The Renaissance And Its Influence On Classical Culture

1101 WordsOct 25, 20145 Pages
The renaissance began in Italy and spanned over 150 years, from the late 13th century to the early 17th century. It was a time of great invention and discovery. Renaissance means “rebirth” in French, as it was a rebirth of interest in classical culture. During this era the focus became more human centered, known as classical humanism. This was an occasion of great innovation, scientific discovery and creativity. During this period linear perspective began to be used in visual art to create an idea of space. It is said that Brunelleschi developed or began using linear perspective to give a realistic appearance in his work. During the renaissance the culture began to be more analytical and mathematical so realism and naturalism were very popular. Art during this phase was much more expressive with the natural gestures and positioning of the figures in a more believable three-dimensional space along with the use of chiaroscuro. The most widely used medium was fresco to adorn chapels and other commissioned works. Later oil on canvas became a popular choice. The use of oil paint opened up an extended palate of color. Also during this phase artists began to develop their own individual styles that defined their work, which was another characteristic of the renaissance. This was a time of greater power and wealth for the people and churches would often commission artists so much of the art reflected this. The style during this moment was to be monumental and reflect the
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