also known as Domenico Ricci of Riccio
Italian, Veronese, Mannerist High Renaissance
Stylistically influenced by the following painters - Giulio Romano,
Giovanni Rosso Fiorentino
Education - he learned the basics in his fathers studio, a minor
painter called Agostino Riccio. Later worked and studied under Giovanni
Francesco Caroto then finally, when his talent was certain, under
Renaissance master Giulio Romano
Cause of Death - unknown
or Domenico Ricci (he is known by both names) was among the great
masters of the Renaissance. He traveled intermittently in and around
Verona, Vicenza and Rome, securing religious commissions as he went
along. His work primarily focused on biblical themes that affirm
religious doctrine advocated by the Catholic church. He worked
primarily painting altarpieces and fresco for local chapels. In
terms of style, Brusasorci moved away from High Renaissance artists
toward a more flamboyant and emotionally experimental style.
Brusasorci's mannerist style is characterized by elongated limbs, thin
aquiline noses, overly stylized figures, undersized
heads, electrifying, vibrant colors and elaborately mannered,
theatrical compositions. Mannerism is an artistic style that
surfaced after the Sack of Rome on May 6 1527, when Charles V, Holy
Roman Emperor, descended upon Rome looting, plundering and massacring.
Many great artworks were destroyed or carted off. The term mannerism
comes from the Italian maniera, which translates to 'style. This
senseless slaughter unhinged Renaissance confidence, humanism and their
way of thinking to the core.
About The High Renaissance Period
There is a spirit of
general growth and enlightenment Artists of the Renaissance were
elevated in social standing and their art was no longer looked upon as
simple handicrafts, but as divinely inspired creations. Michelangelo
asserted "Many believe - and I believe - that I have been designated
for this work by God. In spite of my old age, I do not want to give it
up; I work out of love for God and I put all my hope in Him."
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.
famous art historian stated, "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
major painters of the Renaissance were not only artists but men of
great genius who gave the world their great intellectual gifts. Author
and art historian, John C. Van Dyke asserts "The Italian civilization
of the fourteenth century was made up of many impulses and
inclinations, none of them very strongly defined. There was a feeling
about in the dark, a groping toward the light, but the leaders
stumbled often on the road. There was good reason for it. The knowledge
of the ancient world lay buried under the ruins of Rome. The Italians
had to learn it all over again, almost without a precedent, almost
without a preceptor. With the fifteenth century the horizon began to
brighten. The Early Renaissance was begun. It was not a revolt, a
reaction, or a starting out on a new path. It was a development of the
Gothic period; and the three inclinations of the Gothic
period—religion, the desire for classic knowledge, and the study of
nature—were carried into the art of the time with greater realization.
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 greatest Renaissance master,
Leonardo da Vinci
declared "You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that
over yourself. . . . the height of a man's success is gauged by his
self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. . . .
And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot
establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over
others." 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, publication of Della Pittura, a book about the laws of mathematical perspective for artists, sfumato, chiaroscuro, Savonarola, spiritually significant, illuminated manuscript, idealized biblical themes, scriptorium, illuminator, Age of Discovery, axonometric drawing, curiosity about the natural world, realistic use of colours and light, Bonfire of the Vanities, Old Testament stories, ethereal and foggy backgrounds, Gospel parables, The Blackdeath, romanticized landscapes, Christian symbolism.
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