The Similarities And Characteristics Of The Renaissance And Neo-Classical Periods

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To many, the Renaissance and Neo-Classical periods are so similar that you couldn’t tell the difference. In this essay we will look at the similarities and differences as well as looking more closely at the ideals and characteristics of each movement.
In order to understand why these movements came about we must look at their precursors and their historical backgrounds and how they affected and were affected by the social circumstances of that time.
We will look more closely at Renaissance and Neoclassical furniture and furniture design using examples like the Savonarola Chair, Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘self-propelled car’ and a Writing Table and Marquetry commode from the Neoclassical period.

Renaissance

The Renaissance or “Re-Birth”
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An important change that occurred was the increased focus on man rather than God/s. The Renaissance held great importance with Realism, human emotion and scientific perfection in a quest to create a universal form of art and design (Encyclopedia of Art History, 2014).
Although based on the principles of Greek and Roman art and design, Renaissance did not replicate it, choosing to rather take it a step further.
There were various Renaissance movements that happened but it was Italian Renaissance that initiated them. Two of the more important and broader versions of it were ‘High Renaissance’- which used numerical ratios and geometric forms to emulate the styles without copying them- and ‘Late Renaissance’- which utilised classical elements but combined them in different, incorrect or odd ways (WordPress.com,

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