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My name is Isabel Horta. I’m from Southern California, and my family originates from Jalisco, Mexico. I’m currently studying in the nursing program to become a Registered Nurse. The nursing program requires a lot of dedication in time. My hobby is dancing! I have an enormous passion for the art of Hispanic dances. I spent many years involved in learning and teaching Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, and Cumbia. At Holy Names University I have been involved with the Nursing Club, Latinos Unidos, and the Book Selection Committee. I try my best to be a part of the HNU community between my busy schedule. Since my career is so demanding, I never thought studying abroad was a possibility. Thanks to the generosity to my donors and the Rome prize program, I get the privilege to go to ITALY! I’m very grateful for such charismatic people. I hope to take advantage of this trip to learn as most as possible, and it’ll be an experience spent with amazing people.

4 Responses to Isabel’s Page

  1. Isabel Horta says:

    What I studied in the Arts of Rome course that I look forward to viewing and analyzing in Italy:
    Mannerism
    Consider Parmigianino’s “Madonna with the Long Neck”: what features are typically characteristic of the Renaissance and what features represent Mannerism?

    One of the paintings by Parmigianino (Girolamo Francesco Mazzola) is titled Madonna and Christ with Angels (Madonna of the Long Neck). It dates back to 1534. This painting is a great example of the transition to Mannerism. Mannerism refers to a type of style, a kind of refined elegance that was not seen prior to the High Renaissance. It includes complex combinations of form and jarring color. Mannerist figures appear in artificial poses and gestures. Some features of the Renaissance are incorporating more light and color into paintings, and making the characters look as human as possible. As seen in the works of Giotto, Masaccio, and Da Vinci.
    This painting of Madonna of the long neck depicts some of the mannerist features. The first feature is elegance. Many times in history, elongated bodies are an example of elegance. This Madonna shows exactly that; her long neck and elongated body/torso make her look as if she would be 6 or 7 feet tall when standing. It makes her appear fine and elegant. This is also seen in the other characters in the painting. The child to the left is flashing his/her leg, and it is very long, thin, and white. Also, Christ has the same characteristics. The painting attempts to portray him as an infant, but because he is do long and thin he actually appears older (maybe 5 or 6 years old). All of the characteristics appear in artificial. Madonna and the character on the far left, specially, are in artificial poses. The child on the left twists his/her body and neck to an extreme. Madonna sits on the chair very lightly, but in reality she would be very heavy and would not sit so gently. All these features make the characters look artificial, and the style moves away from the humanistic Renaissance style.

    What do you think of the Mannerism? Do you like it? Why?

    I find the Mannerism style a little ironic. Prior to this, in the Renaissance era, Giotto, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Masaccio….etc worked very hard to humanize paintings. Michelangelo painted beautiful muscular bodies; Da Vinci painted human bodies to perfect proportions as well as other artists worked so hard to humanize paintings. Once Mannerism style influenced the artists, it seems like the art evolved in reverse. It seems that all the hard work the men in the high Renaissance achieved had been forgotten. Though, I must admit I do understand this change in the style of painting. Correggio and Parmigianino are two artists that contributed to the Mannerism period. Both these artists were influenced by Raphael and Michelangelo. Michelangelo was known for depicting very muscular human bodies. Theoretically, a muscular body such as the ones he painted could be possible in a person that was very tall/large and worked in heavy exercise, but most likely that wasn’t the case with the majority of the population. I can see how the two artist of the Mannerism period took from Michelangelo and Raphael and took these large full sized bodies and elongated them. The elongated figures make the human body styles no longer to be considered classical. Therefore, resulting with paintings such as the Madonna of the long neck.
    In the transition from High Renaissance to Mannerism, I may add that one aspect that was conserved was the combination of colors and use of dark and light shades. The use of these use of color and light and dark shades make the paintings look realistic and it adds shape (3 dimensional). Though I prefer the paintings of the High Renaissance to the paintings of the Mannerism period, I do have to add that art is never stable. There are always new concepts, new styles, and new materials being used. Artists’ learn from experienced painters (workshops) and they take these skills and incorporate their own styles. The style of the High Renaissance was not going to stay the same forever; eventually artists were going to try new things. This change in style to Mannerism only made me appreciate the High Renaissance more.

  2. Isabel Horta says:

    Did you notice anything different about this picture…? There aren’t any tourist, vendors, or Italians in this photo of the Pantheon. On the first free morning the group was given, Tere and I woke up at the crack of dawn to visit the Pantheon and Fontana di Trevi before there would be a swarm of people there. We were able to take beautiful pictures and even see the sunrise as we drank espresso’s from tiny tea cups. It really was worth the limited hours of sleep we were able to get the night before…. I love this picture!

  3. Isabel Horta says:

    Whoops! That last picture was huge… lets try that again

  4. Isabel Horta says:

    On the day we all arrived to Italy, most of the students were tired and hungry. We were taken to a small restaurant in Trestevere. I am a huge lover of spices and chiles. The spiciest thing I found on the menu under pizza was Pizza Diabola. It contained spicy salami. It became my favorite pizza, I looked for it at every pizza location I ate at.

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