The Renaissance Art

2010 Exploring the Renaissance – Question #1

During the time period of the renaissance, there were thousands of amazing works of art. Renaissance as an art form began in Florence, Italy around the start of the 15th century.   Depth perception, quality of light, religion (mostly catholic), architecture, perspective, color, imagery, realism, idealism, nudity, shadowing, paganism and myth were all major themes of art during the renaissance. ( Also very common at this time were sculptures and portraits. Portraits would be made of princes and important figures. These portraits were made to carefully examine the other person. ( Sculptures were also very creative and unique from any other period of time. Although they resembled the ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, they were sculptures that had passion and thought. The most well known sculptor of the time was Donatello who lived from 1386-1466. (
There were thousands of pieces of art from the Renaissance.   Eight significant pieces of art from the period of the renaissance in order of 1-8 are: ‘Moses’ by Michelangelo as seen in appendix 1.1 (Graham-Dixon, 196), ‘Birth of Venus’ by Sandro Botticelli seen in appendix 1.2 (Graham-Dixon, 150), ‘Federigo da Montefeltro’ by Piero Della Franchesca as seen in appendix 1.3 (Graham-Dixon, 127), ‘Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden’ by Masaccio as seen in appendix 1.4 (Michael Batterberry, 74), ‘Resurrection of the Dead’ by Luca Signorelli as seen in appendix 1.5 (Graham-Dixon, 175), ‘Self Portrait’ by Leonardo da Vinci as seen in appendix 1.6 (Graham-Dixon, 168), ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo da Vinci as seen in appendix 1.7 (Graham-Dixon, 167) and ‘David’ by Michelangelo as seen in appendix 1.8 (Graham-Dixon, 195).
The major themes of each individual picture are as follows: ‘Moses’ by Michelangelo (Graham-Dixon, 196) is a sculpture of the biblical figure Moses who along with...