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classicize

to imitate a Classical style of ancient Greece or Rome

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Humanism

intellectual-cultural secular movement that stemmed from the study of classical literature and culture in the Middle Ages; during the Renaissance it stressed earthly fulfillment rather than preparation for paradise. The humanists devoutly accepted the existence of God and fulfilled their spiritual obligations, but at the same time they were keenly interested in aesthetics and history, and believed man should enjoy life and serve his community (from, “The Power of the Past”)

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maniera greca

the Italo-Byzantine style, reflective of the Byzantine style on Italic art

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Maestà

depiction of the Madonna as Queen of Heaven enthroned in majesty accompanied by angels and saints

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altarpiece

painted or sculpted (sometimes both) panel placed above and behind an altar in a church or chapel

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polyptych

altarpiece made up of four or more sections

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recto

“front” side of a page or altarpiece

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verso

“back” side of a page or altarpiece

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predella

a type of narrow shelf with painted panels at the base of an altarpiece

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grisaille

monochrome painting executed mainly in neutral grays to simulate sculpture, French in origin

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continuous narrative

convention of allowing the same figure(s) to appear more than once in a discreet single pictorial 2- or 3-D space in order to convey content

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Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine

in Latin, the Legende Aurea, a collection of histories of the saints (largely apocryphal) popular in the Middle Ages and throughout the Renaissance

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sacra conversazione

“holy conversation”, it refers to the theme of the enthroned Virgin and Child surrounded by saints and appearing to be conversing together in a unified space. Comes to prominence in 15th century altarpieces

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incrustation

wall treatment consisting of alternating contrasting colors, popular in medieval and Renaissance Tuscany (e.g., Florence Cathedral)

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quatrefoil

a shape or plan that is four-lobed; a clover-like shape

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ogee arches

arches made of two double-curving, “s” shaped arches that meet at a point, aka a keel arch