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Bernardino Luini

1475-1532

High Renaissance Painter Associated with the Milanese School of Painting

Stylistically influenced by the following painters  - Giorgione   Leonardo da Vinci, Titian  and Giovanni Bellini

Education - apprenticed to Ambrogio Bergognone amd possibly to Leonardo da Vinci

Cause of Death -  unknown

Bernardino Luini.

Artist Biography

One of the most significant Milanese painters of the Italian Renaissance. Bernardino Luini was born near in the Lombard province of Northern Italy. He traveled frequently in and around Chiravalle,  Milan, Rome, and Venice. Securing commissions as he went along. Luini was a very devout man and periodically retreated to various monasteries for reasons of deep piety. His works are highly spiritual and occasionally lighthearted. It is for his mythological  and biblical themes that he his most celebrated. Luini had a rather imaginative and often extravagant style of painting. His work is gracefully elegant, warm in color, and shows the influence of his friend and mentor, Leonardo da Vinci.



About The High Renaissance Period

Classical humanism, was a major factor of the Italian Renaissance. This philosophical movement was based on the idea that every persons life had value and dignity. Humanism also stressed  man's position in the natural world. The Humanists  believed modern man should look to the classical writings and art of the ancient Greeks and Romans as exemplary guides for ethical living and scholarship. John Donne, famous Renaissance poet and writer stated, "No man is an island. entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. ."

During the Renascence the spirit of an era awoke, revitalized with knowledge and creativity. Although art still served a specific functions, which were primarily religious, painters added more of their individual spirit and personal vision to their creations. John Ruskin, famous art historian declared, "The art of any country is the exponent of its social and political virtues . The art, or general productive and formative energy, of any country, is an exact exponent of its ethical life. you can have noble art only from noble persons, associated under laws fitted to their time and circumstance."

The major painters of the Renaissance were not only artists but men of great genius who gave the world their great intellectual gifts. Florentine and Venetian painting were both formed by extraordinary personalities. These independent creative geniuses tackled mathematical, artistic and philosophical problems of the highest interest, and presented solutions that have never lost their value. The sense of humanism pervading renaissance painting is still palpable. The painters touched on a multitude of  issues regarding the human condition - death, love, reason, religion, universal morality, social problems.



Key Descriptive Words  and Phrases associated with the Renaissance Movement rebirth, rediscovery of the classical world, City-state, Humanism, Humanist, Francesco Petrarch, Reform, The Prince, Theocracy, The Inquisition, Human Reasoning,  publication of Della Pittura, a book about the laws of mathematical perspective for artists, sfumato, chiaroscuro, linear perspectiveHeliocentric Theory, vanishing point, Savonarola, spiritually significant,  illuminated manuscriptidealized biblical themes, scriptorium, emotion, illuminator,  Age of Discovery, axonometric drawing, curiosity about the natural world, mythology,  realistic use of colours and lightBonfire of the Vanities, Old Testament stories, ethereal and foggy backgrounds, Gospel parables, The Blackdeath, romanticized landscapes,  Christian symbolism.

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Famous Quotes From Painters of the Renaissance  Art Era


A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.
 Leonardo da Vinci  
quote

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.  
Leonardo da Vinci quote

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.  Michelangelo

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