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Anatoly's Art History: The Renaissance and Humanism

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The rise–or rebirth, to be more specific–of Humanism during the Renaissance period had enormous influences on the art and culture of the time. Join Anatoly Vanetik on a walk through this period.

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Anatoly's Art History: The Renaissance and Humanism

  1. 1. Anatoly's Art History Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik RENAISSANCE AND HUMANISM
  2. 2. Renaissance & Humanism Background Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik It is impossible to write about the length of the Renaissance period while neglecting to mention the rise of humanism.Though not strictly an art­based revelation, the rise of humanism certainly had an impact on the art and culture of the period.
  3. 3. Renaissance & Humanism Background Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik Placing a strong focus on humankind, scientific reasoning, man’s image, and how our intellect reflects on us as a species, humanism’s rise can be attributed in part to the invention of movable print and a surge in the popularity of older philosophical texts.
  4. 4. Humanism What Is It? Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik "An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems." –Dictionary.com
  5. 5. Humanism In Simpler Terms Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik In simple terms, the embrace and rebirth of humanism represented a step towards science and away from religion. This was reflected in the art, culture and people of the time.
  6. 6. Humanism & Art Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik The spread of this scientific approach had tangible impacts on the art and artists of the time–take for example, da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (see background). There was a heightened concentration on proportions and on realism in the art that dominated the period–something that has remained a mainstay in some art today.
  7. 7. Re-Birth of Humanism Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik While the Renaissance period represented a rise in humanism, it certainly did not represent the birth of the movement. The texts of the past that were dug up and meticulously studied at the time– classical texts that had been lost for years. These texts, which lead to a rise in humanism and intellectualism lead to enormous changes not only in the style of the art, as mentioned above, but the subjects as well.
  8. 8. A Shift From Religion Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik Most art prior to the High Renaissance was inspired by religion, a central piece in art for almost as long as art has existed. But these rediscovered texts helped lead to a scientific revolution, pushing some artists away from painting religion and into the arms of scientific reasoning, study and deeply­rooted intellectualism.
  9. 9. For More Art History and Appreciation, Visit: TonyVanetik.net

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