Similarities And Differences Of The Middle Ages And The Renaissance

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Register to read the introduction… The middle ages was an era of European history caused by a gradual decline in the Roman Empire. It was known as “the dark ages” when society declined, taking place between the 500s to the 1500s. The renaissance took place between the 1300s and 1600s and was the “rebirth” of society. The renaissance began after the wars and plagues when people wanted to celebrate life and the human spirit. This was a period of revival for art, writing, and learning. The main topics which show the similarities and differences between these periods are art and literature, religion, and …show more content…
The art of the middle ages was mostly religious, including many symbols of Christian concepts and values. There was no perspective art and it lacked things like details, shadowing, and colors. The art wasn’t very realistic, but it served a purpose. Renaissance art, on the other hand, was very realistic and more interesting. Things were portrayed as they looked using perspective. Art was more focused on the beauty of nature, and less on religion. There was more emphasis on individuals, showing their importance. The use of shadowing and many brighter colors also enhanced the art. Michelangelo Buonarroti, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael Sanzio, Sofonisba Anguissola, and Artemisia Gentileschi were the most famous artists of the Renaissance. Middle ages literature downplayed the brutality of knighthood and feudal warfare in the 1100s. Epic poems were popular, such as the famous “The Song of Roland”, as well as love poems and songs. Renaissance writers produced works that reflected their time. They used techniques like writing in the vernacular, or their native language. Renaissance writers wrote for self expression or to portray the individuality of their subjects. During the renaissance, Johann Gutenberg developed the printing press which could produce books quickly and cheaply. This caused ideas and religion to spread rapidly. Overall art and literature became much more advanced and creative over time from the

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