Essay on The Art of the Renaissance

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Though the Renaissance era included all of Europe, Italy was the cradle of the movement. The cities of Florence, Rome and Venice were of great importance to this period. Major artists created art mainly in these three. As the center of Italy, Rome held the residence of the Pope and many other important factors. Throughout history, the Roman Catholic Church was very insistent on promoting their ideas. During this time, they used artists and their creativity to promote the Bible and other aspects of their beliefs. Artists were paid, or commissioned by patrons (often the Pope) to create art they wanted. One of the most ambitious patrons was Pope Julius II, who realized the impact visual images had on people’s ideas (Kleiner, 599).…show more content…
His inquisitiveness of the world around him proved his interest in the advancement of the arts.
Leonardo’s Mona Lisa is probably one of the most famous paintings for a couple different reasons. For one, Da Vinci painted it. He was a master of many subjects, and this was his. He started using landscape in the background, he had never wanted to sell it, and nobody knows who (or where) the woman is or fits in to history. Aside from the fact that she is beautiful, it is one of the small “art mysteries” that mystify observers and make the art famous, which makes it one of my favorite pieces by Da Vinci.

Chapter 22 displays different renditions of the last supper including Leonardo Da Vinci’s (22-4) and Tintoretto’s (22-48). A third one by Paolo Veronese originally bore the title The Last Supper, but was later retitled Christ in the House of Levi (22-49). All three paintings are unique in their own ways. Da Vinci’s and Paolo’s are both painted from the same aspect, whilst Tintoretto’s is from a completely different angle. Da Vinci’s light comes from the bottom of his painting and distributes itself throughout, Tintorettto focused his light on his subject’s
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