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Medieval art history – Europe

By | 2017-08-01T07:56:10+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|

A Late Antique ivory carving Roman art, German art, and Islamic art mixed together in Europe in the Early Middle Ages to create a new form, which we call medieval art. Art historians divide medieval art into Early Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic art. But these types of art looked different in different places, and in the hands of [...]

Fra Angelico – Medieval Florence

By | 2018-04-10T22:55:45+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|

Mary Magdalene and Jesus by Fra Angelico (Louvre Museum) Fra Angelico was born about 1395 AD in a small town in northern Italy. Like his older brother, he learned to paint when he was growing up. When he was about 20 years old he became a Christian Dominican monk (like Thomas Aquinas before him). But Fra Angelico kept on [...]

What is fresco painting? History of Art

By | 2018-04-21T15:09:35+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Art, History|

Fresco painting from Thera, Greece (about 1600 BC) Fresco is the Italian word for "fresh", and that's because painters do fresco painting on fresh, wet plaster walls. That way the colors really sink in to the plaster, and you get a glowing kind of color that is very different from what you would get [...]