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The Medieval Ages and the Renaissance were two distinct periods though there is no clear-cut line that separates them During this overlap a lot of changes took place in which order and justice were re-established When I picture the Middle Ages I picture a lost time period where people were ignorant and did not know how to stand up for themselves while in the Renaissance although it is bursting with art colour life and talent people where more conscious that they had a choice in things Medieval society was very much centred around God Any art was an imitation of what god had once created and the Church was the Supreme ruler One may even go as far as to say that the Church was a dictator and scared people into thinking what the Church wanted by using God and Hell as their tools The Church thought very much for itself and the Pope was a King with his own army and land Though the Church did bring some form of obedience and structure in the Middle Ages to the point that people were very Holy it followed a different structure completely to that in the Renaissance In contrast the Renaissance was an age very much centred around humanism and man himself This is easily seen from famous paintings of this time such as that of Portormos portrait of Alessandro de Medici some painting even exposed the full natural beauty of man or women such as The Birth of Venus by Botticelli The Church did pay some artists to portray the gospel using paintings such as Raphaels Madonna In the case of Raphaellos Madonna and Portormos portrait of the Alessandro de Medici these artists were commisioned to create these paintings This was known as patronage and was very popular in the Renaissance Although artists were very much in demand they did not have craft guilds during the Renaissance as other skilled workers had
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