Renaissance Essay

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Compare and Contrast the Northern and Southern Renaissance The Northern and Southern Renaissance had a lot of similarities yet had their differences as well. They had similarities as in renaissance art, but their differences were mostly about humanism and social issues. The Northern Renaissance's humanism focused more on Christianity, on the other hand the Southern Renaissance focused more on bringing the glory of ancient Rome back. First, the Renaissance both had invented new technology in art. The two techniques employed by them were the use of light shadow and the use of perspective. Renaissance artists used perspective to give paintings depths, unlike the Middle Ages. Northern painted pictures of saints, deeply religious people or items to them. Southern painted about life. Some of the famous artists in the Renaissance were Masaccio (1401-1428), Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) and the greatest artist of all time was Michelangelo (1475- 1564). The main difference between the Northern and Southern Renaissance was humanism. The Southern Renaissance was more interested in bringing back the glory of ancient Rome, while Northern was Christian humanist. Meaning they focused on using the primary source texts to understand of the early Church and principles. They used classical texts to improve the modern Church and Christianity and society. The Northern Renaissance were not all about partying, eating, and drinking. The Southern were. They focused more on secular than religion. The Southern Renaissance realized that their days were numbered and that there were no guarantees in their already-tough lives. They cared a lot about worldly things such as fashion, art and wealth. The Northern Renaissance was more interested in religious, architecture and art. In conclusion, The Renaissance started in Italy because for several reasons.

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