Art History Museum paper Essay

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Art History Museum paper



As a student of art history, going to a museum is the only way to fully experience a work
of art. By only looking at a painting or sculpture in a book or on a slide, you cannot
fully experience the work of art. By going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was able
to look at paintings that dated from centuries old, to recent times.

Bruges, The Life and Miracles of Saint Godelieve, 15th Century, Tempera on wood
The Proto-Renaissance alter piece, The Life and Miracles of Saint Godelieve was done by
the artist Bruges. This piece is very typical of its time period. The title alone,
summarizes what art was in this period, religious. The painting itself is not
proportionate, has no vanishing point, and the saints have a globe-like halo. All the
faces look the same, if you walked down the street, you would not be able to pick out an
individual model for this painting, because there probably was no modeling done.

Raphael, Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints, 1504, oil on wood
The Raphael alter-piece, Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints, was painted in 1504. The
surface is very smooth, you cannot see any brushstrokes. The figures are placed in a
pyramid shape, with the Madonnaís face as the center, and the viewer as the wormís
eye-view perspective. The faceís still all look the same, but there is much more detail in
this piece than in The Life and Miracles of Saint Godelieve. The bright colors, details,
size of the alter-piece, and what we now recognize as halos on the angels make this work a
typical Raphael.

Designed by Francesco di Giorgio, Gubbio Studiolo, 1476, wood trompe-líoeil
The Gubbio Studiolo is amazing. At a first glance everything looks real. But then at a
closer look, you realize the benches and cabinets that are there, are not real benches and
cabinets at all. Itís all wood inlayed on a wall. To create shadows, the artist used
different types of wood. It is supposed to have the effect of having the viewer think
everything is three dimensional. Even the ceiling is part of this effect. The scene this
work depicts has all aspects of learning portrayed; religion, science, music, and
literature. The artist places items symbolizing these different parts of learning by
placing them into the "cabinets" that are all around.

Bronzino, Portrait of a young Man, 1550, oil on wood
The mannerist work, Portrait of a Young Man was done by Bronzino. The painting contains
aspects conveyed by the mannerist period. The young man is holding a book, which leads the
viewer to make the assumption that he his very learned. The man conveys an attitude toward
us, as if he is the best. The composition itself has "hidden" grotesques all over. The
manís eyes are purposely distorted, one eye is looking straight out, while the other is
looking towards the side. His long fingers are placed in very odd positions, making this
piece very mannerist.

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