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Σάββατο, 11 Απριλίου 2015


Last Supper by Leonardo: The mysterious effect of “Sfumato”- The revolutionary achievemnet of both, an harmonic drauthsmanship and realism


The unresolved  serious problem confronted by the Renaissance painters before Leonardo, was the impossibility of achieving both, an harmonic, lucid draughtsmanship (design) and realism, because the one should have to be sacrificed to the demands of the other (see Madegna, Pollaiuolo). In particular, an harmonic composition (drawing) renders the depicted figures unrealsitically stiff and wod-hard. Leonardo solved this problem, first in his Last Supper and subsequently in his Mona Liza, by the invention of the “Sfumato” technique, which  consists of the intensionally blurring the figure`s soutlines and colors, that allow one form to merge with the other, leaving always space for speculation to the spectator`s eye and mind. This is uniquely achieved in Last Supper, in which the harmonic and perfect design (compositional arrangement of the figures) is perfectly combined with a vivid realism of them, which are perceived as vivid, breathing living creatures. 


Dimitris Antoniou (από τις σπουδές μου στην Φιλοσοφία και Τέχνη στην Οξφόρδη)

Έργο με sfumato και chiaro scuro technique.




• Δημοσιεύθηκε από : Δημήτριος Αντωνίου
Σάββατο, 11 Απριλίου 2015 - 10:04 π.μ.
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