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Humanism in Art and Literature The time is the 13th century the place is Florence and the event is the Renaissance The greatest outbreak of art and literature in the history of the world happened during the Renaissance as artists and writers began to portray the realization of self and went above the medieval ideas to forge a new visualization of the world The Renaissance forever changed the representation of man Christ and the world to something never envisioned of in the medieval world Artists and authors were on the leading edge of the Renaissance with sweeping new ideas and techniques that revolutionized the entire way a man viewed his life the church and other key figures This new idea of humanism as it was called would motivate man to attain new heights and become the theme of the high Renaissance During the middle ages man thought that life on earth was fated and if you worked hard on earth you would have a better afterlife Everyday was a struggle for survival as wars and natural disasters broke out randomly without explanation The church completely dominated the arts and literature and had its artists and writers do whatever they wanted However as church and feudalism grew weaker man began to reflect that there might be a greater purpose to the worldly life Christ has changed from an immortal and stern judgmental figure to a more mortal human down-to-earth and forgiving man Artists and writers like Giotto Masaccio Leonardo da Vinci More Dante and many more could express their ideas and feelings freely with the support of powerful merchant families like the Medici family who were also patrons of the arts Every one of these figures will provide magnificent literary and artistic works that would help the philosophy of humanism become dominate Giotto was the first great painter of the Renaissance He was seen as an inspirational figure that restored paintings and depicting
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