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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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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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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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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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