Essay on Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment

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Discuss the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment along with the subsequent reaction as embodied by the Romantic movement. Give specific examples of how these movements affected the arts. What was their eventual impact on the western intellectual world.
The Scientific revolution and The Enlightenment period overlapped by a hundred years and were co-occurring between 1650-1750. The Scientific Revolution happening first and beginning around 1600, was a period of time when new ideas and tools were created and used to experiment with the physical world, occurring between 1600-1750. New methods increased learning capacities across the board and toward what was thought of as “human perfectibility”, old ideas were put through a new test of
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One of his oppositions was Thomas Hobbes who argued that people needed authoritarian rule and were selfish and evil. This was also the era that Women’s Rights and equality began to gain popularity.
Visual arts took on the rococo style during the Enlightenment period. Gardens of the rococo type (which were popular amongst the leisured elite) imitated those of Chinese gardens of the far east. Rose and pastel colors were popular throughout the era in paintings and decorations. Jean-Honore Fragonard was considered to be the highlight of all rococo artists, he created flirtatious and highly sexual paintings for the era. Neoclassical architecture was revived during this era, bringing about amazing pieces of work such as the Arch of Triumph in Paris (at the end of the period). Leonardo’s contribution reflects an excellent example of art and how it was affected by the scientific revolution in early modern science. The superior quality and complexity of his Oeuvre, Leonardo was recognized as an extraordinary artist already from the Renaissance. When scholars turned to his scientific research in modern times, they privileged his anatomical and botanical drawings, and invested heavily in the notion of ‘scientific naturalism’, which was partially supported by the artist’s professed emphasis on direct observation. Such a focus relegated to the background
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