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Examine two of the Northern Renaissance’s most masterful double portraits: Van Eyck’s Arnolfini and Holbein’s The Ambassadors. What similarities in style do you see?

“The Classical Tradition reborn”

Choose your favorite work by Michelangelo or by Raphael and describe the classical Greek or Roman qualities you find there (Flip through Chapters 5 and 6 again to refresh your memory). What other strategies or new techniques did Renaissance artists develop as the classical tradition of Greece and Rome was “reborn.” Do you think Renaissance artists achieved more, in the end? Explain your answer using works of art from our textbook or the Explore sources as examples. –And remember to tell us where your information was found.

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Michelangelo and Raphael: The Classical Tradition Reborn

• Chapter 15 (pp. 494-5, 505-513), Stylistic features and imagery from ancient classical art and myth; review Week 8 Music Folder

• Sistine Chapel tour at http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/sistine-chapel-ceiling.html

• Sistine Chapel information at http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/m/michelan/3sistina/index.html

• Sistine Chapel theory at http://karlzipser.com/michelangelo.html

“Analyzing Art and Literature in the Northern Renaissance”

• Examine two of the Northern Renaissance’s most masterful double portraits: Van Eyck’s Arnolfini and Holbein’s The Ambassadors. What similarities in style do you see? (Feel free to do a little extra research, if you choose –but supply us with your sources.)

• Next, select at least two (2) objects from each painting. What do they tell us about the lives of the people shown? Do they have any symbolic meaning?

• Pretend you are having a portrait done of you and a significant other; describe at least three (3) symbolic elements that you might include in the painting, and explain why.

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Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Double Portrait

• Henry Sayre’s interpretation in Chapter 16, (pp. 548-551, Figs. 16.7-16.8); review Week 8 Music Folder

• Margaret Koster’s interpretation at http://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+Arnolfini+double+portrait%3A+a+simple+solution.-a0109131988

Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors

• Beth Harris and Steven Zucker’s interpretation at http://www.artbabble.org/video/smarthistory/hans-holbein-younger-ambassadors-1533


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