Revolutionary Renaissance Art

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The Renaissance: A Creative Change in Art

The Renaissance period -- that spanned roughly from the 14th century to the 17th century -- was a time for change and movement in society. The word Renaissance is derived from the Italian word “Rinascimento” meaning born again. During the Renaissance the arts went through a revolutionary change. This was depicted in their paintings and sculptures, the architecture of buildings and structures, and in their theatrical shows and music. These revolutionary changes continue to have impact on our society and modern art today.

The design and creation of our modern day sculptures and paintings all come from the revolutionary thinking of the artists during the Renaissance. Paintings were revolutionized from pre Renaissance by the addition of perspective giving depth to paintings making them come to life giving an almost realistic look. Giotto, known as the “father of the Renaissance”, was the first painter recorded to use approximate perspective to bring his paintings to life and to give them depth. This technique was also used by many other Renaissance painters. One painter was Leonardo da Vinci; he is famous for painting the Mona Lisa. Today the approximate perspective technique is still used and taught in art and history classes all over the world. The sculptors of the Renaissance were Brown 2

revolutionary as well. A good example of this is the symbolism shown in their work as well as the range of emotions carved into each piece. The most famous of these sculptors was Donatello. Emotion and symbolism is still shown with our modern sculptures and again is taught across the world. Both paintings and sculptures changed during the Renaissance period; demonstrating that the Renaissance period was a time of revolution in the arts.

The design and ideas of modern architecture are influenced by the revolutionary ideas of the Renaissance architects. Architecture was revolutionized first by Filippo Brunelleschi by...
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