Photo Courtesy of Tsiosophy.comWe are moving into an exciting time in art history, the Renaissance! Many things were changing during this time.Not only were artists looking forward with new ideas, but they were also looking back and taking classical ideas and giving them new life. According to Carol Strickland Ph.D., who wrote The Annotated Mona Lisa,
"While art hardly died in the Middle Ages, what was reborn in the Renaissance-and extended in the Baroque period-was lifelike art. A shift in interest from the supernatural to the natural caused this change. The rediscovery of the Greco-Roman tradition helped artists reproduce visual images accurately. Aided by the expansion of scientific knowledge, such as an understanding of anatomy and perspective, painters of the fifteenth through sixteenth centuries went beyond Greece and Rome in technical proficiency."
As we study this transition in art history, we will be doing a color study, to prepare us for our last and final project of the year. Our color study will be to work as an art apprentice. Just as the apprentice mastered the making of his tools and more importantly the art of mixing tempura paint for the master, we will do the same. Then taking what we have learned, we will study the Sistine Chapel, as we look at tempura painting on dry Fresco, just like Michelangelo!
"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."
Below is a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel, spend some time really looking at all the paintings, it is such a wonder! I hope to some day to stand within its walls and look up! But for now this virtual tour will have to do. This is the next best thing I promise! Once you have clicked on the link below, click on the 'M' in the bottom left and it will allow your mouse to control the camera direction. Sweet! The + and - allow you to zoom in and out. This is awesome!
Can you tell what is the real architecture of the building and what has been painted? Can you read any of the Latin words that are in the Roman hand on the frieze that is around the room. Are the curtains on the walls real? What else do you observe?
Also look at the lay out of the artwork itself, I think Michelangelo was just brilliant!