Videos: Great Illusions Began in Florence!

Posted: 2012/11/18 in Art Historians, Art History Trivia, Documentaries, Just for Fun, Uncategorized


 

Power of Perspective, Elevating Art of the Renaissance to a Science!

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Brunelleschi

Innovations shown in the Video:

Discovered the system of linear perspective, elevating art to a science

Major Achievements shown in the Video:

Built the Dome of The Cathedral of Florence

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Massacio

Innovation shown in the Video:

First to apply Brunelleschi’s system of perspective to painting, elevating art to a science

Major Achievements shown in the Video:

The Holy Trinity

Use of perspective and geometry is extraordinary, utilizes geometric instruments to map out images

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Donato Bramante

Innovation shown in the video:

A extraordinary use of architectonic aesthetics to create an illusion of expanse, playing off of shallow reliefs already embedded in the architectural apse thereby mastering the “power of perspective.” Introduced Renaissance architecture to Milan and High Renaissance architecture to Rome, creating the basic plans for St. Peter’s Basilica.

Major Achievement shown in the video:

The Church of Santa Maria

Factoid: The Church has the mural of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

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Innovation shown in the video:

A “monumental” use of architectonic illusion. Added 2 stories to building using amazing calculations.

Major Achievement shown in the video:

Sant’Ignazio’s Ceiling in Rome is an amazing demonstration of illusionism on a monumental scale (1600s).”

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Palazzo Spada’s Corridor in Rome demonstrates the use of forced perspective. Special effects reveal how Borromini used an optical trick to create the illusion of depth.”

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Teatro Olimpico – Andrea Palladio

‘The set design by Vincenzo Scamozzi for Palladio’s covered theater draws us in. This segment shows how perspective is used to create space that isn’t really there.”

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