The Renaissance, a genuine re-birth of culture in Italy between the late 15th and mid-16th century, saw extraordinary artistic accomplishments in painting and sculpture.
Artists found inspiration in the styles and subjects of ancient Greece and Rome while an interest in accurately—even scientifically—depicting the natural world developed. Recognition of the importance of the individual was reflected in art by the revival of portraiture and self-portraits. Dr. Benton’s seminar, which focuses on Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo, will be presented on two consecutive Fridays and includes light refreshments.
12-1 pm: Raphael (1483-1520)
In spite of a life of only 37 years, Raphael is considered the paradigm of the High Renaissance in Italy because his style most closely approximates that of 5th-century BC Greece. Characteristics of Renaissance art seen in Raphael’s School of Athens include ideal body proportions, balanced composition, clarity of meaning and illusion of depth.
1-1:30 pm: Break for light refreshments
1:30-2:30 pm: Michelangelo (1475-1564)
Michelangelo, the master of muscular male anatomy, painted the celebrated Sistine chapel ceiling for Pope Julius II, but considered himself to be a sculptor. He explained his approach to sculpture by saying, “I created a vision of David in my mind, and simply carved away everything that was not David.”