Many individuals were gifted with artistic skill and creativity. I will talk about how the Mediterranean influenced the Northern Artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens, Simon Vouet and Anthony van Dyck. I will pick one famous piece of each and explain how they used Baroque or Italian features. Albrecht Dürer was born May 21, 1471 in the Franconian city of Nuremberg, one of the artistic and commercial centers in Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries. He was a painter, draftsman and writer but his greatest artistic impact was in the medium of printmaking.
Quattrocento also known as the Italian Renaissance was a pivotal time for individuals in the art world. Many artist were discovered and are still considered famous today. These pioneer artist displayed a presence of scientific, cultural and economics through christianity putting forth techniques and ideas that are still used currently.The most renowned 15th century frescoes would be The Sistine Chapel. It is a perfect example of linear perspective in Perugino's Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to Peter. Some of the most important collection of Renaissance painting would be that of Federico da Montefeltro who helped Urbino flourish in art and culture and commissioned perhaps the largest library in Italy with the paintings in Monefelto's court displaying the first theoretical treatise on perspective.
Over the course of history, many great individuals have come forth: thinkers, artists, scientists and leaders. Such men have often served as sources of inspiration for me. However, the man that comes to mind when asked to name a historical figure whose inspiration has had a profound effect on me is Leonardo da Vinci. Although renowned primarily as a painter, Leonardo da Vinci was very much a polymath, being skilled as a scientist, a mathematician, an engineer, an inventor, an anatomist and a writer. His versatility and wide scope of knowledge inspired me to develop the same in within myself.
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.
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.
Leonardo was an inventor and an innovator, always looking for a better way to do things. In addition, he was, one of the most influential painters of the High Renaissance. The key to understanding the revolutionary qualities of The Last Supper lies in the fact that, in the last quarter of the fifteenth century, Leonardo was engaged in creating an entirely new style of painting. He was involved in working out a solution to a problem that had confronted Florentine painters during the preceding century: the opposition "between a view which took the first function of art to be that of rationally and objectively describing physical
Two great timeless artists, Michelangelo and Leonardo, made their great masterpieces during this time. It would be absolutely incredible to be around these people and others of their time. The Middle Ages was a time in which people lived under highly formal rules and regulations. I do not like that the Churches governed the people and had a lot of authority. Religious freedom, a right I think everyone should possess, was almost always abridged.
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 left amazing art behind soon died of an unknown cause in 1488. Although he was a great painter, as a sculptor, it is accurate to say there were many beautiful works of his own in which it could be styled as Renaissance art. During his career, Verrocchio’s famous works include the “Equestrian Statue of Colleoni” and “Christ and Doubting Thomas”. In the bronze Colleoni statue, the style goes back to the Classical era of art but Verrocchio adds realism and expression. He is showing emotion in the horse and leadership of Bartolomeo Colleoni.
But it was the virtuoso handling of the medium on panel by van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden that represented a turning point in its eventual adoption as the major painting medium in Europe in the 16th Century. By then van Eyck had been credited by some to be the first to engage in this medium; although he had been incorrectly credited with the "invention" of oil painting it was his experimentations and development that was not in dispute, providing much inspiration for other artists in Northern Europe and Italy. He was to pass his knowledge to few, yet many were to study his work and replicate the beauty, character, luminosity and longevity of his paintings. Rogier van der Weyden was also a Flemish painter whom we can attribute his use of oil paint and the advancement of his technical abilities as major artistic achievements of the Renaissance period. Rogier was distinguished by his dynamic compositions stressing human acts and drama.