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Stories in The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini

A Farewell to Renaissance Portraits

Emily Perreault, 2011–12 Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012

Walking

Now that the Renaissance Portrait exhibition, which has been the subject of our blog since its January launch, has closed, the Teen Advisory Group will shift its focus to a different area of the collection: the American Wing.

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My Renaissance Portrait's Match

Aziza, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012

Renaissance portrait and helmet mask

I was challenged to find a work of art from another culture and time period that is similar in some way to the Renaissance portrait that I have been researching. For my portrait's match, I decided to pick a helmet mask made by the Mende or Sherbro peoples from Sierra Leone in West Africa.

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A Youth Who Is Remarkably Old

Garrett, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012

Biagio d'Antonio (Italian, Florentine, active by 1472–died 1516) | Portrait of a Young Man | 32.100.68

Can you believe this painting is over five centuries old? I'm astounded by how works of art can survive over such a long period of time.

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Renaissance Fashion and Dress Codes

Evelin, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012

Piero del Pollaiuolo (Piero di Jacopo Benci) (Italian, 1441/42–1485/96). Portrait of a Woman, mid-1470s. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Edward S. Harkness, 1940 (50.135.3)

Did you know there were dress codes in fifteenth-century Italy?

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Young, Stylish, and Venetian

Jimmy, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012

Jacometto  (Jacometto Veneziano; Venice, active by ca. 1472-d. before 1498, Venice) |Portrait of a Young Man, late 1480s-90s | 49.7.3

I chose to learn more about Portrait of a Young Man by Jacometto Veneziano because I was fascinated by how the young man's black clothing blends into the dark background of the painting.

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The Ideal Woman

Jamilah, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012

Master of the Castello Nativity (Italian, Florentine, active ca. 1445–75). Portrait of a Woman, probably 1450s. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.6)

Do you know what the ideal woman looked like during the Renaissance?

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Symbols of Power

Emily R., Former TAG Member

Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012

Hans Memling (Netherlandish, active by 1465, died 1494) | Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1482 | Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.112)

Did you know that, at one point, this young man had a halo?

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Behind the Scenes: The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini

Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012

Curator Andrea Bayer with Teens

The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is so much more than just paintings, sculptures, medals, and drawings. The layout and gorgeous lighting highlight an exhibition that combines art and history with a study of society, location, and symbolism.

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A Renaissance Marriage

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012

Fra Filippo Lippi  (Italian, ca. 1406–1469) | Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement, ca. 1440 | 89.15.19

Did you know that during the Renaissance as soon as a man saw his prospective wife she became almost like his property?

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Why Study Art from the Past?

Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012

Marriage portraits attributed to the Maestro delle Storie del Pane

Art from the past holds clues to life in the past. By looking at a work of art's symbolism, colors, and materials, we can learn about the culture that produced it.

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