Great Painters by Piero Ventura

By Piero Ventura

Lines the advance of ecu portray from the overdue 1200's via global conflict I through studying the lives and works of such artists as Giotto, Delacroix, Gauguin, and Picasso.

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53 i " ** Because the streets of Venice are actually canals, Giovanni Bellini's great altarpiece, carefully wrapped, leaves his studio for its journey by boat the Church of San Zaccaria. Andrea Mantegna's wife, Nicolosia, to was the sister of Giovanni Bellini, another great painter. Giovanni Bellini and his brother Gentile both worked Venice was different from other as artists in Venice. Politically, Italian cities in that its most powerful families had managed balance so that the city had remained a republic, with a ruler Doge as its head.

He has which tall building, his to the horizon will be greater to decide what a scene is than if view he foreground size figures in the should be so that they will be in proportion to figures that are at a distance. To get an idea of what is meant by this, hold your thumb up against a window and look at the building behind it. Your thumb appears bigger than the building, but you know the building is bigger, so it must be farther away. The artist must also take into consideration that parallel lines stretching out into the distance (such as the two tracks of a wagon trail) have to come together at a fixed point on the horizon, the so-called vanishing point, in order to give a feeling of distance.

Horse as a target for their muskets. During a time when Leonardo was at the Milan court of Ludovico il Moro, he painted his most important work in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the great fresco, The Last Supper. It has been said that the Prior of the convent complained that Leonardo would come in, stare at the picture for two hours, make six brush strokes and then leave again. Leonardo explained that he was having man as evil as Judas Iscariot, but if difficulty visualizing the face of a the Prior was in a hurry, he would paint in the Prior's face!

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