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How Contemporary Art owes the Renaissance The following essay will discuss how the Contemporary World owes a debt to the Renaissance era The word Renaissance means rebirth a perfection of sorts which is exactly what the contemporary world strives for each and every day Many different advances began during the renaissance and continue to develop today Some of the different advances that began were technology education business-finance the importance of individuality and compartmentalization of our life During the fifteenth century the time of the Renaissance a society based on trade and banking began in Flanders Trade guilds were set up to control manufacturing as well as the production of works of art 246 In Flanders the people wanted to learn new things as well as expand their minds The Northerners on the other hand didn t really care to much about this So while Flanders expanded and moved on to the Renaissance the Northerners stayed in the Gothic era until the sixteenth centuryIn the Renaissance age the concept of humanism came about The title humanist was originally applied to a teacher of humanistic studies which included rhetoric grammar poetry history and moral philosophy 247 Christianity now became a part of the humanistic quality The human potential for achievement and excellence was sought out by humanists Humanism influenced all areas not just Flanders Soon everyone was taking up the idea of humanism It played an important role in the development of art theory Artists took classical works of art and used a literary approach to it Painters were no longer seen as people expressing their feelings They were seen as educators they used mathematics and scientific perspective within the paintings This opened a new level of discussions on art and gave artists a new dignity 248 Artists now studied other famous works in order to better themselves thus showing the importance of striving for excellence They began to create self-portraits showing their new level of
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