During tonight’s lecture, I was most fascinated by the comparison of the two pieces of art depicting the same scene of the Madonna and the Child. Looking at them placed side by side (as they are actually hung in the Uffizi in Florence, The contrast between them is astounding. It was definitely a very clever way to go about displaying them in order to teach the evolution of Renaissance paintings/art in general. I actually toured the Uffizi when I was studying in abroad in Florence last fall, and I would’ve definitely seen these paintings. However I probably wouldn’t have thought to stop observe about how different the two actually are, despite how similar they look at first glance. The more recently painted one really gives the viewer a whole different experience when looking at the painting; It sort of brings me into the story if I stare at it for long enough. In general, I found it cool to look at paintings we were shown in class in the context of mimesis and geometry, as it gave me a totally new perspective than I would’ve had if I were just admiring them in Florence. I wonder how planned out these paintings were, and where they would start when painting such a lively, realistic scene. Sort of unrelated- I liked the way she used the phrase “they were articulating their paintings” through the detail they put in.