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History Of Renaissance Art

  • Renaissance art is the painting, sculpture and decorative arts of the period of European history, emerging as a distinct style in Italy in about 1400, in parallel with developments which occurred in philosophy, literature, music, and science.
  • Throughout history, no art movement has had an impact as profound as Italian Renaissance art.
  • The rebirth of classical antiquity and Renaissance humanism also resulted in many Mythological and history paintings.
  • Frederick Hartt, History of Italian Renaissance Art, Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, Seventh Edition, Pearson, 2010 (or previous editions).
  • The Renaissance is a period in Europe, from the 14th to the 17th century, regarded as the cultural bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history.
  • Gene Brucker, Renaissance Florence, University of California Press, 1983. (Excellent history of Renaissance Florence.)
  • It wasn't until the 1400s that Renaissance art, as we know it today really, became prominent, first in the Netherlands, thanks to artists like Jan and Hubert van Eyck, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes and other notable paintings.
  • Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Renaissance Art History - Painting.
  • In his book, "Renaissance’, Andrew Graham- Dixon commented that, "religion was one of the great driving forces behind Renaissance Art" and it is clear that this change was partly due to the influence of this new breed of preacher and the influx of artists ready and able to portray the holy story in a way that would resonate with the congregation.

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