Renaissance vs Medieval

Renaissance vs Medieval Art



Renaissance                                                                         Medieval

Painter: Leonardo Da Vinci                                             Painter: Giotti

Artwork: Monalisa                                                             Artwork: Ognissanti Madonna

Medium: Oil on poplar                                                     Medium: Tempera on panel

Year : 1503-1519                                                                Year : 1310



First of all when these two paintings are compared you can easily tell which periods artwork looks more realistic and life-like. In this case obviously it’s the Mona Lisa, when you look deep into it you can see the detail and actually does look very realistic with everything proportioned, on the other hand the Medieval Artwork looks more like a flatter painting with less realism or in other words beginning to be drawn 3D.  Another main point between these drawings are as you can see on the Mona Lisa the facial art is very realistic and on the other painting it looks very non realistic because the human is proportioned to be a baby or small kid but the facial art looks more like a man between the ages 40 -30. They both have perspective and have a background theme successfully painted realistically.


Another point that they both have or in other words a similarity would be the use of value and shadows used to make the paintings more vivid, both paintings have very well used shadows that express and signifies the position as well as the light upon where it is hitting from. As listed above some similar techniques are the use of value, shadow, perspective, realism, 3 dimensional being the main points. These techniques were used to make this drawing more vivid or in other words more realistic. Even though both had perspective the medieval drawings had inaccurate perspective, inaccurate proportioning,  mostly religious themes and were mostly tempera paintings. To sum it all up basically renaissance art was more developed in realistic artwork with the use or perspective and proportions.


Basically as listed above the major and most outstanding development was the use of perspective and this really affected the art because it represented and expressed the positioning of object and the shadows according to the position of the light hitting from. Nearly every aspect was improved in renaissance art with new techniques found and the paintings were developed to drawing portraits and scenes from daily life and such artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci furthered up these inventions and take a huge role even in todays paintings.


There are major positive differences changes in terms of making the drawing more vivid and definitely the leading point would be linear perspective. The change from medieval to renaissance in my opinion was the point where drawings became more vivid and 3d since linear perspective served its purpose being representing and expressing the position of objects and according to the direction of the light hitting shadows would be adjusted and the piece of art would look extremely vivid.


In my opinion it takes a huge role, for example Leonardo Da Vinci was the founder of linear perspective and invented this by his professional techniques and my combining the things he could do and taking it a step further. Today linear perspective takes a huge role in art within nearly every category since the main purpose is to make the drawing or piece of art more vivid or in other words 3 dimensional representing mainly position.


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