It is also the beginning of the modern history. Religion is a dominant culture in itself and also a set of beliefs that represent the social order but with the beginning of the renaissance, people started to examine the nature, instead of focused on religious issues .The church was not the center of attention anymore. With Renaissance there is a concept accrued which is based on human and their feelings, it is encouraged people to explore and be more creative than it used to be. The English renaissance is a cultural and artistic movement in England from the 16th century to the17th century. Renaissance arrived England long after due to detention of the printing press.
This new rise of educational facilities gave people the opportunity to become more educated, which opened new concepts of science, mathematics and other subjects. This could in turn create adverse thinking—those to which the church would be opposed to. In addition, Christians throughout the Middle Ages were very constant with their religion, especially by their constant attempt to win over Jerusalem with the Crusades and most likely convert those who they conquer. According to the textbook, “in the fourteenth century, medieval music underwent significant changes, including the rise of secular music along the church music” (411). This is perhaps pertaining to the start of the Renaissance, but it highlights that not only education was responsible for the new intellectual thinking, but music was becoming more common throughout the Middle Ages.
The Renaissance started in Italy in the 14th century and spread to northern Europe by the 16th century. During the Renaissance artists changed the way they painted and sculpted, they learned how to paint in all three dimensions, which brought life and realism to their works. Also, getting away from the religious roots of art created an entirely new type of art that was rich in drama and emotion. This was also the time period when painting with oils was started. In this paper I'm focusing mainly on Renaissance art work, since that was the assignment, but I feel it's important to also mention the other important parts of the Renaissance, architecture, science, politics and religion.
Michelangelo and Renaissance Religion Michelangelo Buonarroti lived in a time when the medieval aspects of Christianity were overwhelmed by the upheaval of the Reformation. His art portrays this change in religious philosophy by discerning the major trends and objectives of the Renaissance. "His works show us...the changing world around him" (Richmond 4). In addition, Michelangelo seriously impacted generations of artists to come. "The Renaissance was a rebirth that led to new ways of thinking in the sciences, philosophy, and architecture, as well as painting and sculpture" (Spence 6).
Eventually there were new thinkers like John Locke and Isaac Newton. These individuals were about reason, logic, and the scientific method. John Locke, as one example, is an enlightenment age thinker and his ideas influenced the Founding Fathers, the ideas of democracy, liberty and free will. The French Revolution is also important, a period of political upheaval that affected France in which s... ... middle of paper ... ...cause it shows the transformation from religious motivations of the Medievalists to earthly thinking by the modern day Europeans. Between 1450 and 1750, political, economic, and artistic changes affected Western Europe.
Works Cited Honawalt, Barbara A. “Gothic Architecture.” The Middle Ages An Illustrated History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Barber, Richard. “Gothic Architecture.” The Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe.
Gothic and Romanesque Cathedrals The Romanesque style transformed into the Gothic style during the Middle Ages. This happened for many reasons. The Romanesque period was a time of trial and error while the Gothic period was a time of advancements in inventions. Religion was an important factor in the shift between Romanesque and Gothic. The locations of the two types of cathedrals also contributed toward the change between Romanesque and Gothic, as well as the power of the relics and the community to raise funds for the Gothic cathedrals.
During the Middle Ages, the subject matter of almost all European art was religion, specifically that of Christianity and the Catholic Church. Although Renaissance artists continued to paint religious paintings, the art of this era diverged into other subjects, i... ... middle of paper ... ... paint. As patrons were willing to fund the arts, regardless of how controversial the subject matter. Many of these artists painted Greek myths, amongst other pagan topics, and generally experimented more; this set the precedent for art being more sensual and centered on secular life as opposed to the emphasis on the afterlife characteristic of medieval culture. The art then had become focused on inspiration and, as a result, the creators of the Renaissance constructed a procedural scaffolding that has remained with artists centuries after the period’s conclusion.
The difference between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is most visible through art and architecture, demonstrated specifically through an emphasis on religion or classical antiquity, and humanity. During the Middle Ages, art was more religious because it had a very religious influence from the church having such great power in the community. When the Renaissance started, art became more focused on ancient Greece. The Greek influence was because scholars were broadly studying the revival of classical antiquity. The architecture was affected in the same way because in the Middle Ages the style of the buildings was being influenced by religion.