Leonardo 's Madonna Of The Rocks

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Compare, for example, Leonardo’s Madonna of the Rocks to Cimabue’s Madonna Enthroned. The gestures of Cimabue’s figures are varied and angled to make a pleasing formal arrangement leading viewers to Madonna and the child, but the painting is not naturalistic. There is hint of perspective in the work, but it does not make it realistic. Leonardo’s Madonna, sits in a real-looking landscape, and appears to have a natural looking posture, even whilst mid gesture. The painting has a single light source, which helps show light and shadow. Cimabue’s Madonna has a little facial shadowing that barely convey depth.
Renaissance art tended to be quite monumental. It was the time of a powerful and wealthy church, princely courts, and powerful patrons of the arts such as the de Medici family. Architecture, sculptures, and paintings were massive, opulent, and enduring. The primo fresco of the Sistine chapel is not only vast but was meant to last the test of time. Along with the monumentality of art, there was the emergence of artistic fame. Particular popes or patrons sought to be eternally commemorated with art commissions. Artists sough perfection and recognition. Not to only have their art endured, but also their fame.
In Medieval times, the Church was the main source of funding for art. Before the Renaissance, art was created by the Church to decorate the church buildings. However, with the rise of the Italian banking families individuals started commissioning art for private ownership.…
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