Let's study a work of art. The bold-faced words are some of the keywords used to talk about art. The italicized questions are examples of things to consider when viewing art.
Portrait of a Cardinal in his Study (c.1519)
Italian portrait painter Lorenzo Costa, c.1459-March 5, 1535
- Who was Lorenzo Costa?
- What is his personal story?
- Who or what influenced his political views?
- His religious influences?
A portrait of a 16th-century cardinal and the 4th-century Biblical scholar, St. Jerome, seen through the window.
- Is this cardinal a real-life person? If so, who was he? What is his story? If not, what does history say about cardinals of this era?
- Who is St. Jerome, and what is he doing?
- What is the symbolism of placing this cardinal and St. Jerome together?
Oil and tempera painting on a poplar panel
- Is there a reason why the artist chose these materials and this technique?
Renaissance or 16th Century
- What was happening politically and socially during this time that might have influenced the artist?
Portraiture/Humanist or Humanism. Costa was a painter of the School of Ferrara-Bologna. These artists were called Ferrarese.
- What is the philosophy of the Humanist Movement?
- How does it manifest itself in this work of art?
- What differentiates Ferrarese artists from other artists?
Image Source: The Minneapolis Institute of Art