Artistic Innovations of Renaissance Florentine Painters
During the Renaissance, many new, different styles of painting were developed.
Many of these techniques were perfected by Florentine painters.Some of these styles
techniques include perspective, life-like human forms, realistic looking objects and
chiaroscuro.These developments began to form in the early Quattrocento and were slowly
perfected by a long flow of artists.Their influences included new scientific discoveries as
well as new outlooks on religion, life and visual perception of the world.
Perspective was perhaps one of the most significant methods developed and also the
one with the most impact.It is still widely used today.Perspective is a method which is
used to make a three-dimensional space or object appear three-dimensional on a
two-dimensional space.It allows objects to appear closer or further away and gives them
depth.This effect can be achieved by making all of the lines in a painting go towards a
vanishing point on a horizon line.Artists also found that while using a horizonline and
vanishing point, if you made one object in the painting which was identical to another
object, but smaller, the objects would appear to be at different distances from the
viewer.(see fig.1)"During the early Renaissance, as humanism focused attention on man
and human perspective, the viewer assumes the active role.Now, instead of projecting
outward, space recedes from the viewer's eye into the picture plane."1
Thefirst person to begin using the perspective technique was an artist named Giotto
di Bondone (1267-1337).In an astonishingly short amount of time, Giotto revolutionized
the art of Florence.He is considered by many to be the true father of Renaissance painting.
Since Giotto was from a time before the Renaissance actually began, his style consists of
some methods which later…