Wednesday, 20 October 2010
In the middle ages, the Roman era of realism was followed by Byzantine art. Art was made for religious purposes and comprised of symbols. Romanesque art stuck to the objectives of Byzantine art. Figures were static and not modeled. Gothic art came after Romanesque art and was about natural figures and background. The Italian artist, Giotto (1267- 1337), helped transform the inactive art of the medieval era. His paintings showed distance, perspective and modeling of figures with light and shadow. In his painting, Madonna Enthroned (around 1310), the faces are animated and the figures are more realistic. Giotto used light and color (hue, temperature) to model his figures and cloth. This painting is considered one of the best of Giotto’s art. His techniques were new. Some people consider Giotto the father of modern art.
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Posted by Arlene Babad, artist at 04:22