Whilst artists of the Renaissance and Reformation were oftentimes commissioned by popes and aristocrats and thus sought to depict overt, beautiful pictures of glory, and artists of the late 19th century received money from their followers and thus sought to depict society in its bleak truth, both attempted to influence their audience through messages found solely in art. The Renaissance period was in many ways a golden age for art. With the rise of the nation-state, rulers began to see the value of art as a powerful means of persuasion. Most artists received their commissions from aristocrats and popes attempting to intimidate, impress, and enchant their visitors, and from such an influence arose the baroque style of art: highly overt, colorful, and glorious. Artists such as Michelangelo, who received generous commissions from Pope Julius II, created such splendid, ethereal, and religious works as David and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel as a way to impress and captivate followers of the Catholic Church (and, undoubtedly, as a means to intimidate followers of the Protestant Reformation).
Art was a crucial aspect of expressing Renaissance ideas. Italian sculptors, painters, and architects in particular did a fantastic job of communicating Renaissance concepts in their artwork. Three of the most central humanistic beliefs during this period of time were the appreciation of the individual, the emphasis on the real rather than the abstract, and the imitation of past civilizations. The sculpture “David”, by Italian artist Michelangelo, is an excellent example of the humanistic emphasis on appreciating the individual and dignifying the human kind. Michelangelo depicts David as a strong, godlike figure, emphasizing the size of his hands and feet.
Michelangelo wanted to finish the painting, and he would have wanted to make the painting a little more enriching and have a bigger effect on people. The pope did, however, wanted Michelangelo to add colors and gold to the painting, but Michelangelo did hold his own this time. He told Julius that the men of the days, in which he resembled through his painting, did not obsess themselves with gold. This confrontation suggests that most of the time the relationships between the patrons and the artists is a healthy relationship. The artist has respect for the patron most of the time.
As a result, the painted surface was regarded as a window on the natural world, and it became the task of painters to portray this world in their art. Art suddenly is focused on te portrayal of realistic world, instead of the ideal world. Depiction on real life objects was focused, whereas Greek and Roman used ideal measurements to create art. Consequently, painters began to devote themselves more rigorously to the rendition of landscape of careful depiction of trees, flowers, plants, distant mountains, and cloud-filled skies. Renaissance painters also have great desire to recapture antiquity and its mythology.
These men were great artist and their art is greatly recognized today. The Mona Lisa for example is still very famous and people still argue who it actually was that da Vinci had painted. There are even fictional characters that were named after these men such as the TMNT which shows that they are still remembered in certain ways. England is also one of the countries that was greatly affected by the Renaissance. It is especially known for one of its greatest authors, William Shakespeare.
The Faces of Diego Rivera Diego Rivera was a great artist; critics compared him to the great Michelangelo a true Renaissance man. This comparison allows us to see what an accomplished artist he was and how significant his artwork was to the art world as well as the general public. Rivera’s artwork was very well known; his uniqueness separated him from other artist of his era even though he was known to have some links to communism. One of Diego Rivera’s finest work of art was The Flower Vender (Girl with Lilies) painted in 1941. The painting was painted in oil on Masonite.
His work involved altarpieces, religious works, and self-portraits. Some examples of his masterpieces are "Knight, Death, and the Devil" from 1513 and "St. Jerome in his Study" from 1514. Another art form during the Italian Renaissance was sculptures. A famous sculptor was Donatello who designed the sculpture of David. The sculpture was very realistic because it brought dramatic shapes to life.
He created two of the most respected pieces of art in human history, The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, both of which still maintain their credibility as masterpieces to this day. Da Vinci’s notebook also proved him to be a Renaissance man, he had many great ideas in various subjects including art, writing, anatomy and scientific design. Da Vinci’s notes show primitive ideas for inventions that wouldn’t be fully developed until centuries later. This flood of intelligence is what prevented a lot of his ideas from fully developing. Since da Vinci excelled in many subjects, he never had enough time in his life to completely focus on mastering one field in particular.
He focus on developing education and new invention so he started to support for new scientific and artistic advances and seek out best possible education or their children. b. Leonardo Da Vinci: He represents for the “Renaissance man” because he contributed his talent in many careers including painter, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer and inventor. His representative dedication: Drawing of a man, Mona Lisa, The Proportions of Man. c. Michelangelo: he is brilliant artist who sculpted: David statue and drew “The birth of Adam”, etc. d. Gutenberg: invented Printing Press; e. Petrarch: Important writer and poet who spread Humanism, the Renaissance.
Personally, mine has been drawing on a piece of paper with just a pencil and an eraser. I wouldn’t say that my definition of art has made me rethink of the definition; it has given me the opportunity to open my mind even more and see the bigger picture. It has shown me that there is more to art than meets the eye, to keep an open mind and try to see what the artist is trying to say. I will admit Da Vinci, Picasso and Kincade have been my favorite painters, Chihuly is now a favorite when it becomes to glass blowing. There are so many different artists to choose from to discuss about.