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The Renaissance was an era of beautiful artwork and structures that flourished all over Western Europe The artists began to be more expressive and creative in their designs Art evolved by way of subject matter technique influences and of course the artists Some of the most noted artists architects and sculptors of the High Renaissance include Giotto Donato Bramante Leonardo Da Vinci Michelangelo and Raphael It was one of the high points of humanism and the expression of creativity and beauty of life During the period between 1350 to 1550 art changed and evolved through its subject matter The subject matter of painting before the Renaissance was primarily religious it was concerned not with the naturalistic portrayal of human life but with the purpose of provoking a religious reaction of the viewer Painters were not interested in making a picture look realistic During the Renaissance all that changed Suddenly artwork began to put emphasis on human beings and the environment Giotto was one of the first masters to put these ideas on canvas He turned away from the symbolic art of the Middle Ages and went more towards art that dealed directly with people and things People were painted as to mimic social situations and settings were painted in attempt to look real Giotto along with Michelangelo helped catalyze this movement in which Italian artists moved from the unrealistic and symbolic art of the Middle Ages to a mastery of illusion Art began to give the impression that it was an accurate representation of real life As time moved on figures began to look more realistic For example Giottos work looks much more realistic than earlier art but when compared to Raphaels two hundred years later it is hardly representative Although there was an intense drive toward realism artists did not want to make a copy of nature They began to play around with perspective and manipulate what they actually saw Reality was
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