In my Humanities pursuit I have been task with being a cultural anthropologist in search of hidden time capsules from both The Renaissance and Age of Baroque periods. It has been rumored that there are artifacts from both periods such as art, music, architecture, philosphy, and literature that lie within these capsules. I hope to be able to unlock some of the myteries of these periods once we descover the were abouts of the time capsules. The Renaissance is described as the intellectual and economic changes that occurred in Europe from the 14th through the 16th centuries. "During the era Europe emerged from the economic stagnation of the Middle Ages and experienced a time of financial growth. Also, and perhaps most importantly, the Renaissance was an age in which artistic, social, scientific, and political thought turned in new directions."(Fiero, G. 2002) "The Age of Baroque (1600-1750) style used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur from sculpture, painting, literature, and music. The style started around 1600 in Rome, Italy and spread to most of Europe".( Wikipedia) After traveling the world and going on leads of the possible were abouts of the time capsules were have finally have what we think to be a lead to the time capsules that we have been looking for. During this time I had a lot of time to think of what could be possible hidden inside of the time capsules from both eras. I am going to give examples of what I think are rumered to be located inside the capsules from both eras. Art
Art is difficult or perhaps impossible to come up with a single definition that will include all forms of it. "Art requires creative perception both by the artist and by the audience, as well as the need to appeal to human emotions." From the Renaissance period I believe that Leonardo Da Vinci's His Last Supper would be a art piece that would have been preserved from the times. "Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal."(WebMuseum 2001) The second piece that I believe is in the time capsule is Michelangelo's The Creation of Man piece. "Michelangelo was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art."(WebMuseum 2001) Both of this pieces of art from the Renaissance period have impacted the societies of the past and present in the daily evolution of people. They have had a strong impact on the church and the people that fallow the religion. For the Age of Baroque period I believe that Caravaggio's The Inspiration of Saint Matthew would have bee a significant painting for the era to preserve from the time. "Caravaggio was an Italian painter that abandoned the rules that had guided a century of artists before him, and had idealized the human and religious experience". (WebMuseum 2001) The second piece that I believe eould be in the time capsule would be Jan Vermeer's Christ in the House of Mary & Martha. Both of this pieces of art from the Age of Baroque period have impacted the church of the past and present in the daily evolution. Music
Music is defined as entertainment, or other human activity which involves organized and audible sound. Music has been all around us for thousands of years, and has eithier moved us emotionaly or phisically pumped us up. For both the Renaissance and the Age of Baroque period being that this era happened before modern tecnology we would hope to find some type of musical sheets or notes that helped define the sounds that they listen to back then. From Leonel Power a composer of the late Medieval and early Renaissance eras, and Jean Mouton a French composer of the Renaissance; to the Age of Baroque period with composers such as Jacopo Peri an Italian composer and singer of the transitional period between the Renaissance and Baroque styles, and Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni a Italian composer. All of these composers played a vital role of establishing music sound in there era and in modern day. Architecture
Architecture is defined as a science of designing, and building of a structure. Architecture has been around for more than a thousand years. "During the Renaissance, architects trained as humanists helped raise the status of their profession from skilled laborer to artist." ( Wikipedia) They hoped to create structures that would appeal to both emotion and reason. Three figures in Renaissance architects were Filippo Brunelleschi, Leon Battista Alberti, and Andrea Palladio. We would hope to find within the time capsule a set of plans and notes on such marvels as Florence Cathedral, and other great structures that lead the way for the buildings of today. "In Baroque architecture, new emphasis was placed on bold massing, colonnades, domes, light-and-shade, painterly color effects, and the bold play of volume and void." ( Wikipedia) Such architects as Sir Christopher Wren "an English scientist and architect of the 17th century, most famous for his role in the re-building of London's churches after the Great Fire of London of 1666"( ( Wikipedia), and Nicholas Hawksmoor an British architect. From the past to the present it is a marvel how that was designed and built before modern technology was there to help them construct it. The marvel designs of the past have help in paving the way for the current designs for the future. With technology advancement it is making designing these new advance building much easier. Philosophy and Literature
Philosophy and Literature have been apart of history for thousands and thousands of years. "Great philosohers and writers such as Aristotle have played a hugh impact on the physics, poetry, zoology, logic, government, and biology fields in his early studies."( Wikipedia), and William Shakespeare an an English poet and playwright. The studies and literature of the past are still to his day helping our advance society more toward the future by analyzing the questions of the past. We hope to find books and memiors from such a great philosophers and great play writer of the time. From the Age of Baroque we hope that there are books or note from Thomas Carew an English poet, and that of Richard Crashaw another English poet. From the great Philosophers of the day that asked and challenged the times most complex questions, to the great writers of history. They have both played a hugh impact on our changing society all over the world.
In conclusion we hope to gain valuable information from the past periods of the Renaissance and that of the Ages of Baroque. With finding the time capsule we will gain valuable insight and unlock some of the myteries of the day and how they came up with solutions to there problems. With learning from the past we will be able to help us in the future with modern technology.
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Definition of Art, Fact Index.(2005) Retrieved December 31, 2005, Web site: http://www.fact-index.com/d/de/definition_of_art.html
Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. (2005) Retrieved December 31, 2005, Web site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baroque#Evolution_of_the_Baroque
WebMuseum, Paris, Leonardo Da Vinci(2001) January 1, 2006,
Web site: http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/vinci/