Antonio Pisanello By: Caroline rankins

Antonio Pisanello was one of the many famous artists of the Renaissance time. He was born in 1395 in a town named Pisa Circa and died around 1455. His family consisted of merchants, which was what his father did as a profession. He liked to paint in fresco as well as on panel. He bought a house in Verona in 1422. One of his many patrons was Filippo Maria Visconti, the duke of Milan during the 1420s. He makes vivid sketches that capture "a moment of animated movement to detailed, static studies of form" (John Graham Pollard, Renaissance Medals. The National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue, 2 vols). He drew many famous pieces like Saint George and The Princess (1438) and Madonna of the Quail (1420). He was mostly a painter, sculptor and medalist but on the side, he would work at the courts of the Malatesta at Remini and Cesena. He did not have a proper education other than his father and mother. He spent most of his life with his wife, Marian of Aragon, in different parts of Italy.

My photo that I added to my spark was Madonna of the Quail. This painting was created in 1420. You would be able to see this painting at Castelvecchio Museum in Verona until it was stolen in 2015. This piece is so significant because it depicts how Mary (Madonna) is Godly as well as Baby Jesus in her arms because they both have halos. There are angels flying in the background which symbolizes how Godly these people really are. The colors expressed in the back shows how heavenly these gardens are. I find this picture interesting because other famous artists have painted scenes like this with Madonna and Baby Jesus but this one stands out because it shows that Madonna and Baby Jesus are Gods in some sorts while other paintings show how they are humans with backgrounds of earthly things. In Madonna of the Quails, it shows in the background that they are more Godly and Heavenly then they are human because of the gold and angels behind them. This artist used humanism in his painting techniques. Humanism is shown because the mother (Madonna) is showing motherly, loving affection toward Baby Jesus.


Pollard, John Graham. "National Gallery of Art." Artist Info. The National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue, n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2016.


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