Art Appreciation Week 6: 15th & 16th Century Art of Europe

Describe the Art of Flanders
—Continuation of the International Style
—precision and accuracy (attention to details)
—Telling stories with morals

What is a triptych?
—a painting on 3 hinged panels that can be folded together

What are 5 symbols and their meanings in The Arnolfini Wedding?
—man’s right hand raised: oath of marriage
—her green dress (bunched up): fertility/pregnancy
—dog: loyalty
—his/her shoes off: holy event (wedding)
—oranges: innocence/wealth
—open window: open/well-known marriage
—1 candle in chandelier: presence of God
—candle on man’s side: man has power in the marriage
—Carving of St. Margaret on bedpost/headboard: childbirth

What do Vander Wyden’s “Portrait of a Lady” and Grunewald’s “The Small Crucifixion” have in common?
—Both are light on a dark background

What does “Death and the Miser” by Bosch show?
—Man’s struggle between good and evil

What is mannerism and its characteristics?
A deliberate revolt by artists against the goals of the Renaissance
—Painterly style (visible brush strokes)
—Elongated figures
—Odd perspectives
—Uneven light
—lots of drama

Name 2 ways that Tintoretto draws your eye to the focal point of “Presentation of the Virgin”.
—People are pointing at her
—setting makes her seem like a silhouette (light-dark contrast)

What painting did El Greco consider to be his greatest work?
—The Burial of Count Orgaz

What is Albrecht Durer known for?

What do the 3 Holbein portraits have in common?
—by the same artist
—forward facing
—plain background