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Painting & Sculpture: The fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries

The fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries correspond to the early Renaissance characterized by the linear perspective in painting; most of the painters and architects were concerned with the development of this method and even theorized and studied it.

Painters also studied the light and its influence in painting which Giotto used to create form, in Renaissance artists used it to create drama using contrasting tones and giving the impression that each one of the characters produces their own light.

Virgin Mary, known in Italy as La Madonna, Christ Giving the Keys to St. Peter, The Flagellation of Christ, Battle of San Romano, Andrea Mantegna in Mantua, Cosmè Tura in Ferrara and other paintings were the most famous and studied by artists around the globe.

Sculpture in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries took many characteristics from gothic period with figures which were free-standing, made with different materials, using religious subjects; in Renaissance, sculpture renewed its interest in secular themes as in classical times.

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