Monday, 1 September 2014

Every Inchie Monday: Renaissance

This week's word at Every Inchie Monday is

Long post!

Ah, the Renaissance.  My favourite period of art.  Prepare yourself for a brief presumptuous blurb on my favourite art of various forms.  (It's the art and English teacher in me; I can't help it.)  I'm sure a lot of you know these things.

I wanted to show you my favourite Renaissance painting, which is Titian's "Bacchus and Ariadne", but it is a complicated canvas full of numerous iconographic figures in various positions and wasn't really sensical in one inch format. 

So instead, my first offering is a photograph of one of the foremost achievements of the early Italian Renaissance -- the dome of the Florence cathedral.  It was a wonder at the time, and still is, I think.  The cathedral itself was built from 1296 to 1436.  The dome was engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi and was "the first 'octagonal' dome in history to be built without a temporary wooden supporting frame"  (Wikipedia) -  a stupendous achievement.

But going with my policy to do something more than submit a photograph, I did another one. 
This one is supposed to represent the English Renaissance, a hundred years later and more focussed on literature than the Italian, which is known more for its visual art (although there is great literature too).  
English Renaissance is Shakespeare.  I love Shakespeare, but when it came to writing my Master's thesis on Renaissance literature, I chose to do it on Edmund Spensers' allegorical masterpiece, "The Faerie Queene".  Published in 1590 - 1596, it is the longest poem in the English language. (at least it was at the time and for many centuries - who knows what has been written in the recent past).  It is a remarkable achievement - six books, containing approximately 50-60 cantos (it varied), each canto consisting a different number of stanzas (30 - 50), each stanza containing exactly 9 lines using the same consistent rhyme scheme - over 1000 stanzas.  Wow.
So here is my Fairie Queene (often called Gloriana and who was allegorically meant to represent Queen Elizabeth I).  It's kind of sad representation of such a glorious poem but I'm not good at drawing people. 
Here endeth the lesson.  Have a glorious week.


  1. Oh, you're so romantic! That whole ear is romantic and, to me, totally glamorous (I especially adore the discoveries made in medicine and astronomy). Thank you for sharing your gorgeous art and wonderful commentary.

    1. Of course I mean to say era. But it's my love of anatomy that made me type ear :)

  2. Wonderful post with a lot of information about the era. Love both inchies

    Chrissie x

  3. Loads of info! I love that was the front cover of one of my French literature books when I went to school in France (S4 equivalent I think, & I still have it!)


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  5. What a fabulous post Kia. That dome was one of my moments of awe when I was studying art history and your fairy is adorable.

  6. Great inchies, and lots of information.

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  8. thanks for the lesson, I love learning thing about history. I love both the dome; because i love architectural design; and the fairy, because i can not draw as good as you and she looks glittery!

  9. Nice post. I enjoyed reading it and looking at your wonderful inchies too.

  10. Very nice inchie and bbrilliant post. Not easy to put all this on an inche square.