A history of the italian renaissance and its arts

Expansion and Decline Over the course of the 15th and 16th centuries, the spirit of the Renaissance spread throughout Italy and into France, northern Europe and Spain. One of the most significant painters of Northern Italy was Andrea Mantegnawho decorated the interior of a room, the Camera degli Sposi for his patron Ludovico Gonzagasetting portraits of the family and court into an illusionistic architectural space.

Italian Renaissance Art (1400–1600)

Francis of Assisi had rejected the formal Scholasticism of the prevailing Christian theology and gone out among the poor praising the beauties and spiritual value of nature.

I find this a good time to make or reiterate the point that societies construct different ideas about gender, social roles, ideals of beauty, etc. Though even in this respect Florentine science was not without its influence. He differed from Leonardo, however, in his prodigious output, his even temperament, and his preference for Classical harmony and clarity.

By this time, patrons and art collectors had become savvy connoisseurs and looked to collect new artworks that demonstrated their erudite taste, artistic knowledge, and religious understanding.

Renaissance Art

The great poet Dante lived at about the same time as Giotto, and his poetry shows a similar concern with inward experience and the subtle shades and variations of human nature. Thus, while northern Italy was not richer in resources than many other parts of Europe, the level of development, stimulated by trade, allowed it to prosper.

The fact that he revived the lost-wax bronze technique was also very innovative for the time and enhances the sensuality of his surface texture. With less anatomical subtlety but with greater emphasis on outward bulges and striations of muscle and sinew, he too aimed at dynamic effects of movement, obtaining them by sudden explosions of gesture.

The distance of the Renaissance from the inexpressive calm of the classical period as represented by statues of Venus or Apollo, resides in this difference of spirit or intention even if unconsciously revealed.

Pope Julius II reigned —13 chose Bramante to be papal architect, and together they devised a plan to replace the 4th-century Old St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the StigmataSt. Art in Italy was properly strengthened and refined during Roman times. A particularly interesting detail is found in the figure of St.

Italian Renaissance

This is not to say, however, that it lacked innovation. Oil painting during the Renaissance can be traced back even further, however, to the Flemish painter Jan van Eyck diedwho painted a masterful altarpiece in the cathedral at Ghent c.

In this respect, the great architect Filippo Brunelleschi was a leader in his researches in Rome. Nicholas, tempera on wood by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, c.After the Renaissance period, and the artistic movement known as Mannerism, the beginning of the seventeenth century saw the dawn of the Baroque era.

The artists Caravaggio and Peter Paul Rubens feature here as examples of the Baroque style, highlighting the influences from their Italian and Northern predecessors on their work. Modern art in Italy Italian sculptors, painters, architects and artists had been dominating the art scene in Europe for years continuously initiating new eras with their achievements.

However, with the rise of nationalism and the unification of Italy, this primacy ended abruptly. In short, the main contribution of the Italian Renaissance to the history of art, lay in its promotion of classical Greek values.

As a result, Western painting and. High Renaissance: The period in art history denoting the apogee of the visual arts in the Italian Renaissance. The High Renaissance period is traditionally thought to have begun in the s—with Leonardo’s fresco of The Last Supper in Milan and the death of Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence—and to have ended inwith the Sack of Rome.

The Renaissance (a word which literally means "born anew") is a name we've given to a period in Western history during which the arts - so important in Classic cultures - were revived. The arts had quite a difficult time remaining important during the Middle Ages, given all of the territorial struggles that were occurring throughout Europe.

"History of Italian Renaissance Art," Seventh Edition, brings you an updated understanding of this pivotal period as it incorporates new research and current art historical thinking, while also maintaining the integrity of the story that Frederick Hartt first told so enthusiastically many years ago/5(47).

A history of the italian renaissance and its arts
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