Leonardo: Emergence of Realism, Giotto
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library welcomes back art historian Linda Blair with a new lecture series, Leonardo. For many years now, Blair has been one of the Athenaeum’s most popular speakers.
The Renaissance is not a gentle easing from one century to another, as history usually is, but a radical departure—humanism overtakes medieval piety, otherworldliness retreats before materialism, and spirituality bows to worldly concerns. Art reflects this confrontation between eras, and artists struggle to redefine man and man’s relationship with the Divine. It all begins where we will begin, with Giotto. Ever innovative and inventive, Giotto designs real human beings acting out divine dramas, injecting a psychological depth entirely new to art.