It is amazing how something that is recognized as an important center of European Medieval art is looked upon by most of the world as a place where you can snap a cool picture of yourself ‘leaning’ on the Tower of Pisa. A place detailed, yet decayed… a place with four monuments, yet recognized as one center… a place representing life, yet death. The aura surrounding this square makes me just want to sit on the grass and read or write or think. I just want the stony intricate building to envelop my train of thought and allow me to live in a world hundreds of years before. I want the world to appreciate art and to live in art and to see through art. I want the world to get off their useless, mind-numbing gadgets and look up at the sky, or …show more content…
The cathedral is absolutely stunning. But, I may view it differently than other people do. If you are Islamic or Atheist, you may not view it as wonderfully as a Catholic or a Christian would. You might even view it as ugly and unholy because that is what you were brought up to believe… but that doesn’t mean it is. This, again, applies with people too. Other’s opinions should not affect you. You should not let how other people
Kelly 2 perceive you ruin your self-esteem, or ruin how you feel about yourself. Your opinion of your own self should be the only one that gets a say in the matter. Have you ever stopped and thought about how people take into account what others will think about them with every move they make? It is quite upsetting. Then, as I envision myself sitting in the grass, I let my eyes drift over to the Baptistery and I begin to wonder about religion. I will admit I am very confused about this topic. It is not that I don’t believe in God and his teachings but it is not that I do either. How can curse words be bad? How can a mixture of letters that come out of one’s mouth be a sin? It doesn’t make sense to me. How can a person that does well all their life but does not believe in God be punished to dwell eternally in Hell? I get the fact that if you do not want to have God in your life on earth than why would you want to spend the rest of eternity with him,
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From the outside of the cathedral, I could see the scaffolding since it was going under construction. Even though the cathedral is beautiful on the inside, the outside does not do it justice. Approaching the cathedral, it is
The difference between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is most visible through art and architecture, demonstrated specifically through an emphasis on religion or classical antiquity, and humanity. During the Middle Ages, art was more religious because it had a very religious influence from the church having such great power in the community. When the Renaissance started, art became more focused on ancient Greece. The Greek influence was because scholars were broadly studying the revival of classical antiquity. The architecture was affected in the same way because in the Middle Ages the style of the buildings was being influenced by religion. The style in the Renaissance was being more influenced by ancient Greece.
“Stories about architecture are stories about people,” said David Macaulay, author of Cathedral (4). The intention of cathedrals was to draw people, and in turn inspire those who came to pray, learn, and worship (Macaulay, Cathedral 4). Cathedrals remain inspirational in their enormous scale and overpowering beauty, and that these places of worship are still standing after many centuries show a level of determination and integrity in those that built the edifices (Macaulay, Cathedral 4). Architect Vitruvius wrote, “All the buildings have two components: The building itself and an idea that its architecture tried to express” (McNamara 6). People build churches because they believed in something (McNamara 6). In David Macaulay’s book, Built to Last, he says the mindset behind building cathedrals was that of honor and dedication. Macaulay’s research noted that, “The new cathedral would be built to the glory of God, and it mattered little that it might take more than one hundred years to construct it” (Macaulay, Built to Last 98). However, there is more to cathedrals than just building something grand and beautiful to honor God. Churches and cathedrals were built to be packed with meaning (Taylor 1), and were used to illustrate key points of Christian teaching through the use of imagery (Taylor 5). Cathedrals were a place to immerse individuals in worship. Religious parents encourage their children to pray, take them to church and to religious events (Newberg and
The Chartres Cathedral was known as a popular pilgrimage because it serves as the most beautiful cathedral in France. It has the western architecture and the pointed arches, flying buttresses and so many stained glass rose windows and sculptures. This cathedral is recognized for its stained-glass windows. Direct light does not enter the building and that sends out an intense spiritual feeling. Light is only filtered thought the windows. “The interior of the Chartres cathedral is remarkable. The nave, wider that of any other cathedral in France (52
Buildings were demolished and new ones erected. The government’s goal was to refresh medieval Florence with the stylish atmosphere of Paris. The triumphal arch known as the Arcone was erected in 1895. Cafés and trattorias bordering the piazza attracted artists, writers and intellectuals. Today the square is still lined with these popular eating establishments, although elegant shops and art galleries have cropped up among them. The square has become a theater to musicians, street artists and strolling romantics. How thrilling that it was all right outside our door! Since our visit to Florence was just an overnight stay, our location could not have been better.
Arete is an ancient Greek term that describes a man’s effectiveness at reaching his full potential and quality of being best. The arete of something is the highest quality state it can reach. Using arete as a principle for living life means that you are focused on the quality of everything you do and experience. Take actions that focus on arete and avoid actions that lack arete. The Golden age is typically defined as a time of great prosperity and learning. Significant contributions by philosophers, scholars, and politicians created advancements in thought, art, technology, literature, and science. As a result, society experienced a period of great excellence and virtue that is still seen today. Art and architecture during the golden age emphasized the accomplishments of human beings. Although most art and architecture were meant to commemorate the gods, they were created in the image of people. Sculpting was a huge influence during this time, artists began to sculpt people in more relaxed postures with more defined features. The sculptures were meant to create lifelike images of near perfection like the statue of Zeus at Olympia and the statue of Athena at Parthenos. The architecture was intertwined with their art detailed and to perfection to the human eye. A big part of their architecture was the column that can be seen in more infrastructure, like the Parthenon. Three types
The Hagia Sophia is probably one of the most breathtaking buildings I have ever seen from its interior. It puts one at awe just from the pictures and is a testament to how these beliefs influenced architecture. I have said in my earlier papers that this
Art during the Italian Renaissance differed from art during the Middle Ages. The two have contrasting characteristics and concepts. To the people in the medieval world, religion was their life. Everything in daily life focused around the church and God (Modern World 164). Medieval culture influenced the arts; this was evident in the religious themes. During the Italian Renaissance, painters and other artists focused on the portrayal of a more humanistic way of life. Renaissance artists’ work portrayed realism with “lifelike human figures in their paintings” (Modern World 164). Renaissance artists wanted to express ancient Greek and Roman cultures in their work (Modern World 162). Italian Renaissance
The article Art and Religion by Daniel Grant is an interesting piece. Grant looks at how religious paintings and sculptures have changed significantly over time. Back in the Western world painting and sculpting religious subjects was a job, but in today's world fewer artist focus on biblical narratives. In today’s world it seems as through painters have to censor their work because it may “offend” someone or it might be “too religious”. Therefore because less people required or wanted religious paintings and sculptures, multiply “art ministries” have been opened. Art ministries are exhibition venues that display religious and spiritual dimensions.
The Renaissance time period was home to many new ideas in art. This includes new artists bringing forth ideas that had yet to be discovered and made popular. New themes and types of art were also being brought forward during this period.
The Medieval period also referred to as the Middle Ages was the period of time between the demise of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance era; this was the period from the 5th century to the 17th century in Europe. During this time, society conformed to the feudal system which was based on the hierarchy approach which upper class had control over the lower class. Included in this class structure were kings, lords, neighboring kings, peasants and church leaders.
many people will compare yourself with others or begrudge them. It makes you immersed oneself in foible. As a result, it will affect for the self-esteem
The Middle Ages spanned from 400 to 1400 A.D. During this period, often referred to as the Medieval Period, began after the fall of the Roman Empire. After Rome fell Europeans found that they no longer had a single state or government and they turned to the Catholic Church which soon became the most powerful institution of the era. Throughout the Medieval Period Kings, Queens and other leaders relied on their alliances with the church for much of their power.
The Arch is one of the most visited monuments in the world today. Campbell explains this when he says, “ St. Louis turned also to what became an architectural masterpiece to lure people downtown.” Campbell understands that while the Arch is known worldwide as an architectural masterpiece it has also attracted millions of people to downtown St. Louis. The Arch is also one of the tallest monuments in the world. Campbell understands this when he says, “ A person approaching it by car or plane cannot help but marvel at its size and elegance.” Campbell is showing that whenever someone sees the Arch they are in awe of how a monument, that big can support itself, and show elegance at the same time. Campbell shows how big the Arch actually