What I am studying now….

This week in my art history class we are studying the Northern Renaissance. I happen to love the Northern painters of this time period. I had both of my kids go through the module with me, and they loved looking at all of the hidden scenes, action, and “mini stories” that are going on in many of these works of art.
Many of the paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder bring to mind Grandma Moses paintings. I wonder if she was inspired by the painters of the Northern Renaissance?
These Northern works of art are filled with detail. There are so many amazing images within images! You must look carefully or you just might miss them! I show the detail in one part of a painting below.

Unlike the paintings of Rome during the same time period, with their “in your face” religious overtones and subject matter (tons of paintings of Christ and the Virgin Mary) heavily influenced, and most of the time controlled by the Pope and the Catholic Church, the Northern artists of the time were mostly part of Martin Luther’s Protestant movement. The Northerners instead painted scenes of everyday life (genre scenes) filled with iconography. These paintings served a purpose…to teach a moral lesson to the viewer.(mostly of religious nature! They were more relatable to the common person at the time.) Here are some of the paintings I have been studying this week….

Hunters in the snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Winter Landscape with Skaters and a Bird Trap also by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus By Pieter Bruegel the elder

Netherlandish Proverbs by Pieter Bruegel the elder

Meat Still life by Pieter Aertsen. This Painting warns the viewer to not succumb to excess and gluttony.
Quentin Metsys – Money Changer and His Wife

Amazing detail in the painting! Love this!

And here are a couple of works by Albrecht Durer which I love. He loved to study nature, and was obviously a master at transferring what he was looking at on to his medium of choice!

I really enjoy looking at Northern Renaissance works. They are subtle, and filled with detailing that I just love.

So this is what my week of class for art history has consisted of. I have really been enjoying it. In my styling class I have to create a shot list for my final project which is a photo shoot!! That should be fun. I am going to be shooting my pics at Colonial Williamsburg. The shoot will be taking place in December, so all the holiday decor should be up, which will be nice! 🙂

I am still also in the process of looking through the new spring 2014 fashion collections. I will be posting up pics of my favorites soon.

I hope you have a beautiful day today!
Until next post,
Amy

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