The Last Supper
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| Author: Alicia Grover
The Last Supper
After the Black Death swept through Europe, killing off a third of its population by the end of the fourteenth century, people were ready for a change. Very slowly new ideas and beliefs concerning the purpose of life began to spread from Florence Italy. During the Renaissance, there was an explosion of new ideas, philosophies, and art work of the new era. These new ideas had a new effect on these artwork, literature, and ways of thoughts. Leonardo Da Vinci played a major role on his new ideas and paintings during the Renaissance Period. In this paper I will be analyzing “The Last Supper,” by Leonardo Da Vinci. The Renaissance is defined as "The humanistic revival of classical art, architecture, literature, and learning that originated in Italy in the 14th century and later spread throughout Europe." (Conservapedia, 2009)The Renaissance movement lasted roughly from the 14th to 17th centuries. Beginning in Italy, this important art movement spread quickly throughout all of Western Europe. (Conservapedia, 2009) Historians believe that the humanist mentality stood at a point midway between medieval supernaturalism and the modern scientific and critical attitude. Medievalists see humanism as the terminal product of the “Middle Ages.” (Grendler, 2006) Humanism is considered a philosophy, not a religion. Humanism began as the conservative drift away from medieval Christianity and ended in bold independence of the medieval tradition. Humanism was based on the belief that life on Earth had a point of its own; a person did not have to live miserably on the path to heaven. (Grendler, 2006)Humanists believe that life was full of beauty, waiting to be...
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