Paris Bordone During The Italian Renaissance

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During the Italian Renaissance, societal changes allowed for the introduction of high-class pieces of artwork into the elite community. Artists such as Michelangelo, and Botticelli flourished during this era, creating masterpieces that continue to relevant in this day, and age. One such painter, Paris Bordone played a very influential role in the renaissance and produced numerous works such as Annunciation, the Baptism of Christ, Bathsheba Bathing, with an African Servant, Chess Player, and A Portrait of a Lady. Born on July 5th, 1500, Bordone lived in Treviso before moving to Venice in his late adolescence. He applied for a brief apprenticeship with Renaissance giant Titian, and branched out as a painter by the 1520’s. There he began his career painting biblical portraits in Italy. Somewhere between 1534-1535, Bordone first gained recognition as an “maestro” for painting a canvas of the The Fisherman Presenting the Ring to Doge Gradenigo. This boosted his career, but also showcased his limitations as his usage of perspective in his painting created dwarfed backgrounds. However, this didn’t detract his fame as he became a famous name in Venetian cultural achievement. Bordone use of Mannerism lead to his crowning achievement, the Portrait of Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio in 1552. This piece of art embodies the four ideals of the Renaissance, as well as providing a critic of society. The Portrait of Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio was fabricated for master goldsmith Giovanni Jacopo

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