Reflections. Details from: George Hendrik Breitner, The Earring (1893), Gerrit Dou, Young Woman at her Toilette (1667), Giovanni Bellini, Young Woman at her Toilette (1515), Vermeer, Young Woman with a Pearl Necklace (c. 1662), Robert Reid, The Mirror (1910), Tintoretto, Suzanna and the Elders (c. 1555-6).
Picturing Family and Friends: In this unit we look at works of art that reveal some of the dynamics of personal relationships in Renaissance Italy. The first section of the essay explores husbands and wives, while the second discusses children. The third section takes a peek at lovers of various sorts, and the fourth considers friends (and a few celebrated enemies). Throughout the unit we examine marriage customs, family structure, and the humanist idea of platonic love (as well as the more earthly sort of love), and we learn more about the objects—paintings, sculpture, commemorative medals, and domestic articles—through which these complex and overlapping connections were expressed.
New resource for the study of Italian Renaissance Art
Oxford University Press’s Grove Art Online and the National Gallery of Art are pleased to announce the launch of the freely available Italian Renaissance Learning Resources site. Users can delve into Renaissance art and its context through eight themed units—from “Virgin and Child” to “Artists and Patrons.” On top of its essays, lavish images, and glossary terms, the site also includes classroom activities and discussion questions.
Image credit: Leonardo da Vinci. Sheet of Studies [recto], probably 1470/1481. Pen and brown ink over black chalk on laid paper, 16.4 x 13.9 cm (6 7/16 x 5 ½ in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, The Armand Hammer Collection. Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.