The Italian Renaissance Essay by Master Researcher

The Italian Renaissance
This paper highlights Asian and Muslim influences on the Italian Renaissance.
# 84864 | 675 words | 3 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in History (Asian) , History (European)

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The paper notes that the Italian Renaissance is often thought of in terms of humanism and landmark high art as it influenced the next chapters of European art history. This paper argues the importance of Muslim influence, notably in everyday and decorative items and arts that were most important to what happened in Italian centres whose material cultures were more Eastern than we might imagine.

From the Paper:

"The Italian Renaissance is often studied for its humanism and its famous paintings. Less time can be devoted to everyday practical items or the decorative arts, that were also shaped by diverse influences reaching Italy. Rosamond Mack wrote on Italian trade with Muslim societies that it brought much change to Renaissance ceramics, glass and textiles and again, noting the importance of what can be quite ordinary decorative articles. (2001) Islamic cultures were declining by the 15th century, by which time the arts in Italy were flourishing."

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