Giuliano Bugiardini’s, Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, Northern vs. Southern

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Paper Assignment I Throughout Europe, the Renaissance period had various effects on art which can be broken down and seen from Southern (Italian) and Northern paintings. With the renaissance, came disinterest in dogma, and more of a focus on naturalism and humanism. However, the strong influence of religion never left either the Northern or Southern art works, due to the commission by the church. Giuliano Bugiardini’s, Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, 1510, is a pristine depiction of what Southern European art during the renaissance contained, element by element. Northern artists kept most their roots, focusing heavily on religion while enhancing on the details and adding few aspects of naturalism; while Southern artists took…show more content…
John from a distance in real life. The shading and coloring give the viewers a realistic feel, while also displaying an abstract story for the viewers’ interpretation. These aspects are just two of the techniques used that differentiated Southern and Northern artwork. The symmetrical appearance of the work was also common in Southern pieces that rooted back to the Greek’s advances in mathematics, while the realistic human anatomy roots to the newly acquired humanistic values in art. There is a clear focal point of Mary, with the addition of a subtle triangular composition created by the Mary, Jesus, and St. John. This composition creates order, which is more appealing than a painting with chaos and no clear focus. The trees and pathways in the background also seem to be proportional to the sizes of the three characters, diminishing in size as the picture recedes. This creates a visually appealing tone to the work of art, as for the brain does not have to atone for the abstract and surreal. The bodies are realistically portrayed, which again, adds to the curiosity of Southern artists had of true human anatomy. Mary has a figure, a popping bosom and stomach are not typically seen in a depiction of her. Jesus and St. John both have noticeable baby fat around their arms, legs, and stomach, which is unappealing for a piece of art, but is still

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