The Italian Renaissance

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The Italian Renaissance

Throughout history many art movements have emerged that artists and styles are classified under. One large contributing movement over the time period from about 1450 to about 1600 was known as the Italian Renaissance. However, what a large portion of people do not realize is that the Italian Renaissance was actually two main movements during that period of time. Each movement had key artists and a variation in style from the other movements. These two movements in the Italian Renaissance have been named the Early and High Renaissance.

The Early Renaissance which took place from c.1450 to c.1495. During this period three key artist emerged from the group these being Sandro Botticelli and Donatello. Each in there owns field painting and sculpture respectively.

Botticelli had become know for his amazing "unnatural allegories and extensive elaborated history painting." This was key in the time period because the success of an artist was related to how well the artist could combine the present with the past. One of Botticelli's work that pushed him to the for front of his time was the "Punishment of Corah", which depicted Corah and the other rebels revolting against Moses and Aaron and the punishments that Corah and the other leaders of the rebel group receive from Yahweh (the Hebrew name for G-d).

Donatello is another great artist during this time even though his genre was different from Botticelli, however in his field he was the best during this period. Donatello would sculpt "thing in his own vivid and revolutionary way." Donatello was one that didn't care about lines or proportion he was one that worked directly with the material at hand. One of Donatello's first known sculpt...

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...most to be a single movement that was in fact two periods during the Renaissance known as the early and high periods. Each period had there own key artists that contributed to the movement. Thus, if there was only a Renaissance period then it is very possible that the artists that we know as some of the greats may not have been at the forefront of the time period and their skills and talents would have passed us by.


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