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Individualism in Renaissance Art

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Sidney Sickel

on 5 November 2014

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Individualism is a social theory advocating the liberty, rights, or independent action of the individual.
It highlights human reason, ability, and the type of person one should strive to be

Background Information
Art in medieval times was mainly used to glorify God, not the artist and that is why most artwork was not signed
People in the middle ages were also not promoted to be innovative, so the Renaissance was a huge deal
The Renaissance literally means "rebirth" and was in fact an innovative period while using the ancient teachings, philosophies, and art of Greco-Roman society
The "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo DaVinci is an example of individualistic art because it shows the individual person, doesn't contain any sort of religious aspect, and focuses on the person and the many different physical qualities she possesses.
Examples of Individualism
An artist signing one's work
Painting or sculpting art that portrays man as important and unique
Individualism in Renaissance Art
Other Examples
"School of Athens"
by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino
"Dutchess of Urbino" by Piero della Francesca
"Duke of Urbino" by Piero della Francesca
"St. George" by Donatello
Examples of non-individualistic art
innovations in visual and performing arts as well as many other ideas from the Renaissance were seen all over the world
New modes of production included the printing press, and new economical and social ideas were created such as capitalism and the focus on the individual instead of religion
The Renaissance had imperial expansion by the use of rulers in public displays of art to legitimize state power
"The Last Supper"
by Leonardo da Vinci
Further Readings
Kellard, Joeseph. "Leonardo Da Vinci: Renaissance Man Extrodanaire." Capitalism Magazine. Capitalism Magazine, 8 Sept. 1998. Web. 4 Nov. 2014. <http://capitalismmagazine.com/1998/11/leonardo-da-vinci-renaissance-man-extraordinaire/>.

"The Italian Renaissance (c.1400-1550)." The Flow of History. The Flow of History. Web. 4 Nov. 2014. <http://www.flowofhistory.com/units/west/11/FC76>.
Chickenboy95. "Individualism in the Italian Renaissance and the Romantic Era." (2011): n. pag. Oct. 2011. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.
"The Flow of History." FC76: The Italian Renaissance (c.1400-1550) -. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2014.
"The Discovery of the Individual and the Rediscovery of Classical Art and Literature." The Beginning of the Renaissance. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2014.
"Donatello." Josef Renaissance. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2014.
Madeline Atkinson/ Guided History (Boston University)
Encyclopedia Britannica
Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics, and Society By Marvin Perry, Myrna Chase, James Jacob, Margaret Jacob, Theodore Von Laue (Print)
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