A Comparison of Two Paintings from the Renaissance Period Essay

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A Comparison of Two Paintings from the Renaissance Period Introduction This paper will compare the themes found in the paintings "Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist and an Angel" by Domenico di Bartolomeo Ubaldini (Puligo) and "Madonna Enthroned" by Giotto. Both paintings deal with fables from the Christian faith but were executed during different periods in art. The Giotto painting was created around 1310 and the Puglio painting was executed between 1518 – 1520. Here, these two paintings have similar themes both at the extreme beginnings and endings of the Italian Renaissance, and as such they serve to present an exceptional example of the developments in art that occurred within that time. This paper shall compare…show more content…
While both reflect a Biblical theme with a central focal point of the Madonna and Child, "Madonna Enthroned" has a key image that is best viewed from a central position and "Madonna and Child…" has a greater degree of importance over the majority of the surface of the canvas. In "Madonna and Child…" the viewer does not perceive that an image is being forced upon them as is found in the work by Giotto. A use of light and space is also key to preventing the Puligo piece from being "forced", where the organization of distance visibly removes the viewer from "Madonna Enthroned" while drawing the viewer into the painting in "Madonna and Child…". Color also serves a similar purpose, where Giotto's work is monochromatic but ocher while Puligo's work carries a greater expression through the detail involved. The mood of these two pieces is remarkable in that color does not play as great an importance as the figures surrounding the focal point of the Madonna and Child. These figures are both essential to the composition of the piece, but in "Madonna Enthroned" the viewer is left thinking that the Madonna and Child are truly untouchable. The mood of this piece, while certainly not "dark", does not inspire any. Even the angels by either side are careful not to come near the holy woman and child. In "Madonna and Child…" however, the entire composition is subject to
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