A Comparison of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

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A Comparison of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Throughout history, humans have done a good job of figuring things out. Whether it’s improving on a concept or learning from someone else’s mistakes, man has had a knack for taking ideas and growing them into new ones. This is evident when one looks into the humanities and investigates the changes and growth of art from one period to the next. Two periods that were sequential in time, the Medieval period and the Renaissance, show this to be true. Artists from both periods impacted their craft but it was the artists of the Renaissance who widened their scope for expressing art and truly created change for future generations. A1 After the fall of the mighty Roman Empire in 400A.D, a new period called the Medieval era or the “Dark Ages” lasted for approximately one thousand years. Many people in this time were scared for their safety, illiterate, and were in a constant state of searching for truth (MindEdge, Inc., 2014). That truth was in the form of religion they believed; Christianity, especially Catholicism, was sweeping Europe during this time. Religion had always had some influence in art but with the increasing popularity of the Christian faith, especially Catholicism, its influence had never been greater (Lane, 1998). Almost all the focus was on the church and the afterlife (MindEdge, Inc., 2014). Many artists of this time created art to “speak” to the people about biblical teachings because the majority of the population, even the ruling class, could not read. Since much of this art was religious in nature, it could usually be found in churches or cathedrals (MindEdge, Inc., 2014). The Middle Ages had multiple art styles over the thousand years but the most common art style was Byzantine. It got its start in the city known to be the capitol of the Roman Empire prior to the fall, Byzantium.
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