Assess the close connections between the Florentine and Sienese narrative painting traditions as exemplified by Giotto and Duccio. Choose works discussed in class (for example, Giotto’s Lamentation at the Arena Chapel, Padua) and comment on renderings of biblical stories and characters in other media, in Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise at the Baptistery, Florence or in the sculpture of Ghiberti, Donatello, and Nanni di Banco. Discuss key works by five different artists and any related strategies or techniques. Be sure to include both mediums — painting and sculpture — in your essay to broaden your survey. Be as specific as possible for full point credit.
Essay question #2:
The emulation and adaptation of classical models were central to Renaissance art and thought in the 1400s and 1500s. Examine how sculpture was instrumental in the early development of the Italian Renaissance by drawing inspiration from ancient Roman sculpture. Also, consider how the focus on Byzantine icons and old artifacts created a climate for innovative and ambitious works in painting. You will need to discuss 5 to 6 different works; be sure to include at least one work by Brunelleschi, Andrea Mantegna, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Be as specific as possible for full point credit.