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My Art Project

Updated on September 24, 2014

La Primavera

Painted by Sandro Boticelli in 1482.
Painted by Sandro Boticelli in 1482. | Source

My Art Project

I am an art lover. I have learned to appreciate every single type of art there is, even if I do not get it or particularly care for it, I still appreciate it. The only type of art I have a problem with appreciating is modern art and that is because my kids could do most of what modern artists do, and none of them are over 10. Even though I appreciate all art, I do have my favorites. I really love artwork from the Romantic period but my top choice for art would have to be the Renaissance. I love the mythological element that comes with Renaissance Art. I also love the fact that, beyond having that mythological element, the paintings are properly proportionate. People do not overlap each other in a non-realistic manner, even though the art is kind of unrealistic itself. The link below is a link to the project that I had to do for my Art History class just recently. This gallery displays some very interesting pieces from the renaissance period. Renaissance art focuses primarily on humanism and has very strong mythological, pagan and secular elements. It also displays some of the more classical readings of that time period. Renaissance art is all about people and their religious histories. The art itself has a very linear quality and most of the artists during this time period used expressive human gestures and atmospheric perspectives. Figures are placed in realistic positions and have realistic placement through the entire painting or sculpture. That is not to say that people do not overlap, it is to say that people overlap in realistic dimensional ways. In the paintings from the renaissance the figures are placed in a sensible and believable three dimensional space, on in front of the other. "The renaissance celebrated sight and placed it at the apex of the hierarchy of the senses" (Quiviger, 2010, p.99). In sculptures, the use of the Greek Classical method was employed, meaning the use of actual human proportions and motions were used to make the sculptures. "Italian Renaissance artists became anatomists by necessity, as they attempted to refine a more lifelike, sculptural portrayal of the human figure" (Bambach, 2000). The sculptures still maintained the same type of believable three dimensional space. The art from this period seems to be some of the most famous and remembered works of all time, primarily because this was a time in which the upper class aristocrats ruled and they commissioned these great works of art for their homes and palaces. The Medici family had several pieces of art commissioned for their home countless times by numerous famous painters and sculptors. The renaissance is responsible for producing some of the most famous artists, and in turn, some of the most famous works of art. Among some of these famous pieces are works like 'The Damned Cast into Hell', 'Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife' and 'Birth of Venus'. It is undeniable that most of the artists from this time period were amazing as was the art.


Bambach, C. (2000). Anatomy in the renaissance. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Retrieved from (October 2002)

Quiviger, F. (2010). Sensory World of Italian Renaissance Art. London, GBR: Reaktion Books. Retrieved from

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Sculpted by Michelangelo Bounarroti in 1504.
Sculpted by Michelangelo Bounarroti in 1504. | Source

Last Supper

Painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1498.
Painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1498. | Source

My Art Journal

In my recent art class, which I passed with flying colors, we had to keep a weekly journal that contained pictures of art from reputable, scholarly resources, and our Art History Critique on each piece. This journal covered a period of five weeks. We had to choose a different work of art for every week and talk about it in Art History terms. I have done this with the works 'Mother Lamenting Her Child', 'Wounded Lioness', 'July 28: Liberty Leading the People', 'The Kiss' and 'The Gates of Hell'. 'The Gates of Hell' is by far one of my favorite pieces by one of my favorite artists, because it is very intricate and before it was completed things were removed and put on. Auguste Rodin is one of my favorite authors next to Da Vinci and Van Gogh, which is why I chose to discuss two of his different pieces, 'The Gates of Hell' and 'The Kiss'. These are not all renaissance art pieces, though renaissance is my favorite next to Romanticism, as we were supposed to write on many periods of art. My next favorites would be the Baroque or Realism periods. I was not that big of a fan of impressionism or abstract for some reason. Maybe it is because I like dark and brooding compared to light and pastel. I am also not that big of a fan of modern art. I feel like a lot of modern art is just a bunch of junk thrown together and given a concept once it forms an idea in the artists head. I am not saying that it is not interesting, I just personally do not get it and am partial to the more classical forms of artwork, especially when modern art can be created by my four children with finger paints, construction paper and glitter.

Mother Lamenting Over Her Child

Painted by Frederick Stiles Agate in 1824.
Painted by Frederick Stiles Agate in 1824. | Source

The Birth of Venus

As we went through the class we also had to create a class discussion on a ThingLink page. I found the program very interesting because you could place little dots around the picture and put facts in the boxes that popped up when hovered over. I also found it interesting because if you leave your ThingLink public people can remix the image. I am not entirely sure what this means but, every time I click on a remixed version it is the exact same as my original version. I did not spend that much time on the page beyond what I was supposed to do for class but I am definitely thinking about checking it out more thoroughly when I get some time on my hands. Either way, the link to this part of my project can be found below. I really enjoyed placing all the little random facts around the painting, and was surprised that I knew way more about the painting than I had anticipated I would. I love the fact that the painting is full of Greek mythology and has the Pagan theme that was so well known for art during this period. It also has the realistic coloring and humanistic feeling. I would have to say my favorite part of this piece is the interesting and modest way that Venus is partially covering herself with her hair as she is being blown into shore on a seashell. I also like the Zephyrus trailing behind Venus with the Nymph as he blows her onto shore. There were a bunch of different aspects of this painting that really caught my eye, which is why I used it.

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