Renaissance Art

Painting and the implementation of perspective.

Definition : Drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface giving the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.

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The School of Athens by Raphael, The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Early Renaissance Sculpture 1400-1500

Sculpture was reawakened by Donatello with his sculptures of Saint George, Saint Mark and David.
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Saint George, David, Saint Mark

High Renaissance Sculpture 1500-1525

Some of the most beautiful sculptures were created by Michelangelo including his Pieta, David and Moses

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Pieta, Moses, David

By: Keirann Aitken

Renaissance art was considered the "rebirth" of artistic culture and ancient traditions. It consisted of paintings, sculptures and decorative pieces and emerged distinctly in Italy in about 1400. At this point in time, philosophy, literature, music and science were also becoming more popular. The Renaissance Humanist philosophy spread throughout Europe, inspiring artists to develop new techniques and sensibilities toward their art. The elements of designs and the specific focus on perspective were very important to many renaissance painters. Other effects that were considered crucial to many artists were: forshortening (shortening lines to create depth), sfumato (blurring or softening of sharp outlines with gradual blending of one tone into another using thin glazes to give the illusion of depth and/or three-dimensionality) and chiaroscuro (strong contrast between light and dark to give the illusion of depth or three-dimensionality). (LA)