Deconstructing Renaissance Art

Renaissance, an era that embarked the transition from the Darkness to the Light!

The word ‘renaissance’ originating from the French word for ‘rebirth’, has played a significant role in European art, culture, science and technology. Exploring and learning about Renaissance Art history and its technicalities can be intimidating. However, here are a few points that will help you get started on this subject. 

Here are our Top 7 finds that will help you cover the simple basics of the Western Art period:

  1. Renaissance commenced in 14th century. It started in Florence, Italy, a place with a rich cultural history, mostly where wealthy citizens could afford to support budding artists. It was the Medici family, rulers of Florence back then, who played a significant role in this revolution.
  2. It was led by a movement called ‘Humanism’ where human thinkers promoted the idea – “man was the centre of his own universe”. It celebrated the mind, beauty, power and enormous potential of humans!
  3. Famous subjects of Art during Renaissance mostly included battle scenes, portraits and depictions of ordinary people.
  4. The human body was a fascination among the renaissance artists, hence we see considerable human nudes during this era. The artists were charmed with creating images of human beings where the bodies moved in natural ways and in their correct proportion. One of the most unique and the first non-religious nude since classical antiquity, ‘The Birth of Venus’ was painted by Sandro Botticelli.
  5. The Renaissance fine art painting saw the use of oil painting. This helped the paintings gain better perspective and depth, thereby making it look more realistic and natural.
  6.  The colours that dominated the Renaissance period were hues of reds, blues, yellows, browns, purples, greens, whites and blacks!
  7. It was the first time that a three-dimensional perspective  was added to art! Keeping aside the technicalities, the Renaissance paintings also portrayed strong human emotions of faith.

Here are some of the most important Renaissance artists and their famous works:

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) : The Mona Lisa, Last Supper and Vitruvian Man

The Last Supper

Michelangelo (1475 – 1564) : Sculpture of David, Pieta and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Raphael (1483-1520) : The School of Athens, Transfiguration 

The School of Athens

Bringing Renaissance art to your space!

If you love timeless decor and would want to add a touch of the classical Italian vibe to your space – here are a few styling tips for you!

  • Experiment with Renaissance art inspired wallpapers or wall murals from the medieval times.
  • Try out Italian Renaissance inspired cabinet artworks and designs.
  • Add an old rustic feel with patterned rugs, sculptures and Italian Renaissance inspired artworks with intricately carved chairs and tables.

A timeless trend stands no measure. Travelling from the 14th century to the 21st – classical art beautifully combines the appeal, practicality, functionality, versatility and rationality that distinguishes it from the periodical fads.

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