The Italian and Northern European Renaissance Term Paper by Nicky

The Italian and Northern European Renaissance
A look at the culture and the arts during the Italian and northern European Renaissance.
# 148994 | 823 words | 1 source | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2011 in Art (History) , History (European - 16th Century)

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The paper discusses the art and culture during the period known as the Renaissance in northern Europe and Italy. The paper then relates that while the Italian artists were interested primarily in the structure behind the appearances, the northern painters were intent on creating appearances themselves. The paper looks at Leonardo da Vinci's "The Virgin of the Rocks" in Renaissance Italy, and shows how it reflects all of the artistic integrity and beauty of the High Renaissance. The paper contrasts this to the northern European artist, Jan van Eyck, who created some of the most accurate and true renditions of man and his cultural environment ever put to canvas, such as his "Man in a Red Turban".

From the Paper:

"By the middle of the fifteenth century AD, following the social and religious repression of the Medieval and Gothic periods, all of Europe, from the northern regions of the Netherlands and southward into Italy, experienced a great renaissance in thought, culture and the arts, based mostly upon the development of humanism and the support of a number of wealthy and influential leaders and patrons. Under the sponsorship of local rulers, the cities of Florence and Rome became important cultural centers for the arts, symbolized by new interests in literature, the creation of artistic academies and the introduction of the printing press. Also at this time, a new age of navigation, discovery and exploration commenced, all of which paved the way for new ways of thinking, dressing, speaking and learning without the infringement of the church and its non-secular advocates.
"Between the years 1495 and 1527, a series of powerful popes created a new social and cultural renaissance in Italy by embellishing cities like Rome and Florence with great works of art and by inviting artists from all over Europe to literally transform the continent from a church-centered to a humanistic-centered society, where all men and women could live and think as they pleased without being persecuted by the church and its ancient dogma."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • de la Croix, Horst and Richard D. Tansey. (1990). Gardner's Art Through the Ages. 6th ed.New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Inc

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