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Description of the painting Paolo Uccello “The Battle of San Romano”


Revival, as a direction of art, as a rule, glorified the past. With an eternal eye on the old masters, the new masters made the first uncertain tests of the brush, trying on themselves the classicism and academism left by their predecessors. There was no talk of either cubism or modernism. Even impressionism was still far from being born.

Taking the baton from those who were before them, the masters of the Renaissance also focused on the events of the past. It was unusual for them to portray the modern period. Plots of mythological, religious, narrating about old strife and old wars were preferred. If it came to modernity, then the brush of artists concerned, as a rule, the events of battle, victories or defeats. This was considered a serious enough reason to dirty the canvas with paints - emotions or a special vision of the world were not considered as such.

The Battle of San Romano was written almost twenty years after the battle itself, which took place thirty kilometers from Florence between the Florentines and the army of Siena. Historically, the victory is attributed to the Florentines, but the chronicles of Siena suggest otherwise.

The canvas shows the progress of the battle. People and horses mixed up, spears bristled, and horsemen overthrown on gray horses. The picture shows a turning point in the battle, when the leaders of the army of Siena were crushed and thrown to the ground - it is their horses that lie on their sides in the foreground, and horse riders of enemies follow them.

Collide two armies. Screams, noise, clanging iron.

There is nothing in the picture from the opinion of the artist - it was too early for such things, where consistency of proportions and historical accuracy were considered more important. It is impossible to say what Uccello himself thought about the war. He approved or condemned her, was afraid or, on the contrary, wished to take part in it.

Maximum depersonalization - no opinion whatsoever, except that the style - is characteristic of the early Renaissance.





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