Renaissance Art History Presentation ~ 183 Slides
This is a very complete, highly visual and thoroughly annotated presentation on the Renaissance art movement.
I have included 20 actual slides in the preview for you to download. This gives you the best idea of what this total product is like.
Because so many stories, whether religion or myth based, are present in this work, I have put annotations of those stories into this presentation with the art work, whenever it was feasible to do so. Excerpt 3, below, has two samples.
Increasingly, I have been using different geometric shapes to position these art works on the slide. The square and the rectangle often give the worst vantage point for viewing the art work. Variations of the parallelogram are working well for presenting better slide views of the art work. I also cut out the backgrounds on many sculptures and use the background of the slide instead so that the sculpture can be better positioned on the slide and seen in isolation.
There is a free poster to go with this program located here:
EXCERPT 1 FROM PROGRAM (BULLET POINTS ON RENAISSANCE)
~The Renaissance occurred in Europe, from the 14th to the 17th centuries, beginning in Florence in the 14th century.
~It started as a cultural movement in Italy and then spread to the rest of Europe.
~Its basis was humanism coupled with classical Greek philosophy.
~Humanism defined: an outlook attaching importance to the human rather than the divine.
~The Renaissance came after the Black Death (plague), which occurred in Europe between 1348 and 1350.
~Italy was very badly hit by the plague.
~This constant chain of death could have advanced Humanism by the survivors wanting to concentrate more on their lives on Earth, rather than on spirituality and the afterlife.
~The Renaissance affected art, architecture, politics, science and literature.
~Art was improved by adopting linear perspective, providing a naturally real look to the art works. Light and shadow were used. da Vinci studied human anatomy for his art.
~Although this era used to be presented as a cultural "advance" from the Middle Ages, that view has eroded in recent times.
~Now the two eras are looked upon as a continuum with a thousand ties between them.
~The Renaissance contained great art works about Christianity.
~Catholic Church patronized many works of Renaissance art.
~Yet intellectuals of the Renaissance began to look at religion differently, which eventually led to the Protestant Reformation.
~The stories, whether religious or mythical, are essential to this art style. Most of these figures have stories attached to them, which are given in the presentation whenever feasible.
EXCERPT 2 FROM PROGRAM (Renaissance & Realism)
In discussing any era of art nowadays, there is inevitably a discussion of realism versus abstraction. Popularly this often manifests itself in the comment, “I need to actually see something I recognize in the painting, not just a bunch of squiggles.”
Most art aficionados are satisfied by the realism they see in Renaissance painting and its absence of “squiggles.”
But realism exists on more than one level. One can argue that never has any group of artists spent more time and energy painting that which cannot be known in the real world than these Renaissance artists.
Their subject matter was heavily rooted in the speculative and supernatural. They depicted religious belief, as well as mythology and folk lore, to a degree never seen before or since.
They put a human face on the unknown but those entities are mostly not ever capable of being human, whether it is Venus or the Archangel Michael.
Look at the two images on the next page. Which is real?
Above right is da Vinci’s painting of the angel Gabriel announcing to the Virgin Mary that she will be giving a virgin birth to the Christ Child.
Immediate right is Franz Kline’s painting based on his using a projector in his studio to see the lines he’d made in drawing a rocking chair but in huge size of some of the strokes.
Arguably the Kline is the work of realism because it is a rocking chair but in blown up form. However, virgin births and angels cannot be verified in the real world so hence are not “real” or realistic.
EXCERPT 3 FROM PROGRAM (stories which go with art work)
~Mythology: Apollo wants Daphne. She flees from him but he has almost caught up. She calls upon her father, "Help me, Peneus! Open the earth to enclose me, or change my form, which has brought me into this danger! Let me be free of this man from this moment forward!" Peneus hears her and turns her into a tree.
Art Work: Apollo & Daphne
Antonio del Pollaiolo
Tempera on wood
~Biblical: “And now war broke out in Heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels, but they were defeated and driven out of Heaven. The great dragon, the primeval serpent, known as the Devil or Satan, who had led all the world astray, was hurled down to the earth and his angels were hurled down with him” (Rv 12:7-9).
St. Michael Fighting Satan
oil on panel