1311, tempera on wood, 214 x 412 cm, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Just a Second: Maestà

Maestà (noun) Italian for “majesty,” a maestà is an image type that depicts the Virgin and Child enthroned with angels surrounding them. Perhaps the best known maestà is by Duccio, who painted the subject for the Siena Cathedral.  Duccio’s rendition of … Continue reading

Giotto, The Nativity, 1305-1306, fresco, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padua, Italy, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Just a Second: Fresco

 Fresco (noun) Italian word for “fresh,” fresco is a technique of painting in which an artist mixes ground pigments with water and paints them onto wet plaster. Giotto’s beautifully expressive fresco paintings are actually part of the wall of the … Continue reading