Saturday, November 1, 2014

Diversity of Florentine Renaissance Art

I am impressed with the artistic diversity that spawned from Florence during the Renaissance. Paintings range from excessively ornate, like the Journey of the Magi, to the dark colors and sfumato style of Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna on the Rocks. In sculpture, pieces ranged from the intensely dramatic and realistic (Pollaiuolo's Hercules and Antaeus comes to mind) to the lyric and metaphorical (like Donatello's David). The opportunity to explore a myriad of artistic styles inspired da Vinci, to become a Jack of all trades... and a master of all. It is no wonder that the term Renaissance Man people, like da Vinci, who were well versed in all popular media of artistic expression.

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