May 31, 2011

The Renaissance Revisited

In the Zone is always an enjoyable activity for me.  I love preparing for the shows, anticipating what Cynthia Gagen is going to make or demonstrate, and the chit-chat we all have in the 'room'. Cyn and I are started this webshow in January, and every Monday night is a new adventure ( or EDventure).

The Renaissance is one of Cyn and my favourite eras in art history.  Cyn had a wonderful demonstration simulating the paint Leonardo da Vinci made for himself and how it applies. Eggshell paint; who knew you needed eggs?

We covered some of the great masters; Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli,  Titian... Their works were very different and each had their own opinion about 'what was the most important aspect of art'?
Decorables "David"
The Renaissance in fact, covered 200 years.  It was the age of self-awareness and humanity and an age where artists were employed/commissioned/sponsored  by the most powerful families of the time like the Medici and Borgias. 


What I love about Leonardo da Vinci
da Vinci's success and very essence is summarized by the two words he uttered the most, " I question...". He never stopped questioning, exploring, trying, experimenting, failing, revisiting, perfecting... 
He is a polymath; a person with expertise is many different fields.  Who can argue with his abilities when his CV would include: scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician, writer, and all-around good guy!

Did you KNOW? Leonardo was a rhymester and loved to sing and rhyme. He was the 'rapper of the Renaissance'! :)
I wanted to create something for this occasion; a nice little project for me to enjoy 'a little piece of the Renaissance', so inspired by the dome of St. Peter's, I began to play.
Here is my completed Project.  The Tutorial will follow in another post.

Thank you for visiting! ~Robi

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