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Cangiante: Renaissance Painting Mode

This month we discuss, CANGIANTE.  The term comes from the Italian “cangiare” that means, “to change”.  It is a way of rendering shadows by changing the color.   Cangiante is one of the four painting modes of the Renaissance (the other three being Unione, Chiaroscuro, and Sfumato as discussed in previous posts). This development in painting, came at a time when painters where presented with a limited...

Unione: Renaissance Painting Mode

Dear Friends: Florence was a famous city in the Renaissance.  As we have been discussing these past several months in the Once-A-Day Art Tips brought to you by www.myartteacher.com, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Raphael Sanzio & Leonardo da Vinci are the most notable of the High Renaissance artists. Characteristics of Renaissance Art are curiosity and objectivity, rediscovery of classical literature and art, and...

Chiaroscuro: Renaissance Painting Mode

“Chiaroscuro is the reproduction of the effects of light and shade and their mutual affect on each other.  Artists use artistic arrangement of these deep variations of values for dramatic and pronounced effects that cause subjects to move forward.  Atmospheric perspective, on the other hand, is a phasing out of values and refers to the softening and increasing paleness of colors, form and shadows as subjects move beyond the...

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Sfumato: Renaissance Drawing & Painting Mode

Renaissance Drawing  & Painting Technique: Sfumato                Pencil refers to learning how to use graphite to depict various values and colors. The stroke is continuous tone and is called “Sfumato,” to make smokey (pronounced SFoo-Ma-toe).  The object is to apply graphite smoothly so that no texture is observed and no hard outlines (as in a coloring book). The technique demonstrates how a smooth transition of...

Leonardo da Vinci Speaks!

Dear Friends: Many years after Leonardo’s death, what is considered the most remarkable observations about art, writings were compiled from his original manuscripts providing the student of art with precise instructions from attitude to completed art. Thanks to “Leonardo da Vinci – A Treatise on Painting” translated from the Italian by John Francis Rigaud for Dover Publications, I pulled together...