Today I will be discussing how Francois Clouet’s painting reflects the culture and ideology of the renaissance era. The renaissance era came along with a resurgence of ideas or a more classical way of thinking, which I believe depicts this painting. I am going to defend my position by telling you what I think the ideology and culture of the renaissance era based on my background readings. First, I will start with the culture of renaissance and then finish with the ideology of the renaissance era.
Renaissance meaning “rebirth” started in the 14th century and lasted through most of the 17th century. Most people called it a classical cultural movement, which sparked a more intellectual and natural way of expression. There was more interest in the human body and more importantly human emotion in the art that was created. Another point of view, as expressed by Rita Putatunda, is that: “The Renaissance period was a time of great cultural upheaval which had a profound effect on European intellectual development. Having its beginnings in Italy, by the 16th century, it had spread to the rest of Europe. Its influence was felt in various aspects of intellectual pursuits such as philosophy, literature, religion, science, politics, and, of course, art. The scholars of this period applied the humanist method in every field of study, and sought human emotion and realism in art. The inherent reason for the changes incorporated in artistic technique was a renewed interest in depicting nature in its natural beauty, as well as to resolve the fundamentals of aesthetics, the pinnacles of which can be seen in the works of some of the best of Renaissance artists like Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519, regarded as the most versatile of geniuses of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo, 1475-1564, a Florentine sculptor, painter and architect, and Raphael, 1483-1520, whose works embody the ideals of High Renaissance.” (Putatunda, Rita (N.D). Italian Culture: Renaissance Art and Artists....
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