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As a student of art history going to a museum is the only way to fully experience a work of art By only looking at a painting or sculpture in a book or on a slide you cannot fully experience the work of art By going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art I was able to look at paintings that dated from centuries old to recent times Bruges The Life and Miracles of Saint Godelieve 15th Century Tempera on wood The Proto-Renaissance alter piece The Life and Miracles of Saint Godelieve was done by the artist Bruges This piece is very typical of its time period The title alone summarizes what art was in this period religious The painting itself is not proportionate has no vanishing point and the saints have a globe-like halo All the faces look the same if you walked down the street you would not be able to pick out an individual model for this painting because there probably was no modeling done Raphael Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints 1504 oil on wood The Raphael alter-piece Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints was painted in 1504 The surface is very smooth you cannot see any brushstrokes The figures are placed in a pyramid shape with the Madonnas face as the center and the viewer as the worms eye-view perspective The faces still all look the same but there is much more detail in this piece than in The Life and Miracles of Saint Godelieve The bright colors details size of the alter-piece and what we now recognize as halos on the angels make this work a typical Raphael Designed by Francesco di Giorgio Gubbio Studiolo 1476 wood trompe-loeil The Gubbio Studiolo is amazing At a first glance everything looks real But then at a closer look you realize the benches and cabinets that are there are not real benches and cabinets at all Its all wood inlayed on a wall
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