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Glossary of Terms - Renaissance

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Annunciation
the moment when the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was to have a son was often depicted in Gothic, Renaissance and Counter-Reformation art
Chiaroscuro
the contrasting effects of light and shade, employed by artists such as Leonardo and Rembrandt
Contrapposto
The twisting torso of a figure placing most of its weight on one leg, much favored by Renaissance artists
Fetes Galantes
Baroque and Rococo depiction of charming pastoral scenes, often in a pastel palette
Foreshadowing
a technique which makes an object appear shorter and narrow as it recedes
Fresco
A technique dating back to ancient Egypt, it involved applying pigment and water to a layer of wet plaster. when applied to dry plaster it is fresco secco
Genre Painting
most common in Holland in the 17th century, these paintings depict scenes of everyday life
Impasto
thickly applied opaque paint which retains the brush marks
Maesta
meaning "majesty", it describes paintings and altarpieces of the Virgin and Child surrounded by saints and angels
Mosaic
created by the Romans, this technique involves making images by assembling colored pieces of glass and stone in cement on floor or walls
Pieta
italian for "pity": artworks representing the Madonna with the dead Christ in her arms
Sacra Conversazione
"Holy conversation", a representation of the Virgin and Child with saints in a separate scene.
Sotto In Su
"below upwards", this technique is usually associated with Baroque art. extreme foreshortening on ceiling decoration creates the illusion of floating figures in the space above the viewers head.
Tempera
the most importnat technique for panel painting in the 13th-century Europe until oil painting was introduced. It involved mixing pigment with water and glue.
Triptych
three pictures or carving hinged together to fold and protect the central image and ease carrying
Trompe-L'oeil
"decieve the eye", details or paintings that have been created to trick the viewer into thinking the image is real
Viganette
an image that has no clear border, allowing it to fade into the background
Perspective
indicates three dimensions