Renaissance Art and Styles Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

Renaissance Art and Styles
A review of three art pieces characteristic of the Renaissance style.
# 51472 | 866 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2004
Published on May 27, 2004 in Art (Artists) , Art (History)

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This paper looks at the Renaissance, a term used to describe the period of European history dating from the early 14th century to the late 16th century, predominantly in Italy. In particular, it examines the revival of the values and artistic styles of classical antiquity that is evidenced in many of the great works that were produced during that period. It discusses three of the most characteristic and highly popularized works of the Renaissance: Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus"; Michelangelo's "Sistine Chapel"; and Michelangelo's "David". It emphasizes the artist's intent, its impact on Renaissance culture, and why the works are considered a return to classical styles and values.

From the Paper:

"The Birth of Venus is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance, incorporating both classical and Christian values. Painted for the villa of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici at Castello between 1485 and 1486, The Birth of Venus was a revival of the classic Greek mythological goddess of Love. But there is a twist. Sandro Botticelli, was a student of Marsilio Ficino, head of the Platonic Academy. One of the focuses of Neo-Platonism was beauty and divine (Christian) love. Sandro Botticelli combined divine love (Venus was made to be the Virgin Mary) and beauty with the Classical Theme of Venus The Goddess of Love, to produce one of the most beloved works of the early Renaissance."

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