DK Eyewitness Books: Da Vinci And His Times
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Celebrate the renewed popularity of history's original Renaissance man with a re-launched edition of this classic Eyewitness book, featuring eight exciting new pages of material.
also illustrates the power of superstition. The globe above the victim’s head displays the year 1484, when a new outbreak of plague was thought to have been caused by the appearance of five planets in the zodiacal sign of the scorpion. POISONOUS CURE In 1512, doctors began to use mercury to treat syphilis. They did not realize that mercury is poisonous and can be deadly. Crib decorated with mythological figures DEATH AT BIRTH In Renaissance Europe, between a quarter and a half of all babies
copied accurately and quickly, and they were sold widely throughout Europe. The first music printed from movable type was published by Ottaviano Petrucci in Venice in 1501. He went on to produce more than 59 volumes, from polyphony to lute music, shown above. Music An angel plays heavenly music on the lute Renaissance music was written mainly for voices. The great choirs of the cathedrals sang settings of the liturgy (religious services) or oratorios (religious stories set to music). The style
the Rocks (c. 1508) • Botticellli’s Venus and Mars (c. 1485) • Raphael’s The Ansidei Madonna (c. 1505) • Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne (1520–23) • Van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Marriage (1434) NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C. • Leonardo’s Ginevra de Benci (c. 1475) • Raphael’s St. George Fighting the Dragon (1504–06) and Small Cowper Madonna (c. 1505) UFFIZI GALLERY, FLORENCE The 2/3-mile (1-km) long Vasari corridor connects the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti. • Leonardo’s
by Leonardo, Giotto, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. On the top floor of the gallery, visitors can walk along the corridor built by Giorgio Vasari in 1565 to connect the Medici palaces so the family could stroll between them without an escort. The corridor now contains a famous collection of artists’ self-portraits. Leonardo’s The Litta Madonna (c) 2011 Dorling Kindersley. All Rights Reserved. 65 Glossary ALTARPIECE A religious work of art placed above and behind the altar table. ANNUNCIATION
out their colors, first used in the 1400s. Palettes were made larger and kidney-shaped in the 1800s, with a hole for the artist’s thumb. TRIPTYCH A painting made up of three panels, usually hinged so that the side panels can be folded toward the center panel; a common form of altarpiece during the Renaissance. UNIVERSAL MAN Phrase coined in 1860 by Jacob Burckhardt, a historian of the Renaissance, to describe Leonardo. PANEL A hard surface, usually wood, which may be painted. Renaissance