Louis de Pointe du Lac: What does it mean to die when you can live until the end of the world? and what is ‘the end of the world’ except a phrase, because who knows even what is the world itself? I had now lived in two centuries, seen the illusions of one shattered by the other, been eternally young and eternally ancient.
Ode to Uccello’s Portrait of a Young Man: Paolo di Dono is called Uccello because of his love of animals, namely birds. Trained in the style of Ghiberti’s workshop, Uccello spent the bulk of his career in Florence. His style is distinctive of the early Renaissance and shows a wonderful mix of traditions as Uccello combined Gothic art with more realistic work, using Roman block letters to emphasize the link with ancient Roman. What does this inscription say? The end does all, meaning that if…
Paintings are flat, what does that mean? No naturalism, no shadows, no atmospheric effects to convey depth, no light, no perspective. Rulers liked figurative art (presented in court scenes), clerics didn't. What are the conflicting interests that led to one directional pictures with no volume? Does figurative art ever appear in religious contexts? Why?
Medieval and Gothic / The word Icon originates in Greek language and means Image. What does Iconoclasm mean?. Images will play a crucial role in Western art since early centuries. Think and research about the importance of images today in your culture. Do they possess the same relevance as during the Byzantine period? Think about an image that is powerful for you and explain why.
What does it mean to be Gothic, anyway? “The term suffers from its implicit pluralism: Are we talking about novels, horror films, flying buttresses, Alice Cooper, black-painted fingernails or a specific period in North-European history?”