Renaissance Art Period

The Renaissance is a period of time in Europe, especially in Italy, where music, literature, and science had a style that was very distinct. The time period was sometime in the 1400s. It is seen by many as an ancient tradition that was very noble.

The style had a sense of tranquillity that was classical as well as scientific. Along with renaissance humanist philosophy, this art form began spreading all over Europe instead of being restricted to Italy. It was also an indicator when the changes started happening in the medieval period as the modern age ushered in.

The word renaissance means rebirth in French. This is because this period of time was seen by scholars as the age where classical ideas were combined with a sense of awareness of the nature around them. All of this can also be seen in medieval times as well, but they became more profound and dominant in the 15th and 16th century Italy.

Not only was art influenced but also the field of literature, theology, philosophy, and government among others. It is also believed that this is the most accurate depiction of man in history.

This period also witnessed many artists that would later go down in history as some of the greatest to ever have lived. Let us look at some facts.

1. Dissection

Since artists were obsessed with accuracy, dissection of bodies was a common occurrence as this enabled them to learn as much as they can about anatomy. Artists such as Leonardo and Michelangelo studied anatomy through dissection, but their ethicality comes under question when the fact that only physicians had permission to dissect bodies is highlighted.

2. Contradiction

Although the techniques such as foreshortening and linear perspective were developed in paintings were made so that they looked as real as it can, the standards of beauty rose to the point where the perfect nature of these paintings didn’t accurately depict how people were at that time.


3. Leonardo and Raphael

After arriving in Florence, Italy, Raphael soon realized that his painting techniques weren’t quite as modern. Hence, he changed this by studying the artists that were there. One particular person that he studied very closely was Leonardo da Vinci.

4. The Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo, the painter of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, preferred sculpting. Although he had painters that could’ve helped him, he did it all by himself in a span of four years. He painted nearly 1000 sq meters.

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