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I have a real love for Renaissance art The reason I chose this topic is because I took a class on art a freshman and really enjoyed it The book I read was The Art of the Renaissance After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in about the 5th century AD Europe remained poor and in poverty until the 11th century By then Europe began to grow and flourish While surrounding countries of Italy such as France Spain and England were powerful centralized nations Italy was still full of city-sized states Italy was now the center of trade and manufacturing Noble courts and wealthy people criticized artists and scholars as they saw them as non-equals Most Italian artists and sculptors modeled what the ancient Romans did in the way of art and literature Florence was the place where art had a rebirth following the masterpieces of Giotto in the 13th century In the 15th century a man by the name of Filippo Brunelleschi had turned his idea of art into architecture New buildings and Cathedrals were being built in Florence and Brunelleschis amazing sense of contrast of light classical proportions and spatial effects made him one of the best Later in the 1400s there was a painter by the name of Masaccio This amazing artist had a special was of creating 3 dimensions in all of his paintings As time went on more talented artists architects and sculptors had found themselves as part of a special time in Italy Masaccio life was short and because of that he was not able to teach many people his skills But his talent of light color contrast and perspective didnt go unnoticed Artists now used what Masaccio had discovered in all of the paintings and drawings And now the importance of lines was emphasized Outlines in paintings made a huge difference in proportion and weight In the following years new artists learned from those of
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