Renaissance Values and Ideas Expressed in Art

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Renaissance Values and Ideas Expressed in Art

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After the Bubonic Plague, the people of Italy started questioning the church, and in doing that, they started the Renaissance. People of the Renaissance had many brilliant ideas and values which greatly affected the artwork of the time. In today’s society most people who are asked to name a great artist of all time reply with names such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael or Michelangelo. These people created their genius masterpieces during a time of growth and change in Europe known as the Renaissance. One thinks that the Renaissance came about when it did for many reasons such as changes in the church, and that affected people’s world views. Realism, humanism, and secularism are outcomes of these changes. The realism of the time focused in the some pieces of art helped in the making of a brilliant piece by Leonardo Da Vinci called The Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s David, an amazing statue which was based on the ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, otherwise known as the classics. Next, a secular piece of art was a painting entitled Peasant Wedding by Flemish painter, Pieter Bruegel. And lastly, the value of humanism is pictured in the painting School of Athens by Raphael. The first major value of the Renaissance was realism, which was often portrayed in paintings of an individual person. For example, the Mona Lisa is a marvelous example of realism. The focus of this painting was obviously the woman, who came to be known as Mona Lisa, even though some think that this was a portrait of Lisa Gherardini who married a wealthy merchant at age sixteen, named Francesco del Giocondo. (Modern World History 44) Realism paintings focused on the person and artists showed them as they really looked. This is an expression of the subject’s unique features and personality. Also, there was the statue of David by Michelangelo, which is a fantastic example of realism. He used a realistic style when depicting the human body, which is why the statue of David looks so lifelike,...

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