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Shifting towards the Renaissance

Last time, we talked about the relationship of art with the church. Particularly, how art expressed beliefs and predispositions of the church. Christian religion then was a new system of belief and to reach the populace, it depended heavily on the portrayals of art in terms of paintings, murals, sculptures, rose windows, and even the architecture of the church itself.

This time, there is a drastic shift as artists rediscover classical antiquity. Artistic expressions explore classical values as an absolute value of art. It terms of philosophical thought, humanism was on the rise. The value of the human as a central figure causes a dramatic shift in valuations. The divine slowly shifts below humanistic thoughts and tendencies.

In terms of object, linear perspective was getting mastered, along with the development of oil and easel painting. Artists are now able to paint minute details which were important to their shifting secular patrons. Although religious subjects are still pre-dominant, there is a more secular aspect to them. Easel painting introduced the isolation of a subject from its environment. Everyday life, everyday people and everyday details are slowly coming into portrayal.

Shifts Part I: Early and Northern Renaissance

The Flagellation of Christ by Piero della Francesca

David by Donatello

Battle of the Ten Naked Men by Antonio Pollaiuolo

Portrait of a Young Woman in a Pinned Hat by Rogier van der Weyden

The Money Lender and His Wife by Quentin Massys

The Nymph of the Fountain by Lucas Cranach the Elder

A Young Hare by Albrecht Durer

Oh look. Gustave!

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Love talking about modern art. We started with theoretical essays, now we're discussing the -isms. The story of art that eventually lead to The Fountain is very interesting--world wars, development of capitalism, institutionalization, and rise of market industry. This class takes me on a journey, from the classroom to New York and Paris. I still remember seeing these works in the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and Pomidou. Building the student's canonical knowledge of art, at the same time teaching them to challenge the canon and canon-building, is difficult. I don't know if I will ever strike the right balance. Rewards of being in the teaching profession despite of all the challenges it presents. #art #artstud #modernart Let me lead the story with baby and I are just fine. But it didn't feel like it when I felt sharp pains at 2 am today. I woke my doctor and #gamerchef up, to ask and decide if we should go to the ER. Then the pain started subsiding. Doctor said I can just have a regular check-up later, as I was scheduled to have a check-up in a few days anyway. But if the pain returns, I should call. Everything was ok, except I felt exhausted. My weight and blood pressure are fine. Doctor listened to baby's heartbeat and it is strong. Apparently, baby is horizontal right now and probably jammed her feet on my rib cage, thus the sharp pains. As I am small and baby is getting bigger and stronger, kicks and movements are bound to cause me pain, lots of it. As long as the pain subsides, it is fine. One of those false alarms that rather scared me. To cap things off, we shopped for some necessities, saw some friends, and had a nice dinner. The coming weeks are gonna be challenging. Rest is essential. #babynarratives Sleepy baby girl keeping me company this Sunday afternoon. Been feeling exhausted the entire day, I think she shares the sentiment. Cute baby Bunny really loves the comforter. #bunny #toypoodle #dogsofinstagram Baby shower and house warming. We missed you Raquel! Next time just bring Alex. Catching up over pizza, donuts, and our first tikoy gift. Lol. Can't believe we've been friends for about two decades! Part 2 should definitely happen. #shower If there was any doubt to a new phase in our lives, there isn't anymore. We received brown tikoy for Lunar New Year. Lol. Singing 'we are family'.... #cny #newyear #2018 #gamerchef One of the awesome things we bought in Myanmar. Love it. Hope we can find this here also. #lentils #travel #myanmar
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