Saturday, February 26, 2005

Deanna's World: Reflections of the Renaissance

Deanna's World: Reflections of the Renaissance. Underlines the creativity of the Renaissance by including artwork, literature, historical facts, and specific biographical information. Featured artists include Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. You may wish to turn the sound off as the music gets annoying real fast.

From the site:

The Renaissance was an era of beautiful artwork and structures which flourished all over western Europe. Although it began in Italy where there was always a residue of classical-styled architecture, it might have been expected to appear first in Rome. During the 14th and early 15th centuries, however, Rome's political situation was very unfavorable for artistic endeavor, unlike that of Florence.

From Florence, the early Renaissance style spread gradually over Italy. It is noticeable that in the architecture of northern Italy, there was a greater interest in the depictions of pattern and colour. Colour was emphasized by the use of diverse marble inlays, as in the facade of the church of the Certosa di Pavia or in most Venetian architecture. The most popular building material of northern Italy was brick with terra-cotta trim and decoration, a combination of a pattern of light and dark, which was created over an entire building. When stone was used, the blocks were cut with facets forming a diamond pattern on the facade. This was actually a decorative treatment of rustication. Even the classical orders were affected by this decorative approach. Classical pilasters often had panels of candelabra and arabesque decoration in delicate relief on the surfaces of their shafts; the lower third of a column was frequently carved with relief sculpture.

After the creation of several impressive Roman structures, the early Renaissance was on its way to newer heights. The artists began to be more expressive and creative in their designs.
The early Renaissance in Rome was rapidly approaching the simplicity, monumentality, and massiveness of the High Renaissance of the early 16th century. It renounced the exploits of the Medieval master-mansions, and defined beauty as fidelity at the expense of all other considerations. Some of the most noted artists, architects, and sculptors of the High Renaissance include Donato Bramante, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

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