Tim Burton meets Raphael in the Darkness (and the Light)

Tim Burton meets Raphael in the Darkness (and the Light)

An exploration of Raphael’s late fascination with Chiaroscuro, whose multi-modal thinking can be discovered in the films of Tim Burton. A post inspired by and dedicated to the memory of Hasan Niyazi.

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Raphael’s Unione

Raphael’s Unione

My exploration of colour in the Rennaissance now leads me to Raphael (1483 –1520), who, according to Marcia B. Hall, was central to the development of two of the four modes of colour in Rome of the High Renaissance: Chiaroscuro and Unione.1 The other two modes which I’ve explored in earlier posts, were developed by [...]

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Michelangelo’s Cangiantismo

Michelangelo’s Cangiantismo

In my previous post Cennini and the Superbrights I discussed the Cennini system of painting found in the treatise Libro dell ‘Arte (The Craftsman’s Handbook), written by Cennino d’Andrea Cennini in 1390. In this system painters model volume by using pure colours in the shadows, and adding white to the pure pigment to achieve mid-tones [...]

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Hasan Niyazi, Remembered

Hasan Niyazi, Remembered

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.
John Keats”

Hasan retweeted this the day before his sudden death at the age of 37. Hasan, you – and your passion for beauty – are impossible to forget, too.

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Reflecting on the Ghent Altarpiece

Reflecting on the Ghent Altarpiece

The original purpose and symbolism of the Ghent Altarpiece is explored with insights from the 2012 Van Eyck studies symposium in Brussels.

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Natural Systems: Leonardo’s Energy Charge

Natural Systems: Leonardo’s Energy Charge

Leonardo’s expression of energy within natural systems, and the enhanced immersion of natural weather effects in contemporary games.

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Francesco

Perugino – Raphael’s Master

A review of the Alte Pinakothek’s Perugino: Raphael’s Master exhibition in Munich 2011-12. Perugino’s Northern influence, particularly Memling is explored.

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Modes of Renaissance Colour

Modes of Renaissance Colour

Cennini, Sfumato, Unione and Chiaroscuro, the four modes of Italian Renaissance Colour are explored and compared to digital game colour examples and development.

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Leonardo’s Sfumato

Leonardo’s Sfumato

Well in advance of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery London in Nov 2011, I’m pleased to have a chance to focus on Leonardo’s approach to colour blending, sfumato. I’m once again mining Marcia Hall’s comprehensive book Colour and Meaning: Practice and Theory in Renaissance Painting. Colour is so central to my [...]

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Cennini and the Superbrights

Cennini and the Superbrights

The aspect of early Renaissance painting which first drew me in was colour.  The intense pure colours of early Flemish and Italian art still transfix no matter how many paintings I see.  Perhaps it’s a bit like being a magpie, genetically attracted to bright and luminous objects.  I finally had a chance to read ‘Color [...]

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Big Studios, Big Art

Big Studios, Big Art

While I was in Antwerp, Belgium, a few weeks ago, I became inevitably immersed in the world of Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640), the city’s most celebrated citizen. Although his art takes me beyond the boundaries of the early Renaissance and into the Baroque, Rubens was formed by the guild and workshop system of [...]

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Intimate Illusions

Intimate Illusions

Jan Gossaert’s Renaissance exhibition at The National Gallery, London (until 30 May 2011) is a must see for devotees of the Northern Renaissance as well as 3D spacial illusion. Through realism and visual metaphor, the intimate portraits in particular come to life, 500 years after their creation.  The exhibition begins with an introduction to the [...]

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Surround Me with Visions

Surround Me with Visions

Immersion for seekers of new realities often starts with images that surround.  3D films and TVs, augmented reality apps, and surround vision goggles all provide a sense of another world supplanting reality.  This world is one that may also include other sensory dimensions, but the primary building block is visual conjuring. At a basic level, [...]

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