Renaissance Art

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Renaissance Art

Some terms to KnowForeshortening - The term foreshortening refers to the artistic effect of shortening lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth.Sfumato - The term sfumato refers to a fine art painting technique of blurring or softening of sharp outlines by subtle and gradual blending of one tone into another. This stems from the Italian word sfumare meaning to evaporate or to fade out. Chiaroscuro - The term chiaroscuro refers to the fine art painting modeling effect of using a strong contrast between light and dark to give the illusion of depth or three-dimensionality. This comes from the Italian words meaning light (chiaro) and dark (scuro).

Many scuplters used marble as their first choire for making free-standing statues. Marble is a soft white stone and is easily sculpted and it is very easy to apply textures to. Other artists cast statues in bronze, which requires creating a clay mold and then casting individual, hollow sections of the statue and soldered together. Now, if you were a painter during the Renaissance, most paintings were frescos, or mural paintings on church walls. The pigments that were used for the frescos were mixed with water and then directly painted onto the wall. But is some cases, artists used egg yolk to mix with egg yolk, which mixxed better with the pigments but dried quickly. Later, artists developed a new style of painting that used paint made from pigments mixed with oils. Oil paints were pretty popular in the Netherlands and near the end of the Renaissance, would be embraced by Italian artists as well. Oil paints dry more evenly, the colors don't bleed and you don't get that yellowish tint that tempera paints sometimes end up with. You must be asking how and what these famous painter used as their canvas? In the beginning, painters first used linens and other cloth sheets to paint. Because cloth for cloths had to be made every day, they could just take an extra sheet and use it for their creative space.


There are over 150 artists known and unknown that emerged during that Rennaissance and so many beautiful pieces came into the light. Here's a small list of a few you might know:Giotto di Bondone (1267–1337)Donatello (c. 1386 – December 13, 1466)Leonardo da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519)Michelangelo (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564)Raphael (April 6 or March 28, 1483 – April 6, 1520)Sandro Botticelli (c. 1445 – May 17, 1510)

Techniques Used in 1400

Renaissance Art 1400

1400 Europe

In the year 1400, the Renaissance enveloped Europe in a warm blanket of cultural diffusion. Europe was a prime place for the Renaissance becuase of its location, right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Many different ideas and traditions came to Europe at this time and one of the biggest emerging cutlural changes was art. Art became a new way to express artisans ideas and pieces could be sold for anywhere from 150 euro to 1000euro. Many atrists were often spondored by wealthier families who commisioned paintings of their families of candids in the European countryside. Other methods of inspiration came from philosophy, architecture, literature, and many more. It wasn't just about the material knoledge, it was also artistry that could be obtained form the inspiration of the mind.

This is a Fresco, or mural painting, that is found in Bavaria, Germany.

Tempra Painting


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