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Legacy of the Renaissance


Kyle Sellers

on 7 April 2013

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Transcript of Legacy of the Renaissance

To this day, the effects of the Renaissance can be seen in every
walk of life. This influential time
period has affected the way we live
and created the life we know. Art Architecture Literature Inventions The Legacy of the Renaissance Influences from the Renaissance can be seen
everywhere we go. Whether it is the art in our
homes, the style of our houses, the books we read,
or the objects we use every day, the Renaissance
affects almost every aspect of our lives. Without
the advances made during this time period, our
lives would be very different. This modern-day sculpture is a representation of Velazquez's 1656 painting, "Las Meninas." It was created near the end of the Renaissance and can be seen in many different forms. This sculpture was created fairly recently and is an attempt to recreate this famous painting. This work is humanistic because, rather than portraying religious subject matter, it strives to show human emotion and is completely secular. It is very realistic. This painting is so influential that artists continue to emulate its style. Through this painting, the Renaissance lives on through modern art and sculpture. This photograph of a modern home clearly shows a Renaissance influence. The stately columns mark the entrance to the home in a grand way. Though the columns are not as impressive or ornate as Renaissance columns, they are obviously influenced by them. The doric style of the columns is apparent, and the arch between them is classic yet subtle. Columns during the Renaissance showed humanism because they added a sense of grandeur to non-religious buildings. Though the overall style of the columns has evolved in modern times, it can draw its influence to the columns of the Renaissance era. This recently-published book of Shakespearean Sonnets is an obvious example of the Renaissance legacy. Through the ages, the works of William Shakespeare have lived on in literature. They were examples of humanism during their time because of their content. Shakespeare strived to display human emotion in his works. He also wrote in the English vernacular -- a classic example of humanism. These pieces of literature have been adapted in many forms, but books continue to be the most popular. They are very influential and inspire many modern authors. They continue to be read and studied to this day. Even a simple pair of eyeglasses is enough to demonstrate the legacy of the Renaissance. Spectacles were invented in the 14th century and were mostly used by scholars. As more people became literate, glasses were bought by common people. This shows a shift in culture during this time of humanism. Originally, eyeglasses would only be worn by the clergy because they had access to an education. Later on, however, common people received an education and were able to afford eyeglasses. To this day, eyeglasses are extremely important. Imagine how different life would be if spectacles were never invented! Every time someone uses a pair of eyeglasses, the Renaissance lives on. One of the greatest inventions ever made came around during the Renaissance. The telescope was created during this age of invention in 1608. Researchers such as Galileo were the first to use this invention to study outer space. Galileo studied the surface of the moon and discovered many celestial bodies. Also with this instrument, he stated that the Earth revolved around the Sun -- an idea that would change the way we looked at the world forever. This invention led to humanistic ideas like never before. During this age of humanism, people were able to suggest secular ideas that went against the teachings of the Church. To this day, the telescope is used in many forms to study everything from the moon to distant galaxies. This photograph of a child's telescope reminds us of a time of intellect and inventiveness.
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