Italian Renaissance Essay

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Italian Renaissance



The Italian renaissance was as the name implies the rebirth of painting. This does not
imply that all the advances of painting came from this period but that the masters learned
to combine new and old. The list of artist who contributed to the advancement in painting
during the renaissance is as diverse as the paintings.

The Black Death (bubonic and pneumonic plague) caused an actual decline in art from the
prosperity of the high Middle Ages. The plague killed almost a third of the people in
Europe and the renaissance was the first advancement in the arts after this terrible
devastation. The capital of the Tuscany region of Italy was Florence and this is where
many of the new renaissance artist were trained. The renaissance, broadly considered
covered the years between 1400 and 1600, although specialist do disagree on these dates.
During this period artist were no longer regarded as mere artisans, as they had been in
the past but were now considered independent personalities.

Masaccio made notable advances in the styles of paintings such as perspective, space, and
surrounding his subjects in light and air. The next great step was in the mellowness and
richness of colors used by Bellini. The complex strokes of color make the surrounding
light and air almost inseparable from the figures. Bellini was a great artist and teacher
who brought Venetian art onto the scene to the point that it was at the forefront of the
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