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1 High Renaissance Sponsored by the popes and cardinals who vowed to transform Rome Michelangelos ceiling of the Sistine Chapel Brmantes Tempietto and basilica for Saint Peter Raphaels frescoes for the Stanza della Segnatura Josquin des Prezs Pangue Lingua –polyphonic work, sang a cappella by the Sistine Chapel Choir Humanistic ideals of the age Aspiring to the standards of classical beauty

2 Leonardo da Vinci, Vitruvian Man, Vitruvius – the circle and the square are the ideal shapes Perfect shapes originate from the human body; they mirror the symmetry of the body

3 Rome at the Beginning of the 15th Century In the early 15 th century, Rome seemed a pitiful place. Its population had shrunk from around 1 million in 100 CE to under 20,000 as the result of the Black Death The ancient Colosseum was now in the countryside, the Forum was a pasture for goats and cattle, and the aqueducts had collapsed The popes had even abandoned the city when in 1309 Avignon was established as the seat of the Church. When Rome reestablished itself as the titular seat of the Church in 1379, succeeding popes rarely chose to visit the city, let alone live in it

4 Anonymous, View of Rome Oil on canvas, ca. 1550

5 Donato Bramante, Tempietto 1502 Bramantes Tempietto (Little Temple), built directly over what was revered as the site of Saint Peters Martyrdom, is modeled after a classical temple The 16 exterior columns are Doric, their shafts original ancient Roman granite columns Diameter of the shaft defines the entire plan. Each shaft is spaced four diameters from the next, and the colonnade they form is two diameters from the circular walls

6 Bramante, Tempietto, 1502 Embodiment of Italian humanist architecture Site of Saint Peters martyrdom Modeled on a classical temple

7 Michelangelo, David Marble, 17' 13", Michelangelo represents David before, not after, his triumph, confident, ready to take on whatever challenge faces him Each night, as workers installed the statue in the Piazza della Signoria, supporters of the exiled Medici hurled stones at it Others objected to the statues nudity, and before it was even in place, a skirt of copper leaves was prepared to spare the general public any possible offense


9 Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel While working on Julius IIs tomb, Michelangelo was commanded by Julius to paint the 45- by 128-foot ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At first he refused, but in 1508 he reconsidered and began the task Michelangelo designed an ambitious plannine scenes from Genesis, surrounded by prophets, Sibyls, the ancestors of Christ, and other scenes, narrating events before the coming of the law of Moses To paint the ceiling, Michelangelo had to construct a scaffold that moved down the chapel from the entrance to the altar. Thus, the first frescoes painted were the Noah group, and the last, the Creation

10 Sistine Chapel Ceiling Fresco, 45' 128',


12 Creation of Adam With the Creation of Eve serving as the center panel, Michelangelo planned the ceiling as a pairing of opposites, with the scenes before Eve representing Creation before the knowledge of good and evil entered the world, and everything after her showing the early history of fallen mankind In the Creation of Adam, Adam is lethargic, passive; God flies through the skies carrying behind him a bulging red drapery that suggests both the womb and the brain, creativity and reason Adam, father of humankind, and God the Father are posed along parallel diagonals, and their right legs are in nearly identical positions. The fluttering green ribbon in Gods space echoes the colors of the earth upon which Adam lies


14 Michelangelo, Creation of Adam Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome, 1510

15 Michelangelo, Studies for the Libyan Sibyl Red Chalk, 11-3/8" 8-7/26", ca Michelangelo, Libyan Sibyl Fresco, 1512 A virtuoso display of technique mastery, the Libyan Sibyl underwent dramatic changes between Michelangelos preliminary sketches and the final painting.



18 Raphael As Michelangelo was beginning work on the Sistine ceiling, the young painter Raphael arrived in Rome and quickly secured a commission from Julius II to paint the popes private rooms in the Vatican Palace The first of these rooms was the Stanza della Segnature, Room of the Signature, which Julius used as a library On each of the four walls Raphael was to paint one of the four major areas of human learning: Law and Justice, to be represented by the Cardinal Virtues; the Arts, to be represented by Mount Parnassus; Theology, to be represented by the Disputà, or Dispute over the Sacrament; and Philosophy, to be represented by the School of Athens. Two scenes had classical themes, the other two Christian

19 Raphael, School of Athens Fresco, 19' 27',

20 Raphael, Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de Medici and Luigi de Rossi Panel, 60½" 47", 1517 After Julius died in 1513, the new pope, Leo X, son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, quickly hired Raphael for other commissions His portrait of Leo suggests a new direction in Raphaels art. The lighting is more somber, and there is greater emphasis on the material reality of the scene The painting creates a sense of drama, as if the viewer is witness to an important historical moment


22 Michelangelo, Laurentian Library Staircase Designed beginning 1524; completed 1559 Michelangelos most original contribution to the library, which was designed to house the Medicis book collection, is the large triple stairway The cascading waterfall effect suggests that Michelangelo was becoming increasingly interested in exploring realms of the imagination beyond the humanist vision of a rational world governed by structural logic

23 Santi di Tito, Niccolò Machiavelli ca A humanist scholar, Machiavelli ( ) had studied the behavior of ancient Roman rulers and citizens at great length In 1512, Machiavelli was dismissed from his post as second chancellor, wrongfully accused of being involved in a plot to overthrow the new heads of state, imprisoned, tortured, and finally exiled permanently to a country home in the hills above Florence There, beginning in 1513, he wrote The Prince, his essay on political power

24 The High Renaissance in Venice Of all the Italian cities, Venice alone could claim invincibility because it possessed the natural fortification of being surrounded on all sides by water Venice considered itself blessed by Saint Mark, whose relics resided in the cathedral of Saint Marks A center of fashion, Venice provided the continent with satins, velvets, and brocades During the Renaissance, an elaborate, sensuous style of architecture would develop in Venice

25 View of the Doges Palace, with Saint Marks Cathedral to the Left

26 Carpaccio, Lion of Saint Mark, 1516, Venice Venice considered itself blessed by Saint Mark, whose relics resided in the cathedral of Saint Mark

27 Masters of the Venetian High Renaissance: Giorgione and Titian The two great masters of painting in the Venetian High Renaissance were Giorgione da Castelfranco, known simply as Giorgione (ca ), and Tiziano Vecelli, known as Titian (ca ) Giorgione especially had been inspired by Leonardos visit to Venice in As did Leonardo in his landscapes, Giorgione and Titian built up color on their canvases by means of glazing Their paintings, like the great palaces of Venice whose reflections shimmered on the Grand Canal, demonstrate an exquisite sensitivity to the play of light and shadow, to the luxurious display of detail and design, and to an opulent variety of pattern and texture

28 Giorgione, Tempest Oil on canvas, 31¼" 28¾", ca Nothing about this painting could be called controlled. The landscape is overgrown and weedyjust as the man and woman are disheveled and disrobed Lightning has revealed to the viewer a scene not meant to be witnessed Sensuality, even outright sexuality, would become a primary subject of Venetian art

29 Giorgone, Tempest, 1509 Mysterious quality, atmospheric painting Almost nude young woman, German mercenary soldier Pediment topped with two broken columns

30 Pastoral Concert A harmony of opposites: male and female, clothed and nude, the nobleman and the peasant, court music and folk song, city and country, and so on Musical instruments (the lute and the flute)metaphors for parts of male and female anatomy, a usage common in both the art and the literature of the period Narrative presents a purposefully mysterious dream world, giving the viewers imagination the freedom to play

31 Giorgone, pastoral Concert, 1510 Sensuality Men are fully clothed Venetian nobleman, peasant garb Instruments -metaphors

32 Titian, Sacred and Profane love, 1514 Lamp –divine light Neoplatonic ideal of the celestial Venus and sacred love

33 Titian, Sacred and Profane Love Oil on canvas, 46½" 109-7/8", ca Two female figuresnude is sacred love and luxuriously clothed is earthly or profane love probably represent two aspects of the same woman.

34 Titian, Reclining Nude, 1538 Venus of Urbino –more like a woman than an ethereal goddess

35 Titian, Reclining Nude (Venus of Urbino) Oil on canvas, 47" 65", ca More real woman than ethereal goddess, this Venus stares out at the viewer with matter-of-factness, suggesting she is totally comfortable with her nudity.

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