Renaissance Art

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Myriads of characteristics defined the art and music of the Renaissance. It was a time of exploration in both canvas and composition. First and Foremost, the Renaissance was a time where thinkers began to question the church, as well as rediscovering the roman idals. The art of the time period is the best physical example of this change. Looking from Medieval art to the art produced in the Renaissance, there are definitely extreme visual differences that set the Renaissance artists apart from their predecessor. The art and sculptures had softer, more realistic human features, which looked almost picturesque and more pleasing to the eye. This is due to painters having improved oil paints, and sculptors, stone, which allowed the quality of the …show more content…
Art pieces now included more human and feminine, delicate, features, and were used to express entirely new feelings. Furthermore, composers of the Renaissance also broke the boundaries previously set by the church. Pieces became more complex, complete with a new style of melody called Polyphony. Polyphony is a song which contains more than one individual melody. This style was heavily used by Josquin and De Lasso, the ‘Mozart and Beethoven’ of their era. Yet another characteristic that was new to the Renaissance was how available art and music was to everyone.
The art and music of the time crossed class lines, country borders, and had a multitude of muses and inspirations. Initially, art and music were reserved entirely for church settings as well as the entertainment of the very wealthy. However, artists and composers developed a new sentiment for those below the ‘ideal’ class status. Not only did artists paint commoners, but they also began to make simple pieces available for their purchase in markets. Francesco Bassano became a well known
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During the 14th and 16th a period reawakening occured throughout Europe. It was a time of scientific exploration, and the rediscovery of theories and teachings of the Roman time period, named accordingly as the Renaissance. (Renaissance Art, Encyclopedia Britannica). During the Middle Ages, the teachings of the Catholic Church were considered the whole truth. However, in the mid 15th century people began to question their mortality as well as explore science and humanities. Artists especially showed these views in their art. Artists such as Da Vinci studied and dissected corpses in order to better understand the way the human body worked. His “Vitruvian Man” is considered one of the first accurate portrayals of the male anatomy in respect to movement. This same respect for anatomy is seen in Michelangelo’s Pieta, which is far more accurate than the medieval statues by the same name. Moreover, composers also changed their direction with music, straying from their entirely religious, prayerful background. Composers such as De Lasso created pieces that were more inspired by the relationship between man and God, rather than putting prayers to music. His music revolved more on the exploration of the purpose on man, his morality, and how one served God. On the other end of the spectrum, composers such as Landini began to write

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