The Horse And Rider Of The Renaissance

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The horse once dominated human environments, permeating all of society during the Renaissance. The popularity of this animal produced a unique and influential identity for the horse during this period, and this identity constituted several parts. With this multifaceted identity, the horse received new roles in human society. I am attempting to explain these roles of the horse and their effects on the horse and human. By first explaining the context of the horse and rider of the Renaissance, I set up a discussion of the specific changes the humans caused in the horse. The transformation of the horse included changes in identity and perception along with a rider. This new identity stressed a greater unity between horse and rider, and the reservation of this identity to the elite of society idealized the horse and rider. Whenever artists and writers depicted the horse and rider, their united identity associated with the most respected class in Renaissance society. This association caused the widespread veneration of the horse and rider. Since this new identity constituted multiple parts and perceptions, explaining each new part is essential to understanding the identity of the Renaissance horse. Then uniting these identities describes the varied expression and perception of the horse more clearly than leaving the parts isolated. Finally, I discuss the most important impact of the horse’s identity during the Renaissance and its implications. In this paper, I propose that the
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