Early Renaissance Vs. Renaissance Architecture

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Early Renaissance architecture began in the early years from 1400-1500. During this era, classicism played a huge role in architectural ideas as well as religious, secularization, and humanist influences. This differed architecture from that time period to later mannerist architecture. Mannerism derived from late renaissance architecture and continued through the early Baroque era in the years 1520-1600. The influences that changed the views on early architecture were the Sack of Rome, the Copernican model of the universe, and the Protestant Reformation. The view in architecture during these two time periods were quite different yet contained similarities due to the emerging work that was inspired from early renaissance and into later mannerism.

“The spirit of their revolutionary painting, sculpture, and architecture arose from the new Renaissance worldview of humanism (and its accompanying condition of secularization), which celebrated rationality and individuality and mankind’s ability to make an act upon empirical observations of the physical world. Humanist scholars and artists recovered Classical Greek and Roman texts,including Vitruvius’s De architectura, and aspired to create a modern world rivaling that of the ancients.” (pg. 287)

Early Renaissance means rebirth, in this case rebirth of Greek and Roman culture. The traditional views of the Renaissance emerged as a result of the fall of Constantinople in 1453. If the fall of Constantinople would not have occurred,
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