Monday, December 03, 2007

Bodies in Art

Son and I have been studying art for homeschool. Right now we're talking about the Renaissance and the rise of humanism.

Today's fresco:

Andrea Mantegna's 1474 “Ludovico Gonzaga, His Family and Court”
in the Camera degli Sposi, Palazzo Ducale, Mantua, Italy.



I'm especially intrigued with the artist's portrayal of bodies often left out of great art. Instead of an image of dwarf as one of humor or pity or childishness, the vision is a real person, a proud adult woman.

1 comment:

The Tell-Tale Heart said...

I wonder if the artist's choice of a very serious and almost pious look on her face was actually a bit of a subtle, paternalistic perhaps, laugh?

I wonder too what the role of little people was during the Italian Renissaince? Did this period bring improved human rights to people with disabilities?

Art certainly raises lots of questions. Thanks for sharing!

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