Influence Of The Italian Renaissance On Art

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It could be debated, that the impact the Italian Renaissance had on art is possibly the largest throughout European history. Italian Renaissance painting can be divided into four periods: the Proto-Renaissance (1300–1400), the Early Renaissance (1400–1475), the High Renaissance (1475–1525), and Mannerism (1525–1600.The same themes that influenced philosophy and literature, as well as architecture and theology, can also being found in art. In painting, Giotto’s Trecento that began in late 13th century, was the earliest manifestation of what Renaissance art would be. It was during this period that the artists adopted a more “realistic” three dimensional style and focused more on expressing the individual personality in their artworks rather than an iconic image. Later 14th century art was suppressed by the plague and war, and its influences did not emerge again until the first years of the 15th century. In 1401, the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti (c. 1378-1455) won a major competition to design a new set of bronze doors for the Baptistery of the cathedral of Florence, beating out contemporaries such as the architect Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) and the young Donatello (c. 1386- 1466), who would later emerge as the master of early Renaissance sculpture.
Due to the prosperity of cities such as Florence, where it can be argued that the Renaissance began in the first place, particularly talented artists were often sought out by prosper individuals known as “patrons” ,who would…
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