Middle Ages vs Renaissance

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Life during the middle ages (1066-1485) was dictated by how much money you had. Were you a noble? Or were you a peasant. Your quality of life was in direct proportion to your status. Lords of the Noble class ruled territories, also known as villages. These villages mainly consisted of one room houses, with maybe a church and a blacksmith shop. Peasants or serfs lived in these villages and worked under said Lord. Daily life was all about survival. The days were spent planting and growing food, harvesting the crop, sewing clothes, and making any supplies that were needed to survive. Trading between different villages was something that was only done as a last resort. People in each village worked together to make their own village…show more content…
Freedom of expression was definitely not on the agenda during the middle ages. It was considered a way to enhance the scripture and help to teach it. Many were illustrated manuscripts as the printing press had not been invented yet. No sculptures were commissioned for fear of them being viewed as an idol. No individual portraits were allowed for the same reason. Color tones of paintings were muted, and simple as was the dimensions of a painting. They all seemed to be like you were looking at them straight on, one dimensional, and the faces were of a somber expression. Architecture of the churches was based on the way people worshiped. Emperor Constantine commissioned the building of large churches to accommodate the large crowds of mass Christian worship. This is where the basilica type came about. It was a large rectangular building with a large center aisle known as the Nave. As the middle ages progressed, the needs of the church evolved as did the architecture. In what was called the Romanesque Architecture they began building churches in the shape of a cross with wide aisles. The roof was made of stone, because earlier roofs of wood had been prone to fire. Because the walls had to be so strong to support the roof, there was very little light, adding to the somberness of church. The darkness would not be overcome until the Gothic era of architecture. At the end of the middle ages, Gothic Architecture came to life.
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