Thursday, February 26, 2009

Art in the 15th Century

A couple months one of my best friends gave me "Italian Joy" a book written by Carla Coulson, an Australian photographer who found her muse in Italy, she talks about the great the Italian culture is, how Fantastic the Architecture is, how warmth the Italians are and of course about their amazing cuisine.

Since I read that book, I have found myself very interested in the Italian culture, (hoping to visit soon) reading about humanism and Renaissance in Italy I realized that a lot of their culture comes from this 2 movements, one Cultural the other Social but both of them impacted the way the country is perceived in the world, I definitely have to read more about it to put this ideas in a better shape and make more sense, I particularly will definitely research more about humanism.

The David by Donatello it's definitely a perfect representation of this tought, Donatello's put a more physiological meaning into his word (David being a representation of triumph over something that seemed almost impossible) his facial expression and the pose show security, at that time when Florence won the battle over Milan gave a huge security and pride to the Florentines, but I also think that Donatello's used this opportunity to express his self in a different and more personal way, definitely way ahead of his time.

Donatello was also and inspiration for a lot of other Artist whom adopted his technique to add more emotion into their work. I would say that taking risk pays back and the David it's a perfect example of it.

Now I know more about a great country and where it comes from and find myself even more in interested in visiting soon.


larry said...

I too am a big Donatello fan. I really enjoy the detail he puts into his work and how he is able to bring his sculptures to life in a sense.

Anonymous said...

i am to impressed by Donatello work, his detail in his work is amazing! your blogs has alot of detail and i enjoyed reading it. Great blog!

Elizabeth Shaw said...

I agree with you that David conveys the idea the risk-taking can be rewarding. His pride and confidence is so evident in his stance, isn't it? And I completely understand how learning about this type of art can lead to a yearning to visit the countries and cities from which these masterpieces originated. I too would love to travel to Italy and see firsthand some of the great cathedrals, architecture and towns about which we've been reading. What a great pilgrimage!