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Age of art

The Age Of Art.

 

 

Inspired by their classical heritage, Renaissance men found a new pride in human learning and creativity. A huge out pouring of creativity Art in fields as diverse as architecture and poetry, painting and science, sculpture and political theory began in the city states of the 14th century Italy. Within a century it was to transform European culture and Art. Another 400 years were to pass, however before the 19th century French historian Jules Michelet found a word to describe this movement. He called it the renaissance, or re-birth, because he saw it as a re-awakening of interest in the classical Art  of European culture after the ‘dark ages’ that followed the collapse of the Roman Empire. The study of texts from the classical world discovered in libraries in Europe was accelerated by the enthusiasm of Greek scholars fleeing from the Turks and bringing with them a tradition of learning that stretched back a thousand years. The lessons from the past, encouraged a fresh approach to all areas of knowledge, people began to take a pride in worldly achievement ,and architects, painter’s and sculptor’s began to be seen for the first time as artists rather than as merely talented crafts men. In Florence the painter Masaccio, the architect fillip Brunelleschi and the sculptor Donatello pioneered new styles at least partly inspired by the art of ancient Rome, particular by its surviving architecture and sculpture, rejecting the decorative gothic style of recent centuries, they created a way of depicting the world in a naturalistic way, aided by the newly discovered science of perspective. The giants, who succeeded them, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michael Angelo and Raphael, still looked for their inspiration to classical ideas of harmony, order and proportion. Their creations however went far beyond mere imitations of ancient roman or Greek art. By studying the human form and nature they sought nothing less than to capture in marble, on canvas and in print the essence of man and his world.