Artists of the Renaissance by Irene Earls

By Irene Earls

The Renaissance stands as, arguably, the main major interval within the background of paintings. writer Irene Earls offers biographical chapters for every of the 10 most renowned artists from the eu Renaissance: Alberti, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Fra Filippo Lippi, Giotto, Leonardo, Mantegna, Masacio, Michelangelo and Raphael. every one bankruptcy lines the formative years and inventive improvement of the artist, recounts in vibrant aspect his such a lot noteworthy creations, locations his paintings inside of inventive, cultural, and philosophical (often non secular) contexts, and examines the ways that the artist stimulated next generations of artists. A timeline, bankruptcy bibliographies, a word list of phrases, and a topic index supply extra instruments for readers gaining knowledge of artists from this unprecedented interval of inventive construction and rebirth.

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Brunelleschi’s figures, on the other hand, appeared boardlike and not at all supple. As a result of winning the contest, Ghiberti received the commission in 1403 and a renewal in 1407. Both Ghiberti’s and Brunelleschi’s panel can be seen in the Bargello Museum. When viewed side by side one sees why Brunelleschi lost the contest. While Brunelleschi’s figures are sturdy and stiff, Ghiberti’s are graceful and flowing. Where Brunelleschi emphasized hard, dramatic emotion, Ghiberti gave his figures grace and elegance.

Not too long after this fascination overcame him, he constructed his own clocks. Several magnificent clocks came from his hand that are very different from ordinary Renaissance clocks. “Filippo’s clocks . . used springs instead of weights to drive their gear trains . . spring-loaded clocks are not known to have been invented for almost another hundred years” (King, p. 64). After making clocks, Brunelleschi again became intrigued with sculpture, for which he had been trained from a very young age, and thus became nearly in- 24 ARTISTS OF THE RENAISSANCE separable friends with Florentine sculptor Donato Donatello (c.

In a short time he became a master of niello, enamel (glassy, colored, opaque substance fused to surfaces of metals, glass, and pottery to ornament or protect), and colored or gilded ornaments in relief, as well as an expert in cutting, splitting, and setting diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and other precious gems. It seemed that in any work to which he applied himself, he found immediate success far beyond his years. Indeed, so deep were the roots of Brunelleschi’s talent that after a brief period of study he soared past his classmates and easily became accomplished in every aspect of the goldsmith’s art.

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