Terms in this set (15)
Protagoras (5th century BC)
"man is the measure of all things"
Manetti ('On the Dignity and Excellence of Man')
"The Truths of Christianity are as clear and self-evident as the axioms of mathematics"
Alberti (on beauty)
"Beauty is the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract o change without impairing the harmony of the whole"
Alberti (on Donatello, Brunelleschi and Masaccio)
they "were not to be ranked below any who was ancient"
Alberti (on narrative)
"istoria (narrative) constituted art's highest goal"
"Italian city states were dominated by the guilds in every phase of its commercial and political life"
Donatello is described by Gombrich
"the greatest sculpture of all time" because of his "fresh and deliberate examination of the human form"
Baxandall (small crucifixion)
"most 15th century pictures are religious pictures... but religious pictures refers to more than just a certain range of subjective matter;... it means that pictures existed to help with specific intellectual and spiritual activites"
Baxandall (patron and artist relationship)
"A 15th century painting is the deposit of a social relationship" between patron and artist
One must look at works of art with "a period eye"
Baxandall (e.g. tribute money)
"The painter was a professional visualiser of the holy stories"
Symbolism is "the most important aspect of early Flemish art"
Michelangelo's sculptural work "not only equals that [of the ancient masters], but actually surpasses it"
"Each generation sees them [works of art] from a different point of view and with a fresh eye"
"nations write their autobiographies... in the book of their art"