Renaissance and early twentieth century art offer an interesting study in comparison because of their distinctive styles. It is the objective of this paper to describe the definitive characteristics of each period through comparing Raphael's Alba Madonna to Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory. The painting is remarkable because of the manner in which Raphael has succeeded in addressing a serious subject within a backdrop of a serene countryside. Indeed, it can be said that he was able to do this precisely because of the use of symmetry, namely, the round format that succeeds in focusing attention on the child Christ accepting the slender reed cross, a symbol of his fate (National Gallery of Art, 2004).
Renaissance art is reputed for the unified balance achieved between pictorial considerations of measurable space and the effects of light and color on the one hand, and the artist's personal expression on the other (Pioch, 2002). This unity is evident in Raphael's Alba Madonna, a ...
In contrast, Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory carries all the hallmarks of early twentieth century art, which was known for expending all its energies into modern art forms, appropriate to the industrial age. However, Dali's work typifies…
The painting is remarkable because of the manner in which Raphael has succeeded in addressing a serious subject within a backdrop of a serene countryside. Indeed, it can be said that he was able to do this precisely because of the use of symmetry, namely, the round format that succeeds in focusing attention on the child Christ accepting the slender reed cross, a symbol of his fate (National Gallery of Art, 2004).
Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art currently presents three fascinating special exhibits including one on cubism, another on Renaissance tapestry, and a third on ancient Assyrian art. Each of these three special exhibits is different, and exciting in its own way. The exhibit on Renaissance tapestry is entitled "Grand Design" and focuses on the work of Pieter Coecke van Aelst. Some of the tapestries are lavish and intricate, such as the
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