I decided to focus on the Unicorn Tapestries for my Renaissance art project. The Unicorn Tapestries are a series of seven tapestries originally known as The Hunt of the Unicorn, and are tentatively dated between 1495 and 1505 which, according to the book timeline, is during the High Renaissance in Italy and the continuing Renaissance in the rest of Europe. Very little is known about the origin of these tapestries, and they are believed to have originated in the Southern Netherlands in Brussels. They are in phenomenal condition and the colors are still brilliant. Only one of the tapestries is missing a piece—The Mysterious Capture of the Unicorn a.k.a.
2. Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was born in Moravia (now the Czech Republic). He receiver professional training in Munich and Paris. Mucha became famous after creating a poster for Sarah Bernhardt, a famous actress of that time. It established him in Paris, where his career developed before he moved to America and than back to the Czech Republic.
Another composer who played an important role in the development of the Symphony is no other than Joseph Haydn, the ‘Father of Symphony’. One of his works, Symphony no. 92 in G Major, Hob I:92, composed in 1789, will be reviewed. “Oxford” Symphony was commissioned by Count d’Ogny for the Loge Olympique Concerts in Paris. It is known as “Oxford” because Haydn presented this symphony at the Sheldonian Theater at Oxford University in July 1791, where he was awarded a honorary doctorate degree.
A time when artists, writers and architects became interested in the cultures of the past, especially the ancient Greeks, whose sculptures, architecture, and plays still exist. The building was made of stone owned by the Venetian Tron family. But the original theater built in 1565 was Andrea Palladio made of wooden structure succumbed to fire in 1629 until they replace the wood structure into a stone. The original Opera house was invented in Italy, but its popularity quickly spread to Germany, France, England,
1). The Continence of Scipio is a wood panel painted in tempera on a cassone, a traditional wedding chest, and was commissioned around 1643.12 The panel depicts an episode of ancient Roman history in a contemporary setting: general Scipio Africanus, depicted on the left hand side of the panel and identifiable thanks to his hat, is returning captive Lucretia to her Carthaginian fiancé.13 Several events constituting the Renaissance wedding procession are depicted here, the two most important ones are the display of the dowry on the left hand side of the panel, and musical festivities which publicise the union between the two families on the right hand side. The left side is a direct reference to the initial marriage negotiations between the family of the bride and groom.14 From the rich clothes worn by the figures involved in the procession and the dominance of gold on the panel, the procession appears as a staged ritual where the wealthy are giving themselves in spectacle to the poor, emphasising hierarchies within the Florentine society. In this regard, The Continence of Scipio is not only a simple depiction of public ritual in Renaissance Florence, it is the representation of a representation. Depicting rituals as it is done on
The magic of Harry Potter left the confines of paper and became a live-action favorite on November 14th, 2001. From its first debut to its final moments on screen, this eight-movie series has developed into a global phenomenon, and although its screenplay has been translated into hundreds of languages, there is one sound that connects audiences from around the world: an unaccompanied, 30 bar theme in E minor- the haunting sound of a celesta. Easily one of the most recognizable musical motifs in movie history, “Hedwig’s Theme”, composed by John Williams, has marked the beginning of every Harry Potter movie and provided the foundation upon which the skyscrapers of scores developed. Each movie, often orchestrated by a new architect, has its own unique structure and quirks, but each new track paid homage to its original creator- often hailed as the “Master of Themes”, John Williams. John Williams’ popularity as a film composer is nearly universal.
The most important manifestation of the Renaissance art and architecture is The Tempietto, which was designed by one of most renowned architect of the day, Donato d’Angelo Bramante in 1502. It’s funny how a small building such as The Tempietto could hold so much fascination. It stands to mark the crucifixion of St. Peter giving the message that the office of papacy began with St. Peter himself. The structure of this building entails a round dome which tells us that Bramante borrowed the idea from Early Christian tradition, bringing back the feel of the ancient round structures that had long been lost. The building brings to attention Bramante’s love for geometry.
In Mantegna’s painting, he created a sky with chubby, child figures and women around them. The realism of the perspective made the art one of the most beautiful ceilings decorated during the early Renaissance. The art wasn’t famously known until the time of Correggio, an important northern Italian painter of the early sixteenth century, who created the same type of painting in the domes in Parma, Italy. In Mantegna’s later years when he began to get old and have bad health, he worked thoroughly during the remaining years of his life. Mantegna painted the Parnassus, a picture celebrating the marriage of Isabelle d’Este to Francesco Gonzaga in 1947.
James Cook argues that Barnum’s fascination with the entertainment business began in July 1835 while reading a newspaper article about Joice Heth, a one-hundred sixty-one year old maid of General Augustine Washington and nanny of later President George Washington. Cook claims this was the start of “mass-scale consumer entertainment” (Cook 9). This was the beginning of promotion and advertisement for the modern period, Barnum’s style of advertising would have a long-lasting effect on American culture and modern society, and prove to be the most effective way to advertise to large-scale audiences, promoting the mass-entertainment and mass-media
When looking at the periods of dance it can be separated into Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Pre-Romantic, Romantic, Russian Classic, and Ballet Russes before we reach the Twentieth Century. Ballet began during what is known as the Italian Renaissance, and permeated French culture by Catherine de Medici’s marriage to the King of France. The very first endorsed “ballet”, Le Ballet Comique de la Reine performed on October 15, 1581, marked the beginning of theatrical and technical dance performances. During this time our first prominent ballet masters came about, including; Balthasar Beaujoyeaux, Pierre Beauchamp, Domenico of Ferrara, and Guglielmo Ebreo, to name a few. These early ballet masters created and built upon social dance and turned it into a technical spectacle.