Northern/Italian Renaissance

Northern Vs. Italian Renaissance Art
The characteristics of art that seem the most prevalent during the
Renaissance are Classical Revival (going back to Greek and Roman times
for subject matter and inspiration), Humanism (the idea that humans are
focus), Window of Nature (the idea of including nature in the pieces),
Syncretism (including Greek and Roman mythology and/or characteristics
in Renaissance art), Cult of Beauty (Plato’s notion of ideal beauty and
love), Empiricism (making the work look as real as possible),
Individualism (individuals are important, and become a focus of art),
and Idealism (humans and religious figures are painted in their most
ideal form). Raphael’s fresco The School of Athens and Brueghel’s oil
painting The Wedding Dance. Although both pieces contain the
characterizing elements of Renaissance art, they are different in many
Raphael’s fresco stands 26 feet by 18 feet and is a model of Italian
Renaissance art, containing obvious examples of each of the components
of Renaissance art. The School of Athens is a prime model of the
Classic Revival. The school portrayed is a school of philosophy in
ancient Athens. The people are wearing Greek loose fitting robes for
their garments. The architecture of the building is primarily Greek
with the columns and arches representing those of the times of
Aristotle and Plato, whom are also represented. Humanism and
Individualism can be seen in the fresco because humans are the subjects
of the painting. Individual people are the focus of the piece, and each
has been given their own personality and identity. Raphael has done a
phenomenal job depicting each person’s facial expression and body
movement. The Window of Nature is evident (although not as prevalent as
in other works of this time period) in the background of the work in
the clouds painted over the heads of Aristotle and Plato. Raphael h…


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