Drawing During the Renaissance

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Drawing during the Renaissance was used as a multi-purpose tool that assisted in the artists' creative process and individuality. Before the Renaissance period, drawings were used for story telling or other primitive examples of art. As history progresses into the 15th century, artists began using the methods of drawing to spontaneously express their creativity. What made drawing unique throughout Renaissance history is that they were never commissioned pieces; rather, they were used for personal collection and private eyes instead of being viewed by the public. These collections often included observations of the natural world b going out and studying how nature functioned. Leonardo da Vinci is a primary example for the use of drawing to develop his understanding of nature. Once he was able to understand these concepts of drawing and nature, he was able to apply it to later works in other mediums. Drawing served as a stepping stone to creating artwork later on in artists' careers. But like any artist, they had to start somewhere, where better place to start than with the fundamentals. Painting, sculpture, and architecture all branch off from the fundamental skill of drawing. Ranging from many different mediums and materials, drawing became spontaneous and allowed for creativity for one’s self rather than for a patron. It became a two-dimensional window into a three-dimensional world that the artist envisioned (Hill, 330). Being able to look at sketches done by Renaissance artists allows us to get a glimpse of what they were thinking when trying to understand their subject. Drawing was, and still is, a cheap and resourceful method of exploring different options when trying to settle on one idea. Leonardo da Vinci, as well as oth... ... middle of paper ... ... shadows. The drawing essentially creates a story, which the artist then has to work with to tell the story in the best way. By a story, it could mean anything, from a simple portrait like van Eyck’s, or something more elaborate like da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi, which depicts multiple figures and has more of a story. Regardless, the artists took the fundamentals they learned from drawing, applied the theories of how nature works to other medium, which in turn reflected their unique styles as artists. Works Cited Hill, Jonathan. "Drawing research." Journal of Architecture 11.3 (2006): 329-333. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 23 Feb. 2011. Bambach, Carmen. "Renaissance Drawings: Material and Function". In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/drwg/hd_drwg.htm (October 2002)
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