Renaissance Art

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Discussion: Chapter 16 - The Renaissance in Quattrocento Italy •What is the significance of Perugino’s Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter? Hey! This is cool! I LOVE Greco-Roman art history! First, I will step back in time with a history review. Rome’s art was influenced by the Greeks (they stole, pillaged, sold, and enslaved Greeks to make ‘their’ art. Rome was divided into the two separate empires, that of the East (Arcadius), and West (Honorius). The East was ‘only loosely connected… to the West, and ‘remained a cultural and political entity for a millennium’.The Wests’ ‘centralized government… disintegrated and gave way to warring kingdoms’. Therefore, the East retained the classical, while the West integrated their cultures. So this goes with what our book states: “…imitation and emulation were among the concepts Renaissance artists most valued.” Renaissance” means “rebirth”, (or reawakening/ resurgence), and that “rebirth” was in the classical style of (you guessed it) the Greeks (with credit also given to the Romans for the eventual reshaping via imitation and emulation of Greek art). *AKA Greco-Roman. The Italian Renaissance: 1400 through early 1500’s. The focus was both the mythical and the holy. During this time, the Medici family, with their wealth and privilege, brought art and philosophy to the marvel of what is known historically as The Renaissance period. The Renaissance was a time of a ‘rediscovery ‘of the arts and values of the ancient Greeks and Romans. As a direct consequence of this ‘rediscovery’ was a cultural advancement in sophistication, with its promising push for humanism. *Humanism: A cultural and intellectual movement of the Renaissance that emphasized secular concerns as a re... ... middle of paper ... ...eeped in hope, faith, belief, sacred significance (religion) as well as that of legend (mythology), and within lie the connection: Both are a belief in something unseen, trust Our Father did die on the cross for our sins, and acceptance/faith/ conviction of it as truth without any physical proof. However, ‘proof’ to believers could be a miracle of healing, recollections of coming back from the brink of death, a preacher’s/pope’s claims of hearing God talk to him, and so forth. Sources: Kleiner, Fred S. Gardner’s Art Through The Ages. 13th ed. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010.

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