"Madonna" and "Venus" from Two Different Periods Essay

1130 WordsJun 21, 20125 Pages
"Madonna" and "Venus" From Two Different Periods I have always been intrigued by the many depictions of "Madonna" and "Venus" therefore I chose to compare and contrast Parmigianino’s “Madonna of the Long Neck” from the mannerist style of the later Renaissance and Titian's “Venus of Urbino” from Venetian Renaissance. First I will tell you a little bit about the historical background of both paintings, then I will prove my thesis by talking about exemplifies two artist's style and the movement it represents, and considering the differences between two artwork in artistic styles, subject matter, and formal approaches. First, “Madonna of the Long Neck” was created at the Mannerist period in 1535 by Parmigianino sized 7' x 4'.…show more content…
When looking at "Madonna with the Long Neck," the colors are subdued and dull but his use of color with the High Renaissance formula - the primary colors. In terms of mannerism, elongation was thought to create a more elegant and graceful look, which may be one of the main reasons why Mannerist art contained a lot of unnatural looking human figures. In the painting, I see a lot of elongation being used in different areas as well as oddly proportioned bodies. Madonna herself has a very extended neck, which holds up her smaller sized head making her look unusual and abnormal. Below her neck, I see her unnaturally slanted shoulders and her elongated fingers resting on her chest. Her legs also appear to be very long as they look much bigger than her narrow upper body. This makes for Madonna being a very colossal and dominant figure. Furthermore, when comparing Madonna to the women who stand beside her, Madonna is huge. In Madonna's lap is her baby Christ who also has unnaturally long features. The body of baby Christ is so long especially his legs. It looks like a much older boy. I think Pontormo wanted the audience to focus more on the bodies and the drama, rather than the specific details. In “Venus of Urbino,” Titian formed a good composition that balances somewhat the delicate static character of the reclining Venus with a consistent dynamic component. The painting
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