Giovanni di Paolo' Art: Transitioning from Medieval to Renaissance

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Artistic styles are constantly changing. Incidentally, most famous artists tend to be masters of a specific style of art. Every period of art is influenced by the former periods, creating a blurred line where the periods end and beginning. The artists who work in between two distinct periods create a noteworthy blend of both styles. One such artist, Giovanni di Paolo, worked with influences from both the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Medieval and Renaissance art are completely different styles, but Paolo worked to create his own style that fused the two. Medieval art describes the period spanning from Early Christian art all the way to Gothic art. With so many different styles included in this span, come different standards. Paolo …show more content…
John, and the strong sacred emotion that it calls to.
St. John the Baptist Entering the Wilderness is unique in many ways. The most notable of these is that Paolo divided the picture into two different scenes. Towards the bottom, St. John is shown leaving his home for the wilderness, and at the top, he is reaching the wilderness. This interpretation is unique to this panel. Other depictions only show St. John in the wilderness, instead of him leaving home for the wilderness. St. John walks delicately from the safety of his home to the uncertainty of the wilderness, a wilderness whose dismal colors and sharp pointed edges contrast with the bright straight lines of his home. These straight lines in the architectural elements of the painting work to create linear perspective. It was part of Paolo’s individual style to use this level of linear perspective. All the buildings have their own individual exaggerated attempt towards linear perspective. There is no distinct vanishing point for the buildings, but they are at an angle that almost mirrors the second style of Roman wall painting. Another noticeable feature of this painting is the portrayal of St. John. He is very large, especially in reference to the building he stands next to, and to the mountain that he climbs. Paolo has chosen to show John as a young boy, and because entering

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