Giorgio Vasari 's Calvary Skirmish And How It Illustrates A Creative Thinking Process

752 Words Feb 25th, 2016 4 Pages
While researching Renaissance drawings, I found out that in the 14th century artists began to use paper more and more to draw (Bambach,“ Renaissance Drawings: Material and Function”). Artists prepared their paintings or sculptures with quick drawings. Since the drawings were done quickly, very little detail was captured, but, was done to get a broad idea of where to begin. It allowed viewers to see the creative thinking process of the artist as well. This is why I would like to discuss Giorgio Vasari’s Calvary Skirmish and how it illustrates a creative thinking process. It was common in the 14th century of Renaissance artist 's to do drawings or sketches in preparation of a painting or sculpture. Paper became more available as well as a wider range of tools which, encouraged artists to draw ("Drawing"). This was a common thing for artists to do in this era. It was a starting point for artists to get an idea of where to begin, what to base the piece on, and the placement of where everything would go. According to Giorgio Vasari, ”that excellence in art derives from careful observation” (Dittmann, “Giorgio Vasari”). Drawing was that observation on paper. Giorgio Vasari’s, Calvary Skirmish, is a perfect example of Renaissance drawings. It is a preliminary sketch in which Vasari depicts an idea of what he was trying to accomplish. In the drawing you see men at war. The focal point being the two men on horses in the middle. The rest of the men are in the background with a lot…

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