The moral fanatic and religious fundamentalist, Giralamo Savonarola, inhibited the development of the Renaissance in Florence and brought the city back into the Middle Ages.
Through scholarly research of Florentine politics and daily life during the rule of the Medici, it is affirmed that Giralamo Savonarola used religion and fear to inhibit the progression of the Renaissance in Florence.
Religion provides hope for those who are hopeless. It aims to welcome those who are alienated and feel that their life has no purpose. Religion served the same function in the Middle Ages and Renaissance as it does today. However, religion was embraced more during the Middle Ages by desperate …show more content…
Lorenzo and his humanist circle had a great influence on artist in patronized including Botticelli. During the Middle Ages, the church commissioned most of the art being produced which limited the subject matter and censorship. Now, however, the Medici were the chief patrons using art as a political declaration rather than a religious idea. Commissioned by the Medici, Donatello’s David was the first free-standing nude sculpture completed since antiquity (Gilmore 83). The work symbolized the shift of the arts from the church to the political forum. As art and learning thrived, morals and grace declined in the eyes of the church. Many religious traditionalist viewed Florence as an evil and godless city. These fundamentalists eagerly waited for a great reformed to restore Florence to a religious city.
PREACHER AND REFORMER Giralamo Savonarola was born in Ferrara in 1452. He was brought to Florence by Lorenzo after Pico della Mirandola encouraged him to bring Savonarola to the city. In Ferrara, Savonarola was a traditionalist and a moralist and renowned as a preacher and a prophet. Upon his arrival, Savonarola did not intend on reforming the city and returning it to a religious centered state. Yet, after witnessing the atrocities of Florence, he became a reformer and an outspoken enemy of the Medici family. Savonarola believed with a passionate conviction that God ruled the world and he personally felt responsible to turn people away from sin towards God.
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After returning to Rome, Michelangelo heard about a sculpture that two other artists could not complete because of its difficulty. Because of his success with ‘‘La Pieta,’’ Michelangelo decides to take over the job. He created ‘‘David’’ in 1501 and four years later the sculpture was placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Michelangelo’s intention was to portray ‘‘David’’as the perfect and ideal man. Michelangelo took three years to sculpt this 17 feet sculpture, and ‘‘David’’ quickly became the pride of Florence.
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What was the Renaissance and why did it happen? Italian life in the 14th and 15th centuries was lived among the vast ruins of the ancient Roman Empire. The cruelty and barbarism of Rome
1. Discuss Jacob Burkhardt’s interpretation of the Renaissance. What criticisms have been leveled against it? How would you define renaissance in the context of fifteenth and sixteenth-century Italy?
* Cosimo’s grandson, Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruled Florence in a totalitarian fashion during the last quarter century of the fifteenth century
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The Italian Renaissance is best known for its cultural achievements credited to writers, poets, artists, sculptors, and “Renaissance Men” (or women!). Figures such as Petrarch (The “Father of Humanism”), Leonardo da Vinci (The ideal Renaissance Man known for the Mona Lisa, the Vitruvian Man, and many more creations!), Raphael (known for his painting, The School of Athens.), Dante Alleghri (known for his work, The Divine Comedy.), and
Religion plays a significant role in artworks produced in Renaissance Italy, particularly due to the fact that many of which are commissioned by the church or wealthy families for public spaces. But do we see an equal influence on artworks displayed in public spaces and private ones? In this essay, we seek to examine techniques of visual storytelling and the use of perspective in artworks from the Renaissance Italy and discuss the influence of religion on Renaissance Italian art in the public and private realm. To begin with, it is important to understand the mechanics behind the production of works during the period.
When the Renaissance began in Florence, there were a lot people who were wanting to separate from this medieval way of thinking that was not allowing any type of growth of the inner-self, and since medieval ideals were heavily based on
Florence, Italy is known as the “cradle of the Renaissance” (la culla del Rinascimento). It is a city full of beautiful architecture, art, and history. The Renaissance was a powerful cultural movement that not only shaped all aspects of Florentine life, but eventually the rest of Europe. Science, art, literature, philosophy, religion, architecture, and politics have seen heavy influences by this movement. The term Renaissance literally means “rebirth”: the rebirth of man and the rebirth of two important ancient cultures, Greek and Roman, which had been lost with the beginning of the Middle Ages in Western history. Florence was very prosperous during the late Middle Ages, next to Venice and Milan. It was the birthplace of many important thinkers, artists, architects, and political figures who led the Renaissance. Along with the birth of the philosophy of humanism, the rebirth of ancient Greek and Roman cultures were driven by a revived interest in ancient thought, the advances in literature, the emphasis of human-based ideals in the arts, and the influence of the papacy and the Holy Roman Empire upon the Florentine government.
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The second of five brothers, Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475, at Caprese, in Tuscany, to Ludovico di Leonardo de Buonarotto Simomi and Francesca Neri. His father worked for the Florentine government, and shortly after his birth, his family returned to Florence, the city Michelangelo would always consider his true home. His childhood was lacking in affection, and when he was six years old his mother passed, leaving him with just his father who didn’t initially approve of his interest in art as a career. At a young age his father recognized his intellectual potential and enrolled him in Francesco Galeota’s school, where he met a student of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio, who was an early Renaissance painter who was known his narrative
The focus of this investigation will be “The Medici family supported the artists of the Renaissance era by providing them financial support, throughout mentorship and because of the prevailing philosophy and humanism.” This investigation will focus on the background of the Medici family and how they supported artists of the Renaissances era. This investigation will use a primary source from an artist's work and a secondary source relating to the Medici family uprising.San Lorenzo (church). Medici chapel. Tomb of Lorenzo de' Medici which held Sculptures by Michelangelo and Adrien, De Roover Raymond. The Rise and Decline of the Medici Bank, 1397-1494. Norton Library, 2012.Both sources provide background to the Renaissance time period and how the Medic family treated artists with their power. The two sources are examples of how the Medicis changed the renaissance era through their money and power to pursue artists for their own benefit and for the time periods.
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During the fourteenth century Florence, Italy, flourished into a prominent commercial, educational, artistic hub that launched the birth of the Renaissance. Founded primarily on the rediscovery of classical texts and artifacts coupled with patronage of the powerful Medici family, the Renaissance revitalized Italian culture with a humanist outlook. Ideals from antiquity centered on the individual's intellectual potential were reexamined and expanded upon to promote the study of the liberal arts. As a result, tremendous innovations were made in the fields of mathematics, medicine, engineering, and the arts.