Re: [Authentic_SCA] Questions about 12th C artwork
>Looking at portraits of the Kings of England, for instance, theI had been told that the first to have a realistic portrait was
>earliest ones that look like they were meant to show a true likeness
>might be in the range of Henry IV through VI (1400-1450 or so).
Richard II in the late 14C; portraits that I've seen of him certainly
- On Aug 27, 2009, at 6:14 AM, Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com wrote:
> Complicating this picture, of course, is that before approximately theUnless you look outside of England.
> 15th century, a lot of people were depicted more as idealizations of
> their roles than as actual "portraits" or what we would consider
> "likenesses." The characters in a tapestry are usually identified by
> name labels, for instance, because in most cases there really wasn't
> an effort made to make King Henry look like the real King Henry (who
> few people would ever see in person anyway). So the designers/weavers/
> embroiderers would draw a picture of an Ideal Kingly Person and label
> it "Henricus."
The donor portrait in the Arena Chapel by Giotto, it dates to 1305. It
can be argued that the Renaissance started with Giotto, Dante, and
Petrach for some in Florence and other city-states in what is now the
country of Italy. (there are more examples, but Giotto is what came to
Maestra Donata Bonacorsi,
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I recently acquired a book on the hsitory of Caricature.
Interestingly, early caricatures were also labeled with the name of
the person being caricatured, even when it was an extremely realistic
depiction. This was because, in the absence of TV, most people would
not be familiar with the persons enough to recognise them.