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  • Did Leonardo da Vinci Believe In God?

    Did Leonardo da Vinci Believe In God?

    We do not know much about Leonardo da Vinci’s personal life. He left us thousands of writings but not much about his personal life or beliefs. Leonardo did not tell us what his belief in God was, but there is evidence that is left that suggests that he held fast to many Christian ideals and…

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  • Influences On Ukiyo-e On The Birth Of Art Nouveau?

    Influences On Ukiyo-e On The Birth Of Art Nouveau?

    Ukiyo-e means the Japanese pictures of the “floating world.” Ukiyo-e is also known as the Japanese era of woodblock prints. The Japanese woodblock prints happened before the Art Nouveau movement in Europe, but they influenced this movement. The Japanese Ukiyo-e helped start the Art Nouveau movement and influenced many Art Nouveau artists with their artworks.…

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  • Did Raphael, Michelangelo, And Leonardo Ever Meet In Person?

    Did Raphael, Michelangelo, And Leonardo Ever Meet In Person?

    Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael are considered some of the most influential artists ever. They were all Italian artists who flourished during the Renaissance. Records show that Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael would have known each other. But not all of their relationships were easy; some were filled with jealousy and rivalry. Raphael,…

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  • What Mediums Did Katsushika Hokusai Use?

    What Mediums Did Katsushika Hokusai Use?

    One of the most famous Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock print artists is Katsushika Hokusai. Even if many people do not know his name, most people have seen some of his works of art, especially his famous one called Under the Wave Off Kanagawa (1830-32). Hokusai used several art mediums for artwork, including painting, woodblock prints, book…

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  • Hokusai Vs. Hiroshige, Japanese Woodblock Art

    Hokusai Vs. Hiroshige, Japanese Woodblock Art

    Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige are the top Japanese Ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock print artists. Both of these Japanese woodblock print artists are known worldwide. Hokusai and Hiroshige were two great Japanese Ukiyo-e artists. Even though they both lived during the same time in Japan and painted similar subject matter, how they painted and saw that…

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  • What Are The Characteristics Of Mannerism Art?

    What Are The Characteristics Of Mannerism Art?

    Mannerism is an art movement that started in Italy right after the Renaissance. It was an art movement that was filled with unique characteristics. Mannerism was an art movement filled with elongated bodies, tiny heads, and human figures in twisted forms. Perspective and proportion were unnecessary, but colors, contrasts, virtuosity, and agitated composition were essential…

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  • How Did Mannerism Become An Offshoot Of The Works Of The Renaissance?

    How Did Mannerism Become An Offshoot Of The Works Of The Renaissance?

    Mannerism art is the short art movement sandwiched between the Renaissance and Baroque; it was a different art movement from the Renaissance. Mannerism is the art movement that emerged after the High Renaissance era. Mannerism art is an offshoot of the Renaissance; Renaissance artist as Michelangelo and Raphael adopted mannerism techniques in their art. Mannerism…

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  • Artemisia Gentileschi’s Use Of Directional Lines In Her Paintings

    Artemisia Gentileschi’s Use Of Directional Lines In Her Paintings

    Artemisia Gentileschi understood the power of what directional lines could do to create a focal point for her paintings. She knew that our eyes would focus at the pivotal point by using the principles of directional lines and contrasting colors. Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting Judith Decapitates Holofernes is a masterwork of art about using directional lines…

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  • Claude Monet And The Rise Of Japonisme

    Claude Monet And The Rise Of Japonisme

    In the late 19th century, many Impressionism artists in Europe had a deep interest in Japanese art. One Impressionism artist who was inspired by Japanese art was Claude Monet. Japan opened its doors to the Western world for trade in 1853, and with that came a flood of Japanese art, artifacts, and textiles to Europe.…

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