Arts and Humanities Essay

956 Words Aug 31st, 2013 4 Pages
Historians of the 15th and 16th century used the term the “Middle Ages”. The culture at the time was similar to that of ancient Rome and Greece. But, differed from the time of the fall of Rome. The “Middle Ages” was later replaced by the Renaissance period. It was period of rebirth of ancient techniques and newly developed techniques that had major success in the art industry. Greco-Roman heritage and Byzantine examples inspired the artists. (Wikipedia, n.d.) This paper will discuss the relationship between Middle Age and Renaissance art periods.

The middle ages also known as the dark ages were a period of barbarism, ignorance, and superstition. (Wikipedia, n.d.) The period saw a decrease in prosperity, stability and population
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There were many differences between Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. The modest and non-complicated art of the middle Ages was followed by the monumental and sophisticated work of the Renaissance. The renaissance individual artist were able to celebrate their achievements and abilities. These artists were honored instead of it being a job like ion the Middle Ages. Middle Age religious and devotional theme was introduced with secular ones during the Renaissance. Middle Age art was viewed utilitarian and renaissance art was prestigious where competition between artists gave way to creativity and innovation. (Wikipedia, n.d.) Middle Age art lacked this competition since it was mainly used for religious purpose. Both periods did used ancient techniques and traditional tools and the art for religious instruction and devotion.

Greco-Roman heritage and the importing of Byzantine examples led to the adoption of renaissance art. (Wikipedia, n.d.) Ancient technique and new technique improved during the renaissance and led the way for creativity and innovation. When works from each period are examined the differences of new tradition and the features of the old like religion can be seen. Giotto di Bondone’s crucifixion is religious art from the late middle ages that has no depth and unnatural. Work from this time are flat with foreign supernatural backgrounds. Most of the art during this time represents

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