Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Renaissance

Lorenzo Ghiberti, Sacrifice of Abraham, Competition Panel, Italian Renaissance

Filippo Brunelleschi, Sacrifice of Abraham, Competition Panel, Italian Renaissance

Florence Cathedral, dome designed and built by Filippo Brunelleschi, Italian Renaissance

Filippo Brunelleschi, The Pazzi Chapel, Florence, The Italian Renaissance

Linear Perspective; print by Vredeman de Vries

Linear Perspective: Masaccio, The Trinity, Italian Renaissance

Masaccio, The Tribute Money from the Brancacci Chapel, Italian Renaissance

Lorenzo Ghiberti, Second set of doors for the Florence Baptistery, "The Gates of Paradise," Italian Renaissance

Donatello, St. George, Italian Renaissance

Donatello, David, the first free-standing nude sculpture since ancient times, Italian Renaissance.

Jan Van Eyck, The Arnolfini Betrothal, Flemish Renaissance, an oil painting.

Rogier Van Der Weyden, Descent from the Cross, Flemish Renaissance, oil painting

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, Italian Renaissance


Lorenzo Ghiberti
--competition panels
Filippo Brunelleschi
--Dome of the Cathedral of Florence
--linear perspective
-----vanishing point
International Gothic
egg tempera painting
--Brancacci Chapel
Flemish Painting
--oil painting
--Jan Van Eyck
----symbolic realism
--Rogier Van Der Weyden

read Chapter 15

Easter in Florence

The Scoppio del Carro del Fuocco, "Explosion of the Cart of Fire."
Every Easter, the Florentines drag out an enormous 4 story high cart called the Brindellone ("The Big Old Wreck"), hitch it up to a team of 4 white oxen and parade it through the streets of the city stopping in front of the Cathedral in time for Easter Mass. After the choir sings the Gloria of the Mass, a deacon takes a candle and lights it from the Paschal candle, and then ... well, watch what happens.

From the 2013 Scoppio del Carro,

The Florentines have been doing this ceremony in its present form complete with fireworks in church for almost 600 years. They've been doing some form of this Easter ritual for almost a thousand years. Remarkably, they have not yet burned down the Cathedral.