I. Art History Early Renaissance
1. Who is Giotto?
2. Prepare to compare in class Giotto and Cimabue's Madonna Enthroned.
3. What is a Mendicant Order?
4. What was the Arena Chapel? http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/giotto-arena-chapel-part-1.html
5. What is Renaissance Humanism? Why are changes in Europe (religious, political, economic) and the resulting changes in art happening at this time?
6. Pick one piece of work from the Metropolitan Museum Renaissance collection and describe how it reflects Humanism.
7. Compare a frame from Giotto’s Arena Chapel with Perugino, Christ delivering the Keys to the City. How has painting evolved?
8. Compare the 2 David statues. How are the figures handled differently? What is the narrative power in Michelangelo’s David?
9. What is patronage? How does Michelangelo's David eximplify Florentine/Medici Patronage?
a. Consider the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the idea of Patronage. How does patronage affect a work of art?
b. How is patronage represented in Masaccio’s Holy Trinity? In the Merode Altarpiece of Robert Campin? (see below)
10. Write a careful visual analysis of Masaccio’s Holy Trinity. Connect your observations to the goals and interests of the Renaissance
a. How does the Expulsion of Adam and Even reflect Renaissance concerns?
11. How does the composition in Leonardo's Last Supper reinforce the drama?
12. Look at Leonardo's drawings from the early powerpoint. Write some observations and questions about these works.
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13. Prepare a list of facts and humanistic connections for discussing the School of Athens.
14. See theme questions below for finishing this powerpoint
II. The RECLINING FIGURE – OTHER MEANINGS and APPROPRIATION
1. Consider the Titian slide 13 and read page 622-32 in the text. What makes Venetian art different from Contemporary Roman and Florentine painting? How does this painting exemplify qualities of Venetian Renaissance art? Choose another Venetian artist and describe the characteristics of this work.
a. Vishnu Asleep on the Serpent Ananta (p 437 new book) Another work with a reclining figure. Compare and contrast the convention of a reclining figure in this work with Titian and Manet. Address the characteristics of the figure (anatomy, form) and the symbolic function of the figure. What does the artwork mean in each historical and regional setting?
b. Manet’s Olympia. How and why does Manet appropriate ideas from the Venus of Urbino?
c. How and why does Cindy Sherman (AP Packet) use appropriation?
d. What does the reclining figure communicate in the Kiki Smith work from the AP packet?
2. What is Mannerism? P 632-640. Explain how Pontormo’s Descent from The Cross is Mannered? How is Bronzino’s Venus, Cupid, Folly, Time a Mannered work?
Northern Renaissance Chapter 20 and Chapter 23 (untl France)
1. The Merode Altarpiece-How do the sacred and spiritual intersect in this work? How does the same thing happen in the Arnolfini Wedding Portrait?
2. How do the paintings and sculptures from this geographical region differ from Italy- (Use Chapter 20 for these answers- in addition to your own visual analysis)
3. How is symbolism and narrative used in the Ghent Altarpiece?
4. What is interesting to you about Matthias Grunewald’s Altarpiece?
Durer’s Adam and Eve.
a. What is etching? Why did printmaking appeal to Durer?
b. Describe the symbolism in this etching
2. How does Durer represent the Reformation?
3. These 3 prints are considered a Suite of Humanistic Values. How do the 3 reflect ideals, ideas and aspirations of the Renaissance mind?
a. Pick a favorite and analyze the work in detail.