(1) The section of a pedestal between base and surbase. (2) The lower
portion of the wall of a room, decorated diffrently from the upper section.
- danse macabre
The dance of death, a favorite late medieval picture subject. It generally shows skeletons forcing the living to dance with them, usually in matching pairs, e.g. a live priest dancing with a skeleton priest. Holbein's woodcut series the Dance of Death is one of the most famous.
- deacon (Gk. diakonos - servant)
- a minister who was below the rank of priest in the Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox churches. Deacons originally cared for both the sick and the poor in early Christian communities.
- Deësis (Gk. request)
- the representation of Christ enthroned in glory as judge or ruler of the world, flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist acting as intercessors.
To create an image or representation in two or more dimensions. To portray or represent.
depiction - An image or representation in two or more
dimensions. Portrayal or representation.
- diptych (Lat. diptychum, Gk. diptychos, - folded in two)
- in medieval art a picture, often an altarpiece, consisting of two folding wings without a fixed central area.
- disegno (It. drawing, design)
- In Renaissance art theory, the design of a painting seen in terms of drawing, which was help to be the basis of all art. The term stresses not the literal drawing, but the concept behind an art work. With the Mannerists the term came to mean an ideal image that a work attempts to embody but can in fact never fully realize. As disegno appeals to the intellect, it was considered far more important that coloure (colour), which was seen as appealing to the senses and emotions.
- distemper (Lat. distemperare - to mix, dilute)
- A technique of painting in which pigments are diluted with water and bound with a glue. It was usually used for painting wall decorations and frescoes, though a few artists, notably Andrea Mantegna (1430/31-1506), also used it on canvas.
- in architecture, hemispherical structure evolved from the arch, usually forming a ceiling or roof.
- Dominicans (Lat. Ordo Praedictatorum, Order of Preachers)
- A Roman Catholic order of mendicant friars founded by St. Dominic in 1216 to spread the faith through preaching and teaching. The Dominicans were one of the most influential religious orders in the later Middle Ages, their intellectual authority being established by such figures as Albertus Magnus and St.Thomas Aquinas. The Dominicans played the leading role in the Inquisition.
- donor (Lat. donator, giver of a gift)
- a patron who commissioned a work of art for a church. Donors sometimes had their portraits included in the work they were donating as a sign of piety.
- A male garment, formerly worn under armour, that from the 15th century referred to a close-fitting jacket.
- Stand on which a painting is supported while the artist works on it.
The oldest representation of an easel is on an Egyptian relief of the Old
Kingdom (c. 2600-2150 BC). Renaissance illustrations of the artist at work
show all kinds of contrivances, the commonest being the three-legged easel
with pegs, such as we still use today. Light folding easels were not made until
the 18th and 19th centuries, when painters took to working out of doors.
The studio easel, a 19th-century invention, is a heavy piece of furniture,
which runs on castors or wheels, and served to impress the c1ients of portrait
painters. Oil painters need an easel which will support the canvas almost
vertically or tip it slightly forward to prevent reflection from the wet paint,
whereas the watercolourist must be able to lay his paper nearly flat so that the
wet paint will not run down. The term 'easel-painting' is applied to any
picture small enough to have been painted on a standard easel.
- encaustic painting
The term encaustic is derived form Greek 'enkaien' and means 'to burn into'.
It is a painting method in which the paint is a mixture of dry pigment and molten wax (beewax). Wax was an excellent
preservative of wood used by antient Greeks and Egiptian to waterproof theirs ships.
This is probably where painting method took its origin.
The pigmented wax applied on ship gave the ship both required waterproof and a rich, bright look.
Greek poer Homer (800 B.C. ) mentioned painted ships of the Greek warriors in his epos, Roman historian
Pliny the elder refer to encaustic paintings several hundred old which were in possesion of Roman aristoctats.
applying molten, colored wax to various surfaces, mostly
- Ecce Homo (Lat. Behold the Man!)
- The words of Pontius Pilate in the Gospel of St. John (19, 5) when he
presents Jesus to the crowds. Hence, in art, a depiction of Jesus, bound and
flogged, wearing a crown of thorns and a scarlet robe.
- en face
- In portraiture, a pose in which the sitter faces the viewer directly; full face.
- A print made from a metal plate that has had a design cut
into it with a sharp point. Ink is smeared over the plate and then
wiped off, the ink remaining in the etched lines being transferred
when the plate is pressed very firmly onto a sheet of paper.
In European thought, when pre-Enlightenment and Enlightenment thinkers divide areas of knowledge,
such as physics, history, economics, etc., from religious considerations, the Christian world view becomes
secularized. When the Christian eschatological world view is applied to history, all meaning and value in history is
located in the end of time, that is, all history, whether it be the history of nations or the history of an individual, is
read as future-directed. But when religious considerations are taken out of European theories of history, the end of
time is also removed. What's left is a future-directed theory of history without a specific end goal; this theory of history
was called progress. When applied to economics, progress produces the capitalist theory of economic growth; when
applied to biology, it produces the theory of evolution.
Not all religions are as ruthlessly focussed on the end of time as Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam; although
some religions and cultures have narratives concerning the end of time, they aren't, properly speaking, eschatological
religions. The Mayans, for instance, believed that the end of time would occur after an enormous number of cycles of eons.
In the Dresden Codex (Book), the end of time is preceded by a nearly endless cycle of twelve and a half million days (thirty-four
thousand years); this eternity of cycles finally ends in the drowning of the earth by the rain serpent, the sun, the moon, and the old
goddess. Properly speaking, the meaning of history for the Mayans lies more in the repetition of cycles than in the orientation of
history towards an end point.
- ensemble (Fr. together)
- A combining of several media grouped together to form a composite art work.
Chapels were among the most notable Renaissance ensembles, sometimes combining
panel painting, fresco, sculpture, and architecture.
- In classical architecture, the part of a building between the capitals
of the columns and the roof. It consists of the architrave, the frieze, and
- epitaph (Gk. epistaphion)
- Pictures or tables with reliefs and inscriptions erected in honour of the
deceased in churches or sepulchral chapels.
- eschatology (Gk. eschaton - last, and logos - word)
- Eschatology is the religious study of the end of the world (Greek: eschatos :
end, logos : meaning, study, reason); most, but not all, religions narrate human history as
oriented in some way towards an end point. Some religions, such as Zoroastrianism, Christianity
and Islam, are more or less characterized as eschatological religions, that is, these religions see the
purpose and meaning of history as oriented towards some end point. In these religions, the entire
universe will be properly balanced and disposed only at this end point, when both good and evil will assume
their proper place and change and history will no longer take place. In the European tradition, Christian eschatology
has had a profound influence on both history and the development of the modern world view. In particular, the character
of modernity as future-directed is a direct inheritance and secularization of the Christian orientation to the end of time.
In Christian eschatology, the universe is a finite place temporally, that is, the history of creation has a beginning and a
definite end. In fact, in foundational and early Christianity, the universe is a very small place as far as time is concerned; for
Jesus of Nazareth announces that the end of time will be seen in "this" generation, that is, the generation contemporaneous
with Jesus. Since the beginning of time goes back only a hundred or so generations, that means all of history occupies for
both the foundational and early Christians a mere two or three thousand years. It's hard to appreciate how this affected the
early Christians, for they lived quite literally believing that the end of time was taking place around them. John of Patmos, a
Greek religious hermit, wrote an entire work (Revelations ) about the events of the end of time and seems to have been talking
primarily about contemporary events. Whether you accept this or not, the early Christians lived in fear, even hysteria, about the
end of time; Paul
spends some energy in his epistles trying to calm people down.
This end of time will bring, as it does in Zoroastrianism, a final disposition of human history in
which evil is vanquished and the good and the evil are separated. It's important to realize that in both Zoroastrianism
and Islam, time will continue; the universe will simply exist in a state of equilibrium. This seems to be the case for foundational
Christianity, though very little if anything is said about the nature of the universe after the end of history. The early Christians
eventually theorized that the end of history meant the end of time itself so that all change and duration would come to an end once
evil is vanquished and the universe is properly disposed. Whatever the case, in these three religions the universe is seen as
somehow incomplete or imperfect and is
headed towards a final completion and a final perfection.
- Eucharist (Gk. eu -good, and charis - thanks)
- the sacrament of Holy Communion, celebrated with bread and wine, the most
sacred moment of the Christian liturgy.
- The term is used in an Italian context to designate spiritual currents manifest
around 1540 which might be said to have occupied the confessional middle ground
between Catholicism and Protestantism; hence it does not relate at all to the term
'Evangelical' as used in German or English contexts. It has been applied
particularly to the so-called spirituali of the Viterbo circle, notably Cardinal
Pole, Vittoria Colonna, Marcantonio Flaminio, Carnesecchi and Ochino, and also to
Giulia Gonzaga, Contarini, Giovanni Morone; Gregorio Cortese and Vermigli. Such
persons combined a zeal for personal religious renewal with spiritual anxieties akin
to those of Luther, to which they sought an answer in the study of St Paul and St
Augustine; convinced of the inefficacy of human works, they stressed the role of
faith and the all-efficacy of divine grace in justification. Few of them broke with
the Catholic Church.
- Fathers of the Church
- A title given to those leaders of the early Christian Church whose writings had made an important contribution to the development of doctrine. Saints Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory the Great were often considered the four principal Fathers of the Church.
- festoni (It. festoons)
- Architectural ornaments consisting of fruit, leaves, and flowers suspended in a loop; a swag.
- fête champêtre (Fr: rural feast)
- In painting, representation of a rural feast or open-air entertainment. Although the term fête galante ("gallant feast") is sometimes used synonymously with fête champêtre, it is also used to refer to a specific kind of fête champêtre: a more graceful, usually aristocratic scene in which groups of idly amorous, relaxed, well-dressed figures are depicted in a pastoral setting.
- of a column or pillar, carved with closely spaced parallel grooves cut vertically.
- Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- the Four Horsemen in the Revelation of St John (Rev 6, 2 - 8), which contains the description of the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ. The Horsemen personify the disasters about to happen to mankind, such as plague, war, famine and death. Their attributes are the bow, sword and set of balances. In some sculptures the first rider is identified as Christ by a halo. The colour of his horse is white, that of the others red, black and dun.
- A Roman Catholic order of mendicant friars founded by St. Francis of Assisi (given papal approval in 1223). Committed to charitable and missionary work, they stressed the veneration of the Holy Virgin, a fact that was highly significant in the development of images of the Madonna in Italian art. In time the absolute poverty of the early Franciscans gave way to a far more relaxed view of property and wealth, and the Franciscans became some of the most important patrons of art in the early Renaissance.
- fresco (It. fresh)
- Wall painting technique in which pigments are applied to wet (fresh) plaster (intonaco). The pigments bind with the drying plaster to form a very durable image. Only a small area can be painted in a day, and these areas, drying to a slightly different tint, can in time be seen. Small amounts of retouching and detail work could be carried out on the dry plaster, a technique known as a secco fresco.
- frescos in Italy
- Save in Venice, where the atmosphere was too damp, fresco painting was the
habitual way of decorating wall surfaces in Italy, both in churches and in private
and public palaces. During the 16th century a liking for the more brilliant effect of
large canvases painted in oils, and to a lesser extent for tapestries, diminished the
use of frescoes save for covering upper walls, covings and ceilings. The technique of
buon fresco, or true fresco, involved covering the area with a medium-fine plaster,
the intonaco, just rough enough to provide a bond (sometimes enhanced by scoring) for
the final layer of fine plaster. Either a freehand sketch of the whole composition
(sinopia) was drawn on the wall, or a full-scale cartoon was prepared and its outlines
transferred to the intonaco by pressing them through with a knife or by pouncing -
blowing charcoal dust through prickholes in the paper. Then over the intonaco enough
of the final thin layer was applied to contain a day's work. That portion of the design
was repeated on it either by the same methods or freehand, and the artist set to work
with water-based pigments while the plaster was still damp; this allowed them to sink
in before becoming dry and fixed. (Thus 'pulls' or slices of frescoes could be taken
by later art thieves without actually destroying the colour or drawing of the work.)
It is usually possible to estimate the time taken to produce a fresco by examining the
joins between the plastered areas representing a day's work. Final details, or effects
impossible to obtain in true fresco pigments, could be added at the end in 'dry'
paints, or fresco secco, a technique in which pigment was laid on an unabsorbent
plaster; the best known example of an entire composition in fresco secco is Leonardo's
- Garter, Order of the
- The highest order the English monarch can bestow. It was founded by Edward III in 1348. The blue Garter ribbon is worn under the left knee by men and on the upper left arm by women. The motto is Honi soit qui mal y pense (Evil to those who think evil).
- in classical Rome, a person's invisible tutelary god. In art from the
classical period onwards, the low-ranking god was depicted as a winged, usually
- The term is used to mean a category of artistic, musical, or
literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content (for example
epic, tragedy, comedy, novel, and short story in literary composition;
landscape, portraiture, religious themes, historic events or still life in art composition;
the western, gangster film, police thriller, science-fiction film, or social
problem film in film composition; etc.).
- genre painting /genre masterpiece
- The depiction of scenes from everyday life where the people are shown in their
everyday surroundings: at home, in a café or at work, hunting expeditions and tribal rituals
figure in prehistoric rock paintings, domestic and agricultural occupations, banquet with
scenes of feasting, dancing, and music.
Genere paintings appear to be painted from life, but in reality were usually thought
up in the artist's studio. Sometimes (but not always!)
they contain a moral lesson. In some works the message is clear, in other cases the viewer has to make
an effort to interpret the picture. Often, however, these household scenes are simply decorative paintings
designed to entertain and amuse.
Elements of everyday life, however, played a major role in 16th century religious
works of Carracci and Caravaggio, but it was in Holland in the
17th century that they got an independent form, where the principal figure is invariably
engaged in some everyday activity: one is reading a letter, another is fastening a collar about her neck, yet
another is pouring out milk, or another is cleaning the table and at the same time listening the music (J. Vermeer, C. Fabritius, P. de Hooch, W. Buytewech, G. Metsu, J. H. Steen,
G. ter Borch, S. van Hoogstraten, and others) .
- A term applied to the 14th-century followers of Giotto. The best-known of the 'Giotteschi' are the Florentines Taddeo Gaddi, Maso di Banco, Bernardo Daddi, and to a lesser extent the Master of St Cecilia. Giotto's most loyal follower was Maso, who concentrated on the essential and maintained the master's high seriousness.
- French term used from the 15th century onwards for a lying or recumbent effigy on a funerary monument. The gisant typically represented a person in death (sometimes decomposition) and the gisant position was contrasted with the orant, which represented the person as if alive in a kneeling or praying position. In Renaissance monuments gisants often formed part of the lower register, where the deceased person was represented as a corpse, while on the upper part he was represented orant as if alive.
- paint applied so thinly that the base beneath it is visible through the layer. A thin, transparent coat of paint or varnish. The glaze,
very liquid, is applied in thin, even coats to modify the color and appearance of areas of a painting. It is one of the
fundamental techniques of oil painting.
- (1) The supernatural radiance surrounding a holy person.
(2) To have the distinction of one's deeds recognized in life and to be revered for them posthumously: this was glory. The nature of true gloria was much discussed, whether it must be connected with the public good, whether the actions that led to it must conform with Christian ethics, how it differed from notoriety. The concept did not exclude religious figures (the title of the church of the Frari in Venice was S. Maria Gloriosa), but it was overwhelmingly seen in terms of secular success and subsequent recognition, as determining the lifestyles of the potent and the form of their commemoration in literature, in portraits and on tombs. As such, it has been taken as a denial of medieval religiosity ('sic transit gloria mundi'), and thus a hallmark of Renaissance individual ism; as a formidable influence on cultural patronage; and as spurring on men of action, as well as writers and artists, to surpass their rivals - including their counterparts in antiquity.
- French tapestry manufactory, named after a family of dyers and clothmakers
who set up business on the outskirts of Paris in the 15th century. Their premises
became a tapestry factory in the early 17th century, and in 1662 it was taken over
by Louis XIV, who appointed Lebrun Director. Initially it made not only tapestries
but also every kind of product (except carpets, which were woven at the Savonnerie
factory) required forits official title was Manufacture royale des meubles de la Couronne.
The celebrated tapestry designed by Lebrun showing Louis XIV Visiting the
Gobelins (Gobelins Museum, Paris, 1663-75) gives a good idea of the range of
its activities. In 1694 the factory was closed because of the king's financia
difficulties, and although it reopened in 1699, thereafter it made only
tapestries. For much of the 18th century it retained its position as the
foremost tapestry manufactory in Europe. 0udry and Boucher successively
held the post of Director (1733-70). The Gobelins continues in production
today and houses a tapestry museum.
- Golden Fleece, Order of the Golden Fleece
- a noble chivalric order, still in existence today, founded by Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy in 1430 in honor of the Apostle Andrew, for the defence of the Christian faith and the Church. In allusion to the legend of Jason and the Argonauts, the symbol of the order is a golden ram's fleece drawn through a gold ring.
- golden section (Lat. sectio aurea)
- In painting and architecture, a formula meant to provide the aesthetically most satisfying proportions for a picture or a feature of a building. The golden section is arrived at by dividing a line unevenly so that the shorter length is to the larger as the larger is to the whole. This ratio is approximately 8:13. The golden section (sometimes known as the golden mean), which was thought to express a perfect harmony of proportions, played an important role in Renaissance theories of art.
- Italian gonfaloniere (standard bearer), a title of high civic magistrates in the medieval Italian city-states.
In Florence the gonfaloniers of the companies (gonfalonieri di compagnia) originated during the 1250s as commanders of the people's militia. In the 1280s a new office called the gonfalonier of justice (gonfaloniere di giustizia) was instituted to protect the interests of the people against the dominant magnate class. The holder of this office subsequently became the most prominent member of the Signoria (supreme executive council of Florence) and formal head of the civil administration. In other Italian cities, the role of the gonfaloniers was similar to that in Florence. Gonfaloniers headed the militia from the various city quarters, while the gonfalonier of justice often was the chief of the council of guild representatives.
The kings of France traditionally bore the title gonfalonier of St. Denis. The honorary title of gonfalonier of the church (vexillifer ecclesiae) was conferred by the popes, from the 13th until the 17th century, on sovereigns and other distinguished persons.
- Gothic, which may well have originated with Alberti as a derogatory term and which certainly corresponds to Vasari's 'maniera tedesca' ('German style'), is properly the descriptive term for an artistic style which achieved its first full flowering in the Ile de France and the surrounding areas in the period between c. 1200 and c. 1270, and which then spread throughout northern Europe. It is characterized by the hitherto unprecedented integration of the arts of sculpture, painting, stained glass and architecture which is epitomized in the great cathedrals of Chartres, Amiens, and Reims or in the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. In all the arts the predominantly planar forms of the Romanesque are replaced by an emphasis on line. There is a transcendental quality, whether in the soaring forms of the pointed arches or in the new stress on the humanity of Christ, which similarly distinguishes it from the preceding Romanesque style.
In thinking of Nicola (d. c. 1284) or Giovanni Pisano (d. after 1314) there is same danger of forgetting what had happened in French sculpture half a century or more earlier, and likewise it is hard to remember that the spectacular achievements of early Renaissance art are a singularly localized eddy in the continuing stream of late gothic European art. By northern European standards few Italian works of art can be called gothic without qualification, and the story of 13th and 14th century Italian architecture is as much one of resistance to the new style as of its reception, whether directly from France or through German or central European intermediaries. In sculpture and in painting, the Italian reluctance to distort the human figure, conditioned by a never wholly submerged awareness of the omnipresent antique heritage, gives a special quality to the work of even those artists such as Giovanni Pisano or Simone Martini who most closely approached a pure gothic style.
Nevertheless, the vitalizing role of Northern gothic art throughout the early Renaissance and the period leading up to it should never be underestimated. The artistic, like the cultural and commercial, interaction was continuous and much of the Italian achievement is incomprehensible if seen in isolation. It is not merely at the level of direct exchanges between one artist and another, or the influence of one building; painting, manuscript or piece of sculpture upon another, that the effects are to be felt. The streaming quality of line which is so characteristic of Brunelleschi's early Renaissance architecture surely reflects a sensitivity to the gothic contribution which is entirely independent of, and lies much deeper than, the superficial particularities of form.
The counterflow of influence and inspiration from South to North must likewise not be underrated. In particular, the contribution of Italian painters from Duccio and Simone Martini onwards is central to the evolution of the so-called International Gothic style developing in Burgundy, Bohemia and north Italy in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.
- Gouache is opaque watercolour, known also as poster paint and designer's colour. It is thinned with water for applying, with sable- and hog-hair brushes, to white or tinted paper and card and, occasionally, to silk. Honey, starch, or acrylic is sometimes added to retard its quick-drying property. Liquid glue is preferred as a thinner by painters wishing to retain the tonality of colours (which otherwise dry slightly lighter in key) and to prevent thick paint from flaking. Gouache paints have the advantages that they dry out almost immediately to a mat finish and, if required, without visible brush marks. These qualities, with the capacities to be washed thinly or applied in thick impasto and a wide colour range that now includes fluorescent and metallic pigments, make the medium particularly suited to preparatory studies for oil and acrylic paintings. It is the medium that produces the suede finish and crisp lines characteristic of many Indian and Islamic miniatures, and it has been used in Western screen and fan decoration and by modern artists such as Rouault, Klee, Dubuffet, and Morris Graves.
- Grand Manner
- Term applied to the lofty and rhetorical manner of history painting that in academic theory was considered appropriate to the most serious and elevated subjects. The classic exposition of its doctrines is found in Reynolds's Third and Fourth Discourses (1770 and 1771), where he asserts that 'the gusto grande of the Italians, the beau idéal of the French, and the great style, genius, and taste among the English, are but different appellations of the same thing'. The idea of the Grand Manner took shape in 17th-century Italy, notably in the writings of Bellori. His friend Poussin and the great Bolognese painters of the 17th century were regarded as outstanding exponents of the Grand Manner, but the greatest of all was held to be Raphael.
- Grand Tour
- An extensive journey to the Continent, chiefly to France, the Netherlands, and above all Italy, sometimes in the company of a tutor, that became a conventional feature in the education of the English gentleman in the 18th century. Such tours often took a year or more. It had a noticeable effect in bringing a more cosmopolitan spirit to the taste of connoisseurs and laid the basis for many collections among the landed gentry. It also helped the spread of the fashion for Neoclassicism and an enthusiasm for Italian painting. Among the native artists who catered for this demand were Batoni, Canaletto, Pannini, and Piranesi, and British artists (such as Nollekens) were sometimes able to support themselves while in Italy by working for the dealers and restorers who supplied the tourist clientele. There was also a flourishing market in guide books.
- Greek cross
- A cross with four arms of equal length.
- graphic art
- Term current with several different meanings in the literature of the
visual arts. In the context of the fine arts, it most usually refers to
those arts that rely essentially on
line or tone rather than colour i.e. drawing and the various forms of engraving.
Some writers, however, exclude drawing from this definition, so that the term
"graphic art" is used to cover the various processes by which prints are
created. In another sense, the term sometimes shortened to "graphics"
is used to cover the entire field of commercial printing, including text as well as
- grisaille (Fr. gris - gray)
- A painting done entirely in one colour, usually gray. Grisaille paintings were often intended to imitate sculpture.
- Guelfs and Ghibellines
- Italian political terms derived from the German Welf, a personal and thence family name of the dukes of Bavaria, and Waiblingen, the name of a castle of the Hohenstaufen dukes of Swabia apparently used as a battle cry. Presumably introduced into Italy 1198-1218, when partisans of the Emperor Otto IV (Welf) contested central Italy with supporters of Philip of Swabia and his' nephew Frederick II, the terms do not appear in the chronicles until the Emperor Frederick's conflict with the Papacy 1235-50, when Guelf meant a supporter of the Pope and Ghibelline a supporter of the Empire. From 1266 to 1268, when Naples was conquered by Charles of Anjou, brother of Louis IX, the French connection became the touchstone of Guelfism, and the chain of Guelf alliances stretching from Naples, through central Italy, to Provence and Paris, underwritten by the financial interests of the Tuscan bankers, became an abiding feature of European politics. The Italian expeditions of Henry of Luxemburg (1310-13) and Lewis of Bavaria (1327-29) spread the terms to northern Italy, with the Visconti of Milan and the della Scala of Verona emerging as the leading Ghibelline powers. Attempts by Guelf propagandists to claim their party as the upholder of liberty and their opponents as the protagonists of tyranny rarely coincide with the truth: power politics, then as now, generally overrode ideology in inter-state affairs.
Factional struggles had existed within the Italian states from time immemorial, the parties taking a multitude of local names. In Florence, however, Guelf and Ghibelline were applied to the local factions which supposedly originated in a feud between the Buondelmonte and Amidei clans, c. 1216. In 1266-67 the Guelf party, which had recruited most of the merchant class, finally prevailed over the predominantly noble Ghibellines; after this, internal factions in Florence went under other names, like the Blacks and the Whites who contested for control of the commune between 1295 and 1302. Meanwhile the Parte Guelfa had become a corporate body whose wealth and moral authority as the guardian of political orthodoxy enabled it to play the part of a powerful pressure group through most of the 14th century. After the War of the Eight Saints, the influence of the Parte declined rapidly. Although its palace was rebuilt c. 1418-58 to the designs of Brunelleschi, it had no part in the conflicts surrounding the rise of the Medici régime.
- An association of the masters of a particular craft, trade or profession (painters, goldsmiths, surgeons, and so on) set up to protect its members' rights and interests. Such guilds existed in virtually every European city in the 16th century. The guild also monitored standards of work, acted as a court for those who brought their trade into disrepute, and provided assistance to members in need.
- guilds (in Italy)
- Guilds were essentially associations of masters in particular crafts, trades, or professions. In Italy they go back a long way; there is documentary evidence of guilds in 6th century Naples. In origin they were clubs which observed religious festivals together and attended the funerals of their members, but in time they acquired other functions. Their economic function was to control standards and to enforce the guild's monopoly of particular activities in a particular territory. Their political function was to participate in the government of the city-state. In some cities, notably Florence in the 14th century, only guildsmen were eligible for civic office, thus excluding both noblemen (unless they swallowed their pride and joined, as some did), and unskilled workers like the woolcombers and dyers. In Florence in 1378 these groups demanded the right to form their own guilds, and there were similar movements of protest in Siena and Bologna.
Guilds were also patrons of art, commissioning paintings for guildhalls, contributing to the fabric fund of cathedrals and collaborating on collective projects like the statues for Orsanmichele at Florence. The guilds were not equal. In Florence, the 7 'Greater Guilds', including such prestigious occupations as judges and bankers, outranked the 14 'Lesser Guilds', and in general the guild hierarchy was reflected in the order of precedence in processions. The great age of the guilds was the 13th and 14th centuries. The economic recession after 1348 meant fewer opportunities for journeymen to become masters, and greater hostility between master and man. The shift from trade to land in the 15th and 16th centuries meant a decline in the social standing of the crafts. In some towns, such as Brescia and Vicenza, guild membership actually became a disqualification instead of a qualification for municipal office. The guilds lost their independence and became instruments of state control. In 16th century Venice, for example, they were made responsible for supplying oarsmen for the galleys of the state.
- In a drawing, print or painting, a series of close parallel lines that create
the effect of shadow, and therefore contour and three-dimensionality In crosshatching
the lines overlap.
- heraldry (Fr.science - héraldique, knowledge of heraldry from Fr. héraut - herald)
- the study of the meaning of emblems and coats of arms, with the rules governing
- heresy (pre-Reformation)
- The heretical movements affecting Italy between the mid-12th and the mid-14th
century had their main impact in an area covering the north-west of the peninsula
and southern France: it is not possible to speak of distinct Italian and meridional
French movements. The authentically Christian movements which were expelled from the
Catholic Church must in the first instance be distinguished from Catharism, which
represented an infiltration by the originally non-Christian dualist system of
Manichaeanism; from the start, the Cathars were an anti-church. By contrast, the
Waldensian, Spiritual and Joachimite movements appeared initially as vital
manifestations of Catholicism; only after their condemnation by the ecclesiastical
authorities do they seem to have developed notably eccentric doctrines and to have
described themselves as the true Church in opposition to the institutional Church;
they had a recognizable kinship with movements that remained within the pale of
These Christian heresies had in common an attachment to the ideal of
apostolic poverty, which came to be seen by the ecclesiastical authorities
as a challenge to the institutionalized Church. The Waldensians or Valdesi
(not to be confused with Valdesiani, the followers of Juan de Valdes, d. 1541)
took their origin from the Poor Men of Lyons, founded by Peter Valdes or Waldo
in the 1170s. They were distinguished by a strong attachment to the Bible and a
desire to imitate Christ's poverty. At first approved by the Papacy as an order
of laymen, they were condemned in 1184. Likewise condemned was the rather similar
Lombard movement of the Humiliati. One stream of these remained as an approved order
within the Catholic Church, while others merged with the Waldensians. The Waldensians
came to teach that the sacraments could be administered validly only by the pure, i.e:
only by Waldensian superiors or perfecti practising evangelical poverty. Alone among
the heretical sects existing in Italy they were organized as a church, and regarded
themselves as forming, together with brethren north of the Alps, one great missionary
community. They spread all over western and central Europe but in the long term they
came to be largely confined to the Rhaetian and Cottian Alps (the Grisons and Savoy).
The Italian Waldensians in the 16th century resisted absorption by Reformed
The early Franciscans might be regarded as a movement, similar in character
to the Poor Men of Lyons, which was won for the cause of Catholic orthodoxy.
However, divisions within the order over the issue of poverty led to religious
dissidence. The Spirituals held up the ideal of strict poverty as obligatory for
Franciscans and, indeed, normative for churchmen; following the Papacy's recognition
of the Franciscan order as a property-owning body in 1322-23, their position became
one of criticism of the institutional Church as such. Their heresies came to
incorporate the millenarian doctrines of the 12th century abbot Joachim of Fiore.
He had prophesied a coming age of the Holy Spirit ushered in by Spiritual monks;
his heretical followers prophesied a new Spiritual gospel that would supersede the
Bible. Joachimite Spiritualists came to see the pope, head of the "carnal Church",
as Antichrist. The main impact of the movement upon the laity was in southern France;
in Italy it was an affair of various groups of fraticelli de paupere vita
(little friars of the poor life), mainly in the south.
- A courtesan of ancient Greece. There may have been one or two hetaira
called Lais in ancient Corinth. One was the model of the celebrated painter Apelles.
- history painting
- Painting concerned with the representation of scenes from the Bible,
history (usually classical history), and classical literature. From the Renaissance
to the 19th century it was considered the highest form of painting, its subjects
considered morally elevating.
- hortus conclusus (Lat. enclosed garden)
- a representation of the Virgin and Child in a fenced garden, sometimes
accompanied by a group of female saints. The garden is a symbolic allusion
to a phrase in the Song of Songs (4:12):
"A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse".
- Hudson River school
- group of American landscape painters, working from 1825 to 1875.
The 19th-century romantic movements of England, Germany, and France were
introduced to the United States by such writers as Washington Irving and James
Fenimore Cooper. At the same time, American painters were studying in Rome,
absorbing much of the romantic aesthetic of the European painters. Adapting the
European ideas about nature to a growing pride in the beauty of their homeland, for
the first time a number of American artists began to devote themselves to landscape
painting instead of portraiture. First of the group of artists properly classified
with the Hudson River school was Thomas Doughty; his tranquil works greatly influenced
later artists of the school. Thomas Cole, whose dramatic and colourful landscapes are
among the most impressive of the school, may be said to have been its leader during
the group's most active years. Among the other important painters of the school are
Asher B. Durand, J. F. Kensett, S. F. B. Morse, Henry Inman, Jasper Cropsey,
Frederick E. Church, and, in his earlier work, George Inness.
- humanism (Lat. humanus - human)
philosophical movement which started in Italy in the mid-14th century,
and which drew on antiquity to make man the focal point. In humanism,
the formative spiritual attitude of the Renaissance, the emancipation of
man from God took place. It went hand in hand with a search for new insights
into the spiritual and scientific workings of this world. The humanists paid
particular attention to the rediscovery and nurture of the Greek and Latin
languages and literature. To this day the term denotes the supposedly ideal
combination of education based on classical erudition and humanity based on
observation of reality.