French Renaissance Architecture Persuasive Essay by ABCs

French Renaissance Architecture
A discussion of the style of architecture during the French Renaissance.
# 114427 | 2,046 words | 10 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jun 09, 2009 in Architecture (European) , Art (General)

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This paper refers to French architectural examples such as the Tuileries Palace, the famous Louvre courtyard, the Cathedral at Notre Dame and the Loire Valley and explores the degree to which such architectural examples are illustrative of the naturalist desires and impulses present during the Renaissance period. The paper goes on to dismiss the claim that mannerism could be considered the umbrella term for the architectural production of the French Renaissance and argues that it was the French gothic tradition and Italian Renaissance that would in fact have the most pervasive effect on the French structures of the succeeding artistic periods.

From the Paper:

"The Renaissance would be a convergence of social, economic and artistic forces in the middle centuries of the last millennium. A period of time which can be characterized by a refinement and mainstreaming of the classical artistic impulses which preceded it, the Renaissance is said to have largely initiated in parts of Italy such as Florence and Venice. Indeed, it would be in such contexts that many of the greatest works of modern European art would forged. During the time of the Italian renaissance, a torrent of artistic inspiration resulted in countless groundbreaking pieces of iconic imagery which would break the mold both technically and creatively. Particularly in terms of compositional depth, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti were giving symbolic life to many of the most intellectually agonized moments of the bible or drawing up emotionally compelling demonstrations of the human emotional condition. In works by such artists, the elements of provocative coloring and symbolic disposition help to distinguish the Renaissance as a period of great human expressiveness."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Brown, Elizabeth A. R. & Michael W. Cothren. 1986. The Twelfth Century Crusading Window of the Abbey of Saint-Denis. Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Vol. 49.
  • Crosby, Summer McK. 1970. The West Portals of Saint-Denis and the Saint-Denis Style. Gesta, Vol. 9, No 2.
  • Cupola Consulting. (1998) Renaissance and Mannerist Architecture. Cupola. Online at
  • Davis, Michael T. Mar. 1998. Splendor and Peril: The Cathedral of Paris, 1290-1350. The Art Bulletin, Vol. 80, No. 1.

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