Essay Art in the Italian Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance included some of the greatest artists we have ever seen from Leonard Da Vinci, to Michelangelo, and Raphael. The Renaissance took place from the late thirteenth to sixteenth centuries and is know as the ‘rebirth’. The idea that the rebirth of the arts after being asleep for a thousand years is an amazing thing to grasp. This time brought back light to liberal arts, which were on the brink of being extinct. (Murray 2) What is also interesting about art during this time was that most of the art had Christian in its roots, for example, Botticelli’s The Allegory of Spring (Faure 1) is said to have had a Christian interpretation. (Murray) “Every Italian artist, willingly took the title of architect, sculptor, and painter” (Faure 2). At the beginning of the fifteenth century, the Italian painters had asked the Flemish painters for their secret techniques because the Italians felt like the language of painting was one that was always meant for them. (Faure 4) The sculptors claimed their inspiration from ancient works. Lastly the Renaissance introduced idea of individualism, which helped the Italians get away from everything that was going on during that time. Art during the Renaissance included painting, sculpting and architecture, all of which were an important part in expressing the idea of individualism and making art what is is today.Fresco was one of the most popular works artists did during this time because it was fairly cheap and a lot of buildings, like churches had no windows and were just plain, concrete walls. Frescos helped soften up the walls by telling stories through the frescos. “Fresco was born of a close collaboration between the artist and the mason” (Faure 9). To paint a fresco, the artist…

…reat talents of artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and many more. We don’t see the type of art that was done during the Renaissance in today’s world. Art has given us the opportunity to almost go back in time, to see people’s emotions and feelings and how events happening in the world just by looking at an artists masterpiece.Works Cited

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Faure, Elie, and Walter Pach. History of art … De luxe ed. Garden City, N.Y.: Garden City Pub. Co., 1937. Print.Haughton, Neil. “Perceptions Of Beauty In Renaissance Art.” Journal Of Cosmetic Dermatology 3.4 (2004): 229-233. Academic Search Premier. Web. 30 Mar. 2012.”Leonardo Da Vinci – The complete works.” Leonardo Da Vinci – The complete works. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. .Murray, Peter, and Linda Murray. The art of the Renaissance. New York: Praeger, 1963. Print.


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