Misc renaissance draft Essay

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The Renaissance
Would it not be nice if we could go back in time to experience the Renaissance for
ourselves? Being able to walk down the streets of Florence, Italy and experience this time
period that not only gave rebirth to old values and artistic ways of statement, but also
were a period of great individualism. (make this into a sentence…add a subject and a
verb to make it flow). Indeed, Renaissance was a period of great individualism based on
old traditional values.

The Renaissance had its start in Florence Italy and was inspired by the values of ancient
Greece and ancient Rome. During the Renaissance, people from various levels of society
began to study classical literature and art. Their studies were driven by pleasure and
interest in learning from the past. The individual could make a difference here, and more
attention was given to the development of an individual’s potential. These beliefs
made Renaissance a great period to live in, not only because it meant a new way of
understanding the world based on its history, but also because the people of the
Renaissance understood the importance of understanding one’s past in order to build
the future and make progress.

The word Renaissance means to give rebirth, and that was exactly what was happening in
this time period. People began to take a deeper interest in learning from the past
cultures of the Greek and Roman Empire. Many artists and thinkers found and gave rebirth
to old values and ideas, and used those for inspiration to produce their own material.

This same time period also meant that there was more focus on the individual, and how the
individual could shape his or her own destiny. People stood out as individuals and through
their own studies they produced works that contributed to the society at that time.

Many people made famous by history lived in the Renaissance period, including Christopher
Columbus -- an Italian-Spanish navigator whose voyages to the Caribbean Sea meant the
discovery of America, the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, who today is considered a master
of literature, Michelangelo -- an Italian artist who painted the Sistine Chapel, Leonardo
da Vinci -- artist and scientist whose works included the world famous painting Mona Lisa,
and Raphael -- another great artist from Italy whose work also can be seen in the Sistine
Chapel. These people were all individuals each of whom made great contributions in their
field by understanding and learning from the past and bringing that into their works.

Leonardo da Vinci is a good example of the perfect personification of the Renaissance
belief in man’s power to shape his own destiny and to shape the world as an
individual. He was born as the illegitimate son of a Tuscan village notary and a
16-year-old peasant girl, and was said to have died in the arms of the King of France.
Throughout his life, Leonardo da Vinci accomplished many things as both a scientist and an
artist. One of his greatest works is The Last Supper. It represents the theme of Jesus
sharing a last meal with his disciples telling them that one of them will betray him. The
interesting part here is that da Vinci brings a classical theme to life, but he does it
using an experimental technique that unfortunately was doomed from the beginning and
caused the painting to decade very early. Another thing that sets Leonardo da
Vinci’s work aside from other paintings over the same theme is the way he used math
in the construction of his painting. Looking at The Last Supper, we notice how the
disciples are grouped in units of three, centering the figure of Christ in the middle of
the picture. This shows how he as a Renaissance man not only gave rebirth to classical
values and ideas, but also how he as an individual contributed to those with his own
experimenting ideas and methods.

Leonardo da Vinci was not the only talented artist from that period. In fact, there were
many; another of the great ones was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti (1475-1564) the
Italian artist who among his works has the statue of David, and the painting of the Last
Judgment fresco in the Sistine Chapel. The statue of David, when looking at this statue
that was carved from one single block of marble you notice how Michelangelo was able to
get the muscle contractions of the arms and legs in a realistic manner. The statue shows
David, the future king of Israel, from the Old Testament story of David and Goliath. The
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