The Italian Renaissance Essay by Master Researcher

The Italian Renaissance
This paper explores the Italian Renaissance's Asian influences as opposed to Western or European.
# 90429 | 1,350 words | 3 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in History (Asian) , History (European)

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The paper examines how the Italian Renaissance is often discussed as the start of Modernism, which is regarded as a Western development. However, the paper explains that when the Italian Renaissance's arts are explored, they often show Asian and Islamic influences in forms, textiles, borrowed methods, pigments and styles. The paper refers to Rosamund Mack's volume and other articles to discuss Italian borrowings from Asia and Asia Minor. The paper provides a last note on just how 'Western' modernism is, as a movement through centuries that has European roots and carried on through the West.

From the Paper:

"Modernism is discussed as an European or Western phenomenon. Much stress is placed on the Italian Renaissance. However, one sees that this period had much Asian and Islamic influence. The weight put on Renaissance painting may detract notice of the Italian city-states as trading centres. Naturally, they knew many products and ideas from abroad. Muslim Influence in Italy: This section will give varied examples of art, products and methods that came from Asia Minor and East Asia, by way of the Silk Route or maritime trade to the East."

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