A Comparison of Two Paintings from the Renaissance Period

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A Comparison of Two Paintings from the Renaissance Period

Introduction This paper will compare the themes found in the paintings "Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist and an Angel" by Domenico di Bartolomeo Ubaldini (Puligo) and "Madonna Enthroned" by Giotto. Both paintings deal with fables from the Christian faith but were executed during different periods in art. The Giotto painting was created around 1310 and the Puglio painting was executed between 1518 – 1520. Here, these two paintings have similar themes both at the extreme beginnings and endings of the Italian Renaissance, and as such they serve to present an exceptional example of the developments in art that occurred within that time. This paper shall compare
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It is difficult to see the faces of the other figures as clearly, but there is no visible emotion on their faces. The piece by Puligo is a sharp contrast, where the figures all appear to be content. To consider Puligo's figures as being emotionally "happy" might be impossiable, but it is evident that those in the picture are at peace. I personally come away with a large measure of respect for the Giotto piece but can connect more with "Madonna and Child…"

Conclusion As noted in the Introduction, these two pieces can be seen as presenting an astonishing look at the effect that the Italian Renaissance had on the development of painting. The work by Giotto is representative of the earliest stages of the Renaissance, where art was accomplished mainly to provide the viewer with a glimpse at the divine. As such, the majority of art from that era featured either Biblical scenes or the artist's wealthy patron. In contrast, the paintings found at the end of the Renaissance, such as "Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist and an Angel", are far more open in terms of what was acceptable in the artistic community. The brief centuries of the Renaissance had provoked an interest in perspective and composition, meaning that Puligo's piece can be seen as having a greater sense of artistic "merit". "Madonna and Child…" has more depth and movement,


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