Iwt1 Task One

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IWT1 Task One Tonya Myers Western Governors University IWT1 Task One The Middle Ages and the Renaissance periods have many similarities as well as differences socially and artistically. Both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance periods were filled with talented artists. These artists helped to create the future of the artistic world by pushing the social boundaries and creating new ways of expressing art. A1. Earlier Historical Art Period Middle Ages art was largely commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church. The church used works of art to teach spiritual truths, aid in meditation, and convert non-Christians (MindEdge 3.12). Citizens of the Middle Ages sought structure in the world around them. There was a strict social hierarchy in place during these times in Europe. Works of art was usually anonymous, artists frequently did not sign the art pieces (MindEdge 3.12). This was to give the greater glory to God and keep subjects in the social hierarchy. Education was for the elite. Individuals in positions that needed education such as scribes or priests were educated while peasants and common folk were not. Even those who received an education received only the education required to fulfill the needed position. Artists had little interest in showing things in realistic perspective. Middle Ages artwork usually had a flat, two-dimensional look and lacked perspective (Chaffey Classes 1998). Artists frequently used tempura paints and gold to illuminate paintings. A2. Later Historical Art Period The Renaissance period was filled with excitement and new discovery of many different avenues. During the Renaissance period, there was a renewal in classical learning. There was more emphasis on the individual person versus the whole group as seen in the Middle Ages. Artists and scientists alike had a vast interest in scientific inquiry. (MindEdge 3.14) Artwork began to
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