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The Inspiration of the Renaissance
A discussion on the works of Renaissance artists, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello and Michelangelo.
# 152898 | 1,535 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 30, 2013 in Art (Artists) , Art (History)

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The paper relates that Renaissance thinkers and artists possessed a revitalized self-confidence that sparked their curiosity to know and understand all facets of life, including nature. The paper discusses the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, and Michelangelo, the reigning artists of their day, and shows how these men felt passionate about art and were committed to creating not just a piece of art but a living, breathing representation of life. The paper posits that the Renaissance represents an incredible movement in history, and these artists' ability to see more than what was there serves as an inspiration to all generations seeking to know more, be more and do more.

From the Paper:

"Italian minds at the cusp of the Renaissance were "too curious, too restless" (Frothingham 407) to be satisfied with creations of an abstract nature, according to Frothingham. The time had come for a new way of thinking and looking at how to create art. A significant aspect of learning was being open to nature. Since nature is very visual, it allows artists to consider their art in ways different than their predecessors did. While using art as a source of inspiration may seem natural, this was a new way of thinking for the Renaissance artists. Artists began to understand the power of observation and how it played into the creative process. Observation leads to understanding and understanding gives the artist another angle from which to create. Sculptor Donatello was an artist who understood this principle and incorporated it into his work. Donatello's specialization "enabled him to revive and exhaust every kind of sculpture" (Frothingham 407) and it would be "impossible to mention any technical process which did not owe its advance to him" (404). Donatello drew his inspiration from the Antique and nature" (410) His statue, Saint Mark is perhaps the best example of how he employed this technique and it demonstrates art as an organic process. This statue is lifelike and remarkably unlike from any others from previous eras. Donatello possessed a "powerful expressivity of his art made him the greatest sculptor of the early Renaissance" (Metropolitan Museum)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Craig, Albert M., et al. The Heritage of World Civilizations. Fifth Edition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 2000.
  • "Donatello." Metropolitan Museum of Art. Site Accessed 25 Oct. 2010. Web.
  • Frothingham, A. L., ed. American Journal of Archaeology. Vol. 1. Archaeological Institute of America, American School of Classical Studies in Rome. Baltimore. 1885. Print.
  • Gilbert, Creighton. History of Renaissance Art. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1973.
  • Keller, Harold. The High Renaissance in Italy. NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers. 1969.

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